OpenStack Innovation Center Celebrates First Anniversary

This post was co-written with David L. Brown of Intel, Rackspace’s partner in the OpenStack Innovation Center. 

This month marks six years since the founding of the OpenStack open source project by Rackspace and NASA, and within this time, OpenStack has emerged as the world’s leading open source cloud operating system.

With more than 54,000 individual contributors from 600 member companies across 179 countries, the OpenStack community has been one of the fastest growing. And many of the world’s most prominent cloud service providers — and a growing list of global enterprises — have now turned to OpenStack.

Yet, barriers to OpenStack’s broader adoption still exist. No one company can address these challenges on its own — we must work together as a community to address these barriers to ensure that the platform is ready for the workloads of tomorrow.

It was in this spirit that the OpenStack Innovation Center sprang to life — a joint investment between Rackspace and Intel to bring together teams of engineers to accelerate the evolution of the OpenStack platform. The objective is to make OpenStack easy to deploy, operate and use, with all of the features of an enterprise-class computing platform. This month, we’re proud to celebrate OSIC’s 1-year anniversary and reflect on our collective accomplishments.

Check out this fun infographic for an at-a-glance view of these accomplishments!

OSIC anniversary graphic

The team has focused on assembling the world’s largest joint engineering team focused on upstream contributions to OpenStack, introducing a comprehensive training program to add to the ever-growing number of developers and publishing a joint engineering roadmap to solicit community-wide feedback & participation.

Key engineering focuses include manageability, reliability and resilience, high availability, scalability, security and compliance, and simplicity, or usability. To date, the team has imparted over 10,000 hours of OpenStack knowledge to nearly 170 new contributors. Collectively, we have contributed to a whopping 25 OpenStack projects, completing nearly 90 blueprints and 36,514 code reviews, submitting 19,438 patch sets.

Specifically, we’ve set our sights on simplifying OpenStack deployments through improved and well-documented configuration options. We’ve also created the Craton fleet management project to bring best-in-breed operating tooling to enterprises everywhere. In addition, the team is creating a third-party performance CI that can be utilized by the community across projects to limit performance regressions. Our efforts have also included operational tests to improve deployment, scaling and upgrading across all projects.

In parallel, the OSIC team hosts the world’s largest OpenStack developer cloud — ultimately comprised of 2,000 nodes — to empower the community to test features and functionality at scale. Fully available to the OpenStack community since its opening, the first 1,000-node cluster has serviced 180 users among prominent organizations including Cambridge University, Midokura, Mirantis, PLUMGrid, Red Hat, StackHPC and VMware.

Since its inception, OSIC is delivering on its mission, by increasing the number of contributors, and contributions, to OpenStack, and advancing the platform’s enterprise capabilities and ease of deployment. All these investments help ensure OpenStack’s long-term vitality among enterprises around the world, and support the Intel Cloud for All vision to unleash tens of thousands of new clouds.

If you have an OpenStack test case that could benefit from the resources of a world-class developer cloud, or want to provide the team with your input on the joint engineering roadmap, visit


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