Align with the OpenStack Foundation
The Center is dedicated to advancing the goals of the OpenStack community by aligning with the OpenStack Foundation using a two-pronged approach—both tops-down and bottoms-up. This approach feeds all three of the key tenets—from the training program to the engineering roadmap and developer cloud—to enhance the manageability, scalability, reliability, high availability, and security of the OpenStack platform.
From a tops-down perspective, the Center publishes its engineering roadmap and solicits feedback on this roadmap through the OpenStack Foundation’s Enterprise, Product and Operator Workgroups. This approach ensures that the engineering team works on the right features to advance the OpenStack platform for use by enterprise customers, as validated by the community.
From a bottoms-up standpoint, the Center engages with the OpenStack community and invites individual contributors to suggest ideas for the roadmap, or contribute to the work already specified on the roadmap. Individuals can also make proposals to test new features and capabilities, taking advantage of the developer cloud to enrich collaboration.
Contribute all work upstream
In the true spirit of open source, the Center is committed to furthering open standards and preventing vendor lock-in by ensuring that all work is contributed upstream, working with the community to advance the collective state of the technology.
As an example, one of the requirements in gaining access to the developer cloud is that applicants must commit to sharing the results of their development and testing through the publication of white papers, operational guides, and other such documentation.