How the OpenStack community is shaping the new Pike release

Changes at OpenStack

© Images courtesy of Swapnil Bhartiya

© Images courtesy of Swapnil Bhartiya

Article from Issue 205/2017
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The quintessential open source cloud platform unveils a new development model with its latest release.

OpenStack has become boring. Boring is good in enterprise. It's a sign of maturity, stability, and consistent growth. OpenStack is showing all of that. However, it has also had its share of problems. With great adoption, comes great bloat. As OpenStack started getting deployed in new use cases, it started to see new projects being created by those users to address their own niche.

To maintain quality, the OpenStack project came out with an integrated release model, where new projects had to go through a vigorous incubation process. Once matured, they had to go through a voting process to become part of the integrated release. It didn't work out well, as many projects failed to meet the standards set by the OpenStack project. It was a dead end.

OpenStack tried to solve that problem in 2015 by moving away from an integrated release model to a Big Tent model. Under the Big Tent model, community members were free to work on their projects without having to worry about going through the incubating and voting process.

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