This month’s OSF newsletter features 2019 OpenStack Foundation Annual Report, upcoming events, projects update and more.


Welcome to the latest edition of the OpenStack Foundation Open Infrastructure newsletter, a digest of the latest developments and activities across open infrastructure projects, events and users. Sign up to receive the newsletter and email [email protected] to contribute.

Spotlight on 2019 OpenStack Foundation Annual Report

The OSF community had a productive year, merging 58,000 code changes to produce open source infrastructure software like Airship, Kata Containers, StarlingX, and Zuul, along with the third most active OSS project in the world, OpenStack. With 100,000 members and millions more visiting OSF websites in 2019 to get involved, the community made huge strides in addressing the $7.7 billion market for OpenStack and more than $12 billion combined OpenStack & containers markets in the future.

Each individual member, working group, SIG, and contributor was instrumental in continuing to support the OSF mission: helping people build and operate open infrastructure. The OSF 2019 Annual Report was published today highlighting the achievements across the community and the goals for the year ahead.

Let’s break down some of the highlights of last year:

  • The OSF confirmed three new open infrastructure projects to complement OpenStack in powering the world’s open infrastructure;
  • OpenStack is one of the top three most active open source projects in number of changes, and is projected to be a $7.7 billion USD market by 2023;
  • Some of the world’s largest brands—AT&T, Baidu, Blizzard Entertainment, BMW, China UnionPay, Walmart, and Volvo among others—shared their open source infrastructure use cases and learnings;
  • Upstream contributors continued to prioritize cross-project integration with open source projects including Ceph, Kubernetes, Ansible, and Tungsten Fabric.
  • New contributors were on-boarded through multiple internship and mentoring programs as well as OpenStack Upstream Institute, which was held in seven countries last year!

The OSF would like to extend a huge thanks to the global community for all of the work that went into 2019 and is continuing in 2020 to help people build and operate open source infrastructure. Check out the full OSF 2019 Annual Report on the OpenStack website!

OpenStack Foundation (OSF)

  • The results for the 2020 election of Individual Directors are in! Congratulations to all the elected 2020 OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors! Check out the results.
  • New Event! OpenDev+PTG
    • June 8-11 in Vancouver, BC
    • OpenDev + PTG is a collaborative event organized by the OpenStack Foundation gathering developers, system architects, and operators to address common open source infrastructure challenges.
    • Registration is now open!
    • Programming Committee information is available now. Sponsorship information will be coming soon.
  • The next Open Infrastructure Summit will be held this fall on October 19-23 in bcc Berlin Congress Center, Germany. Registration and sponsorships will be available soon, stay tuned for details!

Airship: Elevate your infrastructure

  • Airship Blog Series 5 – Drydock and Its Relationship to Cluster API – As part of the evolution of Airship 1.0, an enduring goal has remained supporting multiple provisioning backends beyond just bare metal. This includes those that can provision to third-party clouds and to other use cases like OpenStack VMs as well as enable you to bring your own infrastructure. Read how Drydock is used to accomplish this.
  • Check out the Airship YouTube playlist and see the Airship content that you might have missed at the Shanghai Summit.
  • Interested in getting involved? Check out this page.

Kata Containers: The speed of containers, the security of VMs

  • Kata Containers 1.9.4 and 1.10.0 releases are available now! The 1.10.0 release highlights on initial support for Cloud Hypervisor, HybridVsock support for cloud hypervisor and firecracker, updated Firecracker version to v0.19.1 and better rootless support for firecracker. This release also deprecates bridged networking model.
  • 2019 was a breakthrough year with production deployments and many milestones of Kata Containers. Check out what the community had accomplished in the past year and Kata Containers’ project update in the 2019 OpenStack Foundation Annual Report!
  • Looking for the 2020 Architecture Committee meeting agenda? See this meeting notes etherpad.

OpenStack: Open source software for creating private and public clouds

  • The community goals for the Ussuri development cycle have been finalized: dropping Python 2.7 support (championed by Ghanshyam Mann), and project-specific PTL and contributor documentation(championed by Kendall Nelson). Those should be completed by the Ussuri release, which is scheduled to happen on May 13, 2020.
  • The name for the release after Ussuri has been selected. It will be called Victoria, after the capital of British Columbia, where our next PTG will happen.
  • Special Interest Groups regroup users and developers interested in supporting a specific use case for OpenStack. Two new SIGs were recently formed. The Large Scale SIG wants to push back scaling limits within a given cluster and document better configuration defaults for large scale deployments. The Multi-arch SIG wants to better support OpenStack on CPU architectures other than x86_64. If you’re interested in those topics, please join those SIGs!
  • Interested in getting involved in the OpenStack community, but you don’t know where to start? Want to jump into a project, but you don’t know anyone? The First Contact SIG can help! For more information, you can check out their wiki page. They have regular biweekly meetings and hang out in the #openstack-dev and #openstack-upstream-institute IRC channels ready to answer your questions!

StarlingX: A fully featured cloud for the distributed edge

  • StarlingX 3.0 is now available! It integrates the Train version of OpenStack, adds improvements to the areas of container and hardware acceleration support, and delivers a new functionality called Distributed Cloud architecture. Check out the release notes for further details or download the ISO image and start playing with the software!
  • The community has been focusing on increasing test coverage and running a remote hackathon. Check their etherpad for more details and keep an eye out for updates on the starlingx-discuss mailing list.
  • The next StarlingX Community Meetup is taking place on March 3-4 in Chandler, Arizona. If you would like to attend on site please register on the planning etherpad as soon as you can!

Zuul: Stop merging broken code

  • The Zuul Project Lead position has been renewed, and the maintainers have chosen James Blair to lead them through the 2020 term.
  • A significant overhaul of Zuul’s service documentation is underway, with the goal of making it easier for users to find the information they need.
  • December and January saw four minor releases of Zuul (3.12.0-3.15.0) and two for Nodepool (3.10.0 and 3.11.0). Among a slew of other improvements, these switched the default Ansible version from 2.7 to 2.8, added support for the latest version (2.9), deprecated the most recent EOL version (2.6) and removed support for its predecessor (2.5). This follows a more consistent Ansible support lifecycle plan, which is in the process of being formalized.

Find the OSF at these upcoming Open Infrastructure community events



  • May 4: OpenStack Day DR Congo



  • July 15: Cloud Operator Day Japan


  • October 19-23: Open Infrastructure Summit Berlin

For more information about these events, please contact [email protected]

Questions / feedback / contribute

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