[Shenzhen, China, January 16, 2017] The election of Gold Directors on the 2017 OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors has confirmed that Huawei again held a seat on the board. Out of 24 gold member candidates, Huawei was one of eight foundation members to gain a seat. Re-election to the board demonstrates Huawei's increasing influence within the OpenStack community and the Foundation's recognition of Huawei's contributions to open-source activities.
The OpenStack Foundation Board includes eight Gold Directors who are elected by the Gold Members of the OpenStack Foundation at the beginning of each year. The Board of Directors has a great deal of influence over the direction of OpenStack.
Huawei joined the OpenStack Foundation in 2012 and became a Gold Member one year later. In 2016, because of its commitment to the OpenStack community, Huawei became the first Chinese provider to obtain a Gold Board seat. In 2016, two Huawei-led open-source data protection and cascading solutions projects became official OpenStack projects. Multiple companies have participated in these projects, which provide leading solutions for cloud-based data protection, unified cross-cloud management, and interconnection among heterogeneous clouds.
Huawei currently has six project team leads and 19 core members in the OpenStack community. In the Newton release, Huawei ranked sixth globally in terms of completed blueprints and first in China in terms of the overall contributions, significantly improving its influence on the technological development of the community.
Huawei has invested many resources into the promotion of OpenStack in order to improve China's influence in the global open-source field and aid in the development of open-source technology. Huawei has collaborated with Intel to host OpenStack Bug Smash activities, led Chinese developers in fixing bugs, and helped to safeguard OpenStack releases. Huawei was an active participant in the first OpenStack Days China, presenting several customer best practices, and receiving recognition from the OpenStack Foundation.
With its global sales and service platform, Huawei's OpenStack-based cloud OS FusionSphere serves customers in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, finance, the government and public sectors, media, and manufacturing. At a time when many enterprises are building their own private clouds, Huawei has introduced OpenStack into the public cloud. Huawei has built the OpenStack-based public cloud platform for Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, and China Telecom, and provides OpenStack-based public cloud services on its self-operated Huawei Enterprise Cloud platform.
Ren Zhipeng, President, IT Cloud Computing & Big Data Platform Product Line, Huawei, said, "Huawei seeks to adopt a customer-centric strategy in the cloud service industry. Huawei has embraced the open-source community and its strategy moving forward is to provide services based on open-source technology, introduce enhancements to open-source technology, make contributions to open-source technology, and work with its partners to build an open ecosystem. Huawei aims to build an open, 'win-win' cloud computing ecosystem and enable the digital transformation and business success of enterprises and carriers."