Folsom is the second OpenStack release in 2012, following the Essex release, which debuted in February. Folsom is also the first release of OpenStack made under the auspices of the newly minted OpenStack Foundation.
The OpenStack Foundation now has the support of some of the largest IT companies in the world, including: IBM, Dell, HP, Cisco and AT&T as well as the three largest Linux vendors, Ubuntu, SUSE and Red Hat.
“Folsom is a huge release,” Brian Stevens, CTO of Red Hat told Datamation. “Every release is always better in the land of open source in terms of features and stability.”
When the OpenStack project first launched it was all about compute with the Nova compute project and the Swift storage project. In the Folsom release that is expanding with the official inclusion of the Quantum networking project.