The vote was taken during the November 17 Board Meeting and follows the approval of four new Gold Members at the October Board Meeting, all of which will bring new investment and resources to complement the ranks of technology vendors and users in the community. The Board evaluates new potential members based on their strategic commitment to OpenStack, contributions to the community, and diversity of company size, location and industry.
China Telecom is one of the largest mobile carriers in the world with more than 500 million subscribers and 300 datacenters, and the company is currently migrating its CloudStack deployment to OpenStack. Inspur has more than 9.8 billion USD in annual revenue and manages hundreds of thousands of servers. ZTE is a global leader in telecommunications and information technology and was a top 15 contributor to the latest OpenStack Newton software release.
“OpenStack is truly a global community, with nearly 650 companies supporting the project in 187 countries,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. “The investment and commitment of these seven new Gold Members underscores the global growth and evolution of OpenStack, with projects of massive scale serving millions of end users in China and other markets worldwide.”
Foundation membership is limited to eight Platinum Members and 24 Gold Members. In addition to the three new Gold Members elected at the November Board meeting on Thursday, Gold members for 2017 are 99cloud, Aptira, CCAT, China Mobile, Cisco, City Network, Dell EMC, Deutsche Telekom, DreamHost, EasyStack, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, inwinSTACK, Juniper Networks, Mirantis, NEC, NetApp, Symantec and UnitedStack.