OpenStack renamed as Open Infrastructure Foundation as open source org tackles AI, edge computing

OpenStack renamed as Open Infrastructure Foundation as open source org tackles AI, edge computing

The OpenStack Foundation has rebranded itself the Open Infrastructure Foundation (OIF). The name change recognizes an expansion of the organization’s mission, scope and community to advance open source over the next decade to support open infrastructure for a market estimated at $20 billion USD.

As the requirements for compute, storage and networking have evolved, the role of open source software has expanded. During this evolution, the Foundation has remained focused on building open source communities that write software for production environments for emerging use cases, including AI, 5G and edge computing.

“Over the last 10 years since we started OpenStack, open source has experienced such rapid growth that today 99% of companies run open source components in their codebase,” said Mark Collier, COO of the OIF. “As we look to the next decade of infrastructure, it’s clear that open source is the way we’ll get there, and a community-driven software approach is how we will do it. That’s why we are excited to welcome Ant Group, FiberHome and Wind River as new Platinum Members, committed to community collaboration and driving progress with open infrastructure projects.”

A key participant in the community-driven software approach for Kata Containers, Ant Group, the world’s largest payment processor, joined the OIF as a Platinum Member during the October 13 Foundation board meeting. Its team contributes upstream to Kata Containers, has a member on the Architecture Committee and runs Kata Containers in production on thousands of nodes and over 10,000 cores.

After initial code for StarlingX was contributed by Wind River and Intel, Wind River has continued to actively participate in advancing the software project and commercialization of the software. Today, Wind River is increasing its investment in the community by joining the OIF as a Platinum Member and continuing to grow its efforts in AI and machine learning (ML), edge virtualization and cloud-native technologies.

Previously a Gold Member, FiberHome was also approved last week to become a Platinum Member, continuing the work it is doing with the OIF on advancing features in both OpenStack and StarlingX.

Support for the OIF comes from over 60 founding members, including Platinum Members Ant Group, AT&T, Ericsson, FiberHome, Huawei, Red Hat, Wind River and Tencent.

Supporting Open Infrastructure Projects for the Next Decade

Currently the OIF comprises over 100,000 community members in over 187 countries and advances projects such as AirshipKata ContainersOpenInfra Labs, OpenStack, StarlingX and Zuul. The OIF recently announced its support for the Magma project.

Magma is an open source software platform that gives network operators an open, flexible and extendable mobile core network solution. Magma was developed by Facebook to bring more people online to a faster network by enabling service providers with open, flexible and extensible carrier-grade networks. Facebook provides technical direction and development leadership for the project, bringing Magma deployments to market globally in partnership with a growing ecosystem.

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