Defining OpenStack: Layering DefCore
VIDEO: Alan Clark, chairman of the board at the OpenStack Foundation, explains how the technical definition of what is considered the core of OpenStack is now evolving.PARIS--As part of every OpenStack Summit, there is a meeting of the OpenStack Foundation's board of directors where issues are discussed and decisions are made. At the OpenStack Summit here, the Foundation made a number of key decisions including electing a new Platinum member and discussing a key definition of what it means to be an OpenStack distribution. In a video interview with eWEEK, Alan Clark, chairman of the OpenStack Foundation's board of directors, detailed what decisions and discussions occurred at the Paris summit. There were five vendors that applied to become a Platinum sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation, with Intel winning the coveted spot. Clark explained that the Platinum sponsorship shows the highest level of commitment to the OpenStack project. As part of the board activities, there were also discussions on the organizational structure of what actually constitutes an OpenStack-related product. OpenStack has an effort known as DefCore that aims to help define what the core of OpenStack actually is.
Currently there are multiple projects in an OpenStack integrated release. For the recent Juno release cycle, the integrated projects included Nova Compute, Swift Storage, Cinder block storage, Horizon dashboard, Keystone identity, Trove database, Quantum Networking, Glance image, Heat orchestration, Ceilometer metering and Sahara big data.