OpenStack has always included networking capabilities, though initially those capabilities were somewhat limited and only available inside of the Nova Compute project. The OpenStack Quantum project got started in 2011 and was recently renamed Neutron.
The Quantum/Neutron project was originally started by Dan Wendlandt, who currently serves as Director of Product Management for OpenStack at VMware. Wendlandt noted that for the Havana release, VMware is one of the lead contributors to Neutron.
“We’re committing code both from a community perspective and from a VMware driver perspective,” Wendlandt said. “We’ve added support for all the new goodness that comes from VMware NSX.”