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As we head into Red Hat Summit, OpenShift Commons continues its rapid growth, emerging as the fastest growing open source PaaS community in the world. OpenShift Commons is where users, operators, partners, customers, and contributors come together to collaborate and work together on OpenShift. OpenShift Commons has outpaced all other PaaS community initiatives and is helping the entire OpenShift ecosystem prepare for the advances in technology coming with OpenShift 3.

Red Hat Summit will mark just over 100 days since the launch of the OpenShift Commons that now boasts more than 100 participating organizations working together to build the next generation of open source PaaS innovation.

Recent new participants in the OpenShift Commons include: 6fusion; Altran; Amadeus; Autonomic Resources; BlackMesh; Couchbase; Docker; Grid Dynamics; Leighton; MariaDB; Mesosphere; New Relic; NGinx; OwnCloud; Puzzle ITC; Redis Labs; Rhodix; Shadow-Soft; Shippable; Ticketfly; TransCirrus; Zabbix; and ZeroTurnaround.

With participation from customers and partners around the world including Amadeus, FICO, T-Systems, and other industry leaders, OpenShift Commons has a global deployment footprint that spans enterprises, educational institutions and government organizations. This community of innovators brings together contributors, end users, service providers, other open source technology projects, operators and developers, all sharing a common goal of building and extending the open ecosystem backing the next generation of the world’s leading open source PaaS.

Public and On-Premise Operators Scale Up and Drive Innovation

The success of this vibrant ecosystem has produced the industry-leading PaaS with several operators leveraging OpenShift including AusNimbus, BlackMesh, GetUp Cloud, StartApp, T-Systems, and Telstra, in addition to Red Hat’s own OpenShift Online with more than 2.5 million applications deployed and more than 1 billion requests per day. Feedback from these deployments and OpenShift Online users, along with the lessons learned from running multiple and public PaaS at scale, all gets fed directly into the collaborative development process driving the most innovative open source PaaS available today for use both on-premise and by operators.

OpenShift Commons is Collaborative by Design, Open by Default

Red Hat has always been a leader in the evolution of open source models, and the OpenShift Commons represents a shift to a more inclusive, diverse, open model than traditional open source community models.

At Red Hat, we are all well aware that there's not just one way to build a open source community. We are now seeing second and third generations of open source community models that go well beyond bureaucratic notions of vendor-driven foundations that often stand in the way of open innovation.

With OpenShift Commons, we're working together to build a more inclusive, diverse, and open collaboration development community model. We've move beyond traditional open source models to create a truly innovative approach to open peer to peer collaborative development.

OpenShift is the Intersection Point for All Things Cloud

As both a community and as a technology, OpenShift sits at the intersection of the multiple layers of the cloud - the many related service providers and open source technology initiatives that run on and under the hood of OpenShift. OpenShift Commons is a natural place for the next evolution in open source community to emerge and connect all of these communities to connect and collaborate.

The OpenShift Commons mission goes beyond soliciting and encouraging mere code contributions. While code contribution is encouraged, it is not a requirement for participation. The main purpose of the OpenShift Commons is to connect peers to each other and foster open collaboration across OpenShift’s diverse and extensive ecosystem. For collaborative development to truly thrive, all voices must be heard and their feedback incorporated into the design and development of OpenShift. The Commons is not a gated community - we are not creating a proprietary garden where only a few vendors' voices are heard. With OpenShift Commons there are no admission fees or training dojos - the only requirement is an active interest in the project itself and a willingness to participate.

The Commons Difference: Cross-Community Collaboration and Embedded Resources

With OpenShift 3, Red Hat collaborated and embedded resources into a number of other open source technology communities including Docker, Kubernetes, Project Atomic, and others on a number of the key components of the latest release. OpenShift 3 is being built around the central idea of user applications and services running in Docker containers. Scheduling/management support is provided by the Kubernetes project, and augmented deployment, orchestration, and routing functionality is built on top. This means if you can run your application in a Docker container, you can run it in OpenShift 3.

Community Powered Innovation

The results from a community perspective of embedding engineering resources, collaborating openly on design, and being inclusive across the ecosystem when it comes to feedback loops and sharing use cases - is an exponential leap in the number of participants in the community and the depth and breath of the ecosystem itself. While over 30 companies have contributed directly to the OpenShift code base, the collective contribution numbers on all the projects that are combined that are incorporated into OpenShift 3 and the contributions of OpenShift team members into related projects are staggering.  

A quick look at Docker's contributors will show that, while Red Hat engineers are the #2 contributors to that project, OpenShift customer and Commons participant Amadeus is #10.  A pattern of common goals and collaboration is quickly emerging that is a key driver enabling OpenShift 3's Native Docker support.

Together, we're not just building OpenShift; we're collaborating and contributing to extend and embrace other technologies rather than re-inventing wheels and creating more proprietary project specific tooling that only serve to lock users into one vendor's approach.

Get Ready for an Innovation Firehose

Many of these new members have presented and participated in Commons Briefings, sharing information on topics ranging from developing and operating PaaS environments to technical matters including metering, monitoring, scaling and storage as part of the ongoing collaborative conversation driving the design and development of OpenShift. Open by Design also means that there's a firehose of information-sharing going on that continuously drives innovation. If you'd like to learn more or better yet join us and get in on the innovation firehose, visit

Don't Just Take Red Hat's Word, Here's What Some of the Many Participants Have to Say:

Tyler Davey, Vice President Sales, Architech
"Being a Red Hat Systems Integrator partner since 2011, we've had tremendous success offering Red Hat's Middleware and Platform-as-a-Service solutions to complement our focus on building outstanding custom enterprise solutions for our clients."

Rod Hamlin, Vice President Business Development, Couchbase
"Participating in OpenShift Commons has allowed us to remain close to the newest open source innovation in mobile development with its variety of community briefings with developers from the OpenShift and FeedHenry mobile teams. Platform-as-a-Service is continuing to grow on a global scale and we are excited to continue collaboration that will promote better agility, scalability and performance for both of our platforms."

Matt Trifiro, SVP Marketing, Mesosphere
"We’re seeing a lot of market demand for OpenShift on the Mesosphere Datacenter Operating System (DCOS). We are excited to partner with Red Hat and OpenShift Commons to present OpenShift as a datacenter service that can be easily installed and scaled on top of DCOS."

Derek Marley, CEO, Middleware360 Solutions
"We are pleased to become a new member of the OpenShift Commons community, where we have been able to collaborate in an open, agile community to drive custom application development. Working with different OpenShift developers in the community has allowed us to develop new solutions that can span a variety of markets."

John Gray, SVP Business Development, New Relic
"New Relic is pleased to continue our participation in the OpenShift Commons as the community continues to innovate in areas such as containers and orchestration. The OpenShift Commons has allowed us to learn about the latest open source developments in mobile and application management and reach even more developers through joint software work."

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