Seven Key Milestones in OpenStack's Five-Year History

1 - Seven Key Milestones in OpenStack's Five-Year History
2 - One Small Step for Two Companies: NASA, Rackspace
3 - Formation of Foundation
4 - Big Vendors Back OpenStack
5 - OpenStack Swift and Nova
6 - Image, Dashboard and Identity Project Enable the OpenStack Platform
7 - OpenStack Moving to a Big Tent Model
8 - Big-Name Users Embrace OpenStack
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Seven Key Milestones in OpenStack's Five-Year History

OpenStack, which just turned 5 years old, has emerged as one of the leading cloud platforms, and now its member roster includes governments and major companies.

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One Small Step for Two Companies: NASA, Rackspace

OpenStack was formed in July 2010 with two core components, NASA's Nebula compute project, which was renamed Nova, and Rackspace's Swift storage projects.

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Formation of Foundation

The OpenStack Foundation was officially launched in September 2012, providing a multi-stakeholder governance model beyond just Rackspace.

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Big Vendors Back OpenStack

Today, OpenStack's supporting company list reads like a who's who of the IT industry. At the top tier are the platinum members, including AT&T, Canonical, HP, IBM, Intel, Rackspace, Red Hat and SUSE.

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OpenStack Swift and Nova

The first two projects that laid the foundation for OpenStack are the Nova compute project and the Swift storage project.

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Image, Dashboard and Identity Project Enable the OpenStack Platform

Soon after the initial release of OpenStack in 2010, multiple new projects emerged to create a more robust platform that enables infrastructure-as-a-service technology. Among the first new projects to be integrated into OpenStack were the Glance image, Horizon dashboard and Keystone identity projects.

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OpenStack Moving to a Big Tent Model

For the next major release of OpenStack, code named Liberty and scheduled to debut later this year, the open-source cloud platform is moving to a more inclusive model for project inclusion known as the "Big Tent." Under the Big Tent, there are multiple new projects, including Magnum containers, Murano app catalog and Congress policy projects.

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Big-Name Users Embrace OpenStack

Users are perhaps the single biggest force in the OpenStack community, defining needs and pushing the platform forward. Big-name users include Walmart, Best Buy, Comcast, AT&T, Yahoo, eBay and the U.S. National Security Agency.

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