[OpenStack Foundation] Updating the OpenStack Mission Statement

Barrett, Carol L carol.l.barrett at intel.com
Tue Feb 2 16:00:19 UTC 2016

I think the mission below is a good representation of the intent of the collaboration of the community.

One question: What does interoperability refer to? Application interoperability across OpenStack Clouds? The interoperability of OpenStack based Clouds with other Non-OpenStack Clouds? Or ?

-----Original Message-----
From: Sean Dague [mailto:sean at dague.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 3:06 AM
To: foundation at lists.openstack.org
Subject: Re: [OpenStack Foundation] Updating the OpenStack Mission Statement

On 02/01/2016 04:41 PM, Allison Randal wrote:
> On 02/01/2016 03:50 PM, Doug Hellmann wrote:
>> The "and progressively evolve" seems superfluous. That's part of how 
>> we would produce OpenStack, and so I think we can trim the statement 
>> a bit by removing it.
> My understanding of the discussion was that the main point to add was 
> "embracing a diversity of technologies", essentially making it clear 
> that the Big Tent approach is a core part of OpenStack's mission. The 
> "rapid evolution" part was more along the lines of expressing a 
> desired outcome of Big Tent.
> I tried working "technical diversity" in several different ways, and 
> all seemed to make the statement obtuse and impenetrable. Better to be 
> clear and crisp.

While the Big Tent is important, I don't think it's actually part of our mission statement. It's our current form of execution which helps cover the needs of public / private clouds.

>> I'm not sure "that meets the needs of public and private clouds"
>> is targeting the right object, grammatically. Clouds don't need 
>> things. People who deploy, operate, and use clouds need things.
>> I prefer the "serving the cloud users' needs" phrasing rather than 
>> "easy to use", both because it actually mentions people and because 
>> ease of use is only one of many needs a user may have.
>> So, I propose:
>>   To produce the ubiquitous Open Source Cloud Computing platform
>>   that meets the needs of users and operators of public and private
>>   clouds of all sizes by being simple to implement, massively
>>   scalable, and interoperable.

+1 this is really good. I think it's important distinction that clouds
don't need anything, but users and operators do.


Sean Dague

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