If you think about it, Austin is the perfect place to host this year’s OpenStack Summit. Both are vibrant communities, full of some of the brightest tech minds of our generation.

fcdf506fba557455d2c25870ba66bfb1In the early 2000s, a campaign started in Austin that urged the city, its residents and its businesses to “Keep Austin weird.” It was fitting at the time, as this once-quirky college town was transitioning into the tech hub that it is today—Silicon Hills, as some call it.

Every global tech giant now has a presence in Austin, including Apple, AT&T, Cisco, Facebook, Google, HP, Oracle and many more. Austin is also home to one of IBM’s largest research facilities.

If OpenStack were to adopt a similar slogan to “Keep Austin Weird,” I like to think that it would be something like, “Keep OpenStack collaborative.” During its six years, the one thing that has made this community so successful has been the fact that it has attracted so many contributors and continues to grow at such a steady pace.

From its humble beginnings, OpenStack has gotten very real. It’s good, high quality code that enterprises can depend on—and more are depending on it every day. It’s also faster, better and easier to put together than it every has been. I attribute this to the healthy, vibrant ecosystem that is always willing to welcome newcomers and help them on their journey.

Austin has always been a special place for the OpenStack community. It’s consistently been a hotbed of activity for much of what’s happening today with OpenStack, including some of the recent mid-cycle meetups.

How vibrant is the OpenStack community?

openstack-mitaka-logoThe OpenStack Foundation currently supports more than 30,000 Individual Members from over 170 countries. This month saw the release of OpenStack Mitaka (Brad Topol has the details here), which had contributions from 2,236 developers, the largest number of contributors yet for a single release.

IBM has been there for every step.

Overall, IBM ranked third out of 293 companies with more than 4,000 commits to the Mitaka release. In less than six months, 212 IBM developers participated in 22,463 code reviews, implemented 76 blueprints, and fixed 824 bugs for a total of more than 464,583 lines of code. That early doubles our contribution to the October release, and it doesn’t stop there.

There are currently nine projects where IBM is No. 1 on either reviews or commits (Cinder, Horizon, Keystone, Neutron, RefStack, Barbican, Chef, Senlin, Magnum). We are No. 1 on reviews and commits for four projects (Keystone, RefStack, Barbican, Senlin). And we have made step-change improvements in our reviews/commits across nearly all projects.

At the individual level, seven IBM contributors have been elected to the Project Technical Leader position for key OpenStack projects.

I don’t point out these numbers to brag, by any means. There have certainly been numerous partners along the way that have worked closely with us to drive this project forward. I point it out to simply highlight IBM’s unwavering commitment to OpenStack and the community as a whole.

IBM will have 60 IBM speakers hosting 40 sessions at the summit. Nate Ziemann has the details on those in his latest post.

Openstack Austin IBM SponsorI encourage you to learn more about the community, and if you’re heading to Austin for the OpenStack Summit, be sure to attend an IBM Client Day on Tuesday, April 26. We have a strong lineup of sessions and speakers, including several IBM OpenStack Project Technical Leaders and core contributors. Following IBM Client Day, we’ll host the community evening party at Clive Bar, where you can hear live music, enjoy some gratis refreshments and authentic Texas-style BBQ.

As OpenStack becomes the platform of choice for cloud operating systems, it’s important that we focus on the services and things that matter to the users. If OpenStack is to underpin the hyperscale cloud of the future, we’ll need to make the most of events like the OpenStack Summit. That’s why we can’t wait to meet more of you in Austin, and look forward to working together to push OpenStack to its next phase and keep OpenStack collaborative.

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