The Folsom release is set for a late September release, and the OpenStack Foundation could makes its debut in the same timeframe.
“We’re on target to launch the foundation,” Mark Collier, Rackspace VP of Business & Corporate Development, told InternetNews. “Now what we’re doing is the blocking and tackling and moving the ball forward so that everything is on track.”
The OpenStack Foundation effort was officially announced in April of this year as a way to bring a new open governance structure to the open source effort. As part of the foundation, the top platinum tier of members pay $500,000 a year. The initial set of platinum members includes AT&T, Canonical, HP, IBM, Nebula, Rackspace, Red Hat and SUSE.
OpenStack was originally started as a joint effort of Rackspace and NASA back in July of 2010. While the official formation of the OpenStack Foundation will be a milestone moment, Collier noted that it won’t change the technical direction of the project, but it will provide a transparency and open governance.
The last OpenStack release was Essex, which was released in April of this year. Essex is set to be followed up with Folsom in September.
Jonathan Bryce, chairman of the Project Policy Board for OpenStack, told InternetNews that the Folsom release cycle is going well so far. Among the new technologies that will debut in that release are several new pieces in the Quantum networking project. Those pieces will provide IP address management and layer 3 network management as well. There is also some new block storage functionality set to land in Folsom with the new Cinder effort.