OpenStack Opens Up Voting Process

As Rackspace (s rax) Cloud President Lew Moorman suggested here last month, Rackspace is opening up the OpenStack board to participation by a greater number of contributors. Issues arose after Rackspace bought Anso Labs last month, giving Rackspace an overwhelming majority of Project Oversight Committee seats, leading some members of the community to suggest that Rackspace was making a play to have complete control over the open-source cloud computing platform project it launched last summer.

According to a blog post today by OpenStack Project Oversight Committee Chairman Jonathan Bryce, that committee  has actually been renamed the Project Policy Board, and will increase to 12 members from 9.  Of those, Rackspace will appoint 4 members, the community will vote on 5 members, and the remaining 3 members will be the three OpenStack Project Technical Leads. The latter group is the result of another change to the OpenStack governing process — the creation and election of leaders for each of the compute, storage and image service components of OpenStack.

OpenStack has grown considerably since its inception, and now counts a number of large vendors among its members, including Cisco (s csco), Dell (s dell), Intel (s intc) and Citrix (s ctxs), as well as Rackspace.

In another change, there will now be an OpenStack Advisory Board consisting of representatives from, as Bryce describes, “commercial sponsors (those who are building businesses on OpenStack), enterprises and service providers who are deploying it, and category experts.  The primary function of this body is to provide guidance on OpenStack’s mission, and to evangelize on its behalf.”

In my discussion with Moorman last month, he stated there was “no truth at all” to allegations that Rackspace bought Anso Labs to push its own agenda within OpenStack, adding that, “If we end up becoming a dictator in this thing, it won’t go anywhere.”

Voting for the five open Project Policy Board seats (three of which are Project Technical Leads) will take place later this month so the board members are in place before next month’s design summit, out of which is expected to emerge the OpenStack “Cactus” release. The plan is for Cactus to be the first OpenStack release ready to operate at service-provider scale.

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