Despite the jousting over platforms, IBM and Red Hat representatives said they were comfortable participating with the OpenStack Foundation, particularly because of its commitment to open-source development. Both companies have been contributing in a limited way to OpenStack’s community development.
Angel Diaz, vice president of Cloud Standards for IBM, an OpenStack Foundation platinum sponsor, said in an interview that the foundation emphasis on standards development is key for his company.
“We’re at an inflection point in cloud development where it’s important to reduce barriers to entry,” said Diaz. “OpenStack has the most people involved and it has the greatest adoption and developer participation. It will ensure our customers have freedom of choice to move between vendor and vendor.”
The architecture of IBM’s SmartCloud Foundation, its cloud services delivery platform, will mesh well with OpenStack, he added.
Brian Stevens, CTO and VP, Worldwide Engineering at Red Hat, said joining the OpenStack Foundation allows his company to mesh its own open-source product lineup with OpenStack’s open-source architecture. Red Hat is a platinum partner.
“While Red Hat has contributed extensively as part of the OpenStack development community, we are enthusiastic to now become an official member,” Stevens wrote in a blog. “OpenStack will now join an open source architecture that has been redefining our customers’ IT for the past ten years.”