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Airship Delivers OpenStack and Kubernetes at Scale, Earns Confirmation as Top-Level OSF Project
The OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors announced that former pilot project Airship has been confirmed as a top-level Open Infrastructure Project of the OpenStack Foundation (OSF).

Addressing what is projected by 451 Research to be a combined $12 billion market in 2023, Airship delivers OpenStack and Kubernetes to support a common user need: embracing containers as the new unit of infrastructure delivery at scale. Airship provides an integrated collection of loosely coupled, interoperable open source tools to declaratively automate cloud provisioning, thereby simplifying cloud building for operators like telecoms, manufacturers, healthcare providers and individual developers.

Starting from bare metal, Airship manages the full lifecycle of infrastructure to deliver a production-grade Kubernetes cluster with Helm-deployed artifacts, including OpenStack-Helm. Airship allows operators to manage their infrastructure deployments and lifecycle through the declarative YAML documents that describe an Airship environment. One workflow handles both initial deployments as well as future site updates.

Confirmation by the OSF conveys recognition of a project's success in meeting the goals of the pilot process and a commitment from the OSF to continue supporting the project. When evaluating a pilot project for confirmation, the OSF Board of Directors considers, among other factors, whether the project can demonstrate the following:

  • a strategic focus aligned with that of the OSF and its open infrastructure mission
  • well-defined governance procedures
  • a commitment to technical best practices and open collaboration, especially as conveyed by the principles of the Four Opens
  • an actively engaged ecosystem of developers and users that demonstrates a growing, healthy and diverse community

"This is big news for our community, for two reasons," said Claire Massey, Senior Programs Manager, OpenStack Foundation. "First, it demonstrates a steady march from pilot to confirmation and production readiness for our pilot projects. It speaks well for the success of our incubation model. Second, it is another proof point that the open infrastructure community wants solutions that incorporate the power in the combination of OpenStack and Kubernetes to deploy, operate and manage the end-of-life process for infrastructure resources at scale."

Airship became an OSF pilot project in May 2018 and was confirmed on October 22, 2019. During this time,

  • The contributor base has expanded considerably, with 3,862 all-time commits from 174 authors representing more than 20 companies. Contributing organizations include 99Cloud, Accenture, Aptira, AT&T, AWCloud, Charter Communications, Cisco, Dell EMC, Ericsson, Fiberhome, Fujitsu, Imaginea, Inspur, Intel, Mirantis, OVH, Red Hat, SKTelecom, Solinea, SUSE, Wind and ZTE.
  • 99Cloud, Akraino Edge Stack, AT&T, CNTT, Ericsson, Mirantis, OPNFV, SKTelecom, and StarlingX have become early adopters of the software.
  • The Airship community has delivered one software release and eleven minor releases, and is actively collaborating and delivering cross-community integration with Akraino Edge Stack, Argo, Containerd, Helm, Metal3, Multus, Open Container Initiative, OpenStack, OPNFV, and StarlingX.
Published Wednesday, October 23, 2019 7:14 AM by David Marshall
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