Bragging rights to Big Red

Red Hat still hold the OpenStack power, new stats show

Chris Mayer

An open source data visualisation tool from Mirantis drills down into every single OpenStack commit by release, company and developer.

With more and more companies signing on to the benefits of
OpenStack, keeping track on who contributes the most is going to
become increasingly important with each major release. Especially
with each vendor proclaiming themselves to be OpenStack’s MVP.

One of the cloud infrastructure project
oft-cited criticisms is that certain vendors are
putting more in than others, thus creating an unfair marketplace
where the larger companies have more sway in the development

Red Hat in particular have upped their
contributions significantly since the Essex release in April 2012,
with CTO Brian Stevens

telling us prior to Folsom
that he believed
“the future’s been already written, and it’s going to be

To help keep tabs on this, Mirantis, an
OpenStack Foundation Gold member, have launched a new open source
project in
a data visualisation tool powered by GitHub data. Stackalytics
breaks it down further into companies, projects and contributors
and you can even track commits and overall lines of

Unsurprisingly Big Red still hold the balance of
, when it comes to the upcoming
release Havana, providing 22% of commits thus far which amounts to
over 120,000 lines of code. IBM are the next closest with 13%, a
significant rise in commits since pledging in March to focus on

However, Red Hat’s share has dipped in the last
few releases, as the figure for Folsom was 37%, while for April’s
Grizzly, this was down to 28%. In the past six months, Red Hat
account for almost a quarter of all activity. Combine this with
IBM’s work and the figure rises to over a third. Is this truly
healthy for OpenStack to be so reliant on two vendors?

OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan
JAX Magazine
just after Grizzly’s Design Summit
that Red Hat were “extremely committed” in pushing all their code
upstream into the main project.

“People say how do you keep them [OpenStack
Foundation members] all aligned – how can that work? Every one of
them has been committed to putting that work back into the
codebase, so they’re all working off the same bits. I think at this
point, they realise that the community as a whole is moving a lot
faster than any of them could by splitting off,” Bryce

“To have Red Hat come out and say that they [are
committed], as one of the largest contributors to the project and a
major force in the enterprise, is a really strong statement,” he

Historically Rackspace and Nebula
(the original NASA project) have been
top of the pile, as they were the two founders of the
project. However, their contributions have tailed away, with
Rackspace contributing just 9% in the past six months, following

relinquishing of control of the
to the OpenStack
Foundation back in September 2012.

The good news for the OpenStack
, is
 there are 62 different companies involved
with Havana, with some names you wouldn’t necessarily consider with
the project. The Guardian, The University of Melbourne and CERN
have all offered a solitary commit for example, suggesting a
diverse community.

One of Havana’s highlight features,
orchestration engine Heat is getting plenty of attention ahead of
September’s release date, with 25% of contributions. The other new
major feature, metering module Ceilometer
has less love with 5%.

Mirantis say they plan to add
the option to review statistics, a new API to leverage Stackalytics
data and complementary embeddable widgets in the near

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