Rackspace hosting are to form an OpenStack Foundation in 2012, according to the Openspace blog.
Rackspace, NASA, and over 20 other companies launched OpenStack in July of 2010 with the goal of building the ubiquitous open source cloud operating system. In just over a year, the community has grown to over 100 organizations all over the globe, producing 4 software releases in a short period of time. A founding goal was to grow the community well beyond Rackspace, both in terms of code contributions, and users. As we approach 2012, those goals are within reach. Some recent highlights:
Code contributions are coming from a broad group. For example, in a recent Diablo milestone 12 features were contributed by developers from 8 different companies.
The number of companies and organizations backing OpenStack is now well over 110, including industry giants such as Cisco, HP, and Dell.
OpenStack start ups are also being funded at an amazing rate, including Piston and Nebula, both founded by ex-NASA folks who helped create OpenStack and are now leading companies around it, and Techstars recently announced an incubator program for Cloud start ups focused on OpenStack.
User adoption is really taking off, and we’ll be hearing from MercardoLibre, CERN, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Fidelity, Disney, and NeCTAR tomorrow during the OpenStack Conference in Boston.