OpenStack is currently in the process of migrating from a loosely governed project to full open source foundation governance model. AT&T, Canonical, HP, IBM, Nebula, Rackspace, Red Hat and SUSE will be Platinum members of the new foundation. Cisco, ClearPath, Cloudscaling, Dell, DreamHost, ITRI, Mirantis, Morphlabs, NetApp, Piston Cloud Computing and Yahoo are joining the effort as Gold members. The difference between membership tiers is about money and doesn’t affect the technical direction of the project.
Jonathan Bryce, chairman of the Project Policy Board for OpenStack, explained to InternetNews.com that as part of the process of building the OpenStack Foundation, it’s now time to get companies to take a formal step and state their intentions around sponsoring the foundation.
The Platinum membership involves a three-year commitment of $500,000 a year, which will provide the OpenStack Foundation as a whole with a minimum of $4 million in funding a year.
“Money is just one part of it, we want companies to all pitch in so we can build something great together,” Byrce said. “Platinum members also have requirements around full-time employees that they have contributing to the open source project and a corporate strategy that lines up with OpenStack as well.”