OpenStack board elects Huawei as Platinum member, H3C as Gold member

The board of directors of the OpenStack Foundation has elected Huawei as a Platinum Member and H3C as a Gold Member of the Foundation during its meeting on March 9, 2017, the company said.

Huawei has built OpenStack-powered telecoms, enterprise and government clouds around the world, and the company has contributed dozens of developers and community organizers to the open source project. Huawei has been a Gold Member of the OpenStack Foundation since November 2013 and will now take the place of HPE as one of eight Platinum Members.

Huawei FusionSphere is an OpenStack Powered cloud OS that enables OpenStack-based private, public and NFV clouds. companies Huawei is working with include Dongfeng Motors, a large automotive manufacturer in China, and Deutsche Telekom, whose Open Telekom Cloud is based on Huawei FusionSphere.

The board also approved New H3C Technologies Co., Limited, as the newest Gold Member.

H3C is a provider of IT solutions. In the past few years, H3C has played a role in more than 200 OpenStack deployments in China, including 40 enterprise clouds, 110 government clouds (national, provincial and municipal) and 30 education clouds.

Large-scale customers include the China National Offshore company, an oil & gas company with more than 20 data centers across Asia, America, Africa and Australia; the Henan Province Health Multi-Region Cloud Platform covering 18 cities; and the Sichuan Province Unified Government Cloud, a hybrid cloud datacenter providing services for all government departments.

The OpenStack Foundation Board evaluates new potential members based on their strategic commitment to OpenStack and contributions to the community, as well as diversity of company size, location and industry.

Foundation membership is limited to eight Platinum Members and 24 Gold Members. In addition to Huawei, Platinum Members are AT&T, Canonical, IBM, Intel, Rackspace, Red Hat and SUSE. H3C joins 20 other Gold Members, including 99Cloud, Aptira, CCAT, China Mobile, China Telecom, Cisco, City Network, Dell EMC, Deutsche Telekom, EasyStack, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Inspur, inwinSTACK, Mirantis, NEC, NetApp, UnitedStack and ZTE.

OpenStack is the standard for private clouds and is also available as a service via dozens of public cloud providers around the world. At its core, OpenStack is an open source integration engine that provides APIs to orchestrate bare metal, virtual machine and container resources on a single network. The same OpenStack code powers a global network of public and private clouds, backed by the largest ecosystem of technology providers, to enable cost savings, control and portability.