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Is Red Hat now the boss of OpenStack? Should it be?

This is, of course, the power and risk of OSS. Control of the roadmap is driven by consensus. If Red Hat adds enough voices to the chorus, it will be able to steer the direction. You’re always welcome to start your own fork and if your direction provides more value to the community at large you’ll find more support for your fork over others. That’s super powerful for shops that find themselves aligned with common use cases, riskier for folks that may be the edge cases.


Rackspace(s rax) turned over the reins of OpenStack to a foundation just over three years ago, in part to show that the open-source cloud framework was not dominated by one vendor. And presto, other  vendors signed on in droves.  There are, at last count: 8 top-tier Platinum members; 19 Golds; 60 Corporate Sponsors and — wait, there’s more –more than 200 “supporting organizations.”  GoDaddy just joined the effort last week. Seems like the only major IT vendors not on that list somewhere are Amazon(s amzn) and Microsoft(s msft).

And yet, there is uneasiness among the rank-and-file that Red Hat(s rhat) is angling to be the new boss in town. By some counts, Red Hat contributed the most code to the current Havana release of OpenStack and according to attendees of the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong last fall, Red Hat signage and presence dominated the floor.

Scratch the surface and there’s…

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Chris Saunders

Infrastructure nerd learning to code and be a better human

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