Microsoft has notably not made investments to become a supporting member of the OpenStack project, though. In April, OpenStack scored some big-name contributors when IBM, Red Hat and Yahoo officially signed on to the movement, joining other "platinum" level sponsors including Rackspace, AT&T, Canonical and HP. Platinum members agree to invest $1.5 million toward the program during the next three years and they have dedicated staff members working specifically on OpenStack. There are dozens of other "gold"-level sponsors of the program, each of which has committed more than $50,000 to the project annually. Companies in this category include Cisco, Dell, NetApp and Piston Cloud Computing.
Pouliot says he doesn't know when, or if, Microsoft will join as an official OpenStack sponsor. "My primary goal is making sure we get [Hyper-V support] back in," Pouliot says. As for future commitments from the company, he says "anything's possible." In addition to Pouliot, he says Microsoft has hired former Rackspace developer Jordan Rinke on a part-time basis to help advance Hyper-V features in OpenStack. He also attended the OpenStack Design Summit after the Essex release, where he met other people interested in reintegrating Hyper-V support, he says.
So far, Pouliot and Rinke have worked to build up Hyper-V functionality within the code, including the ability to start, stop, pause, unpause, suspend, resume and attach or detach volumes. Pouliot says he holds regular meetings to discuss the code development and there is a small community of more than a dozen people around the world working on integrating Hyper-V support, including representatives from CERN, the European nuclear research organization. The group is working on "cleaning up" integration with the OpenStack Horizon project, which is the dashboard user interface. Pouliot says the most important step will be to have continuous integration (CI) of Hyper-V to ensure the support for the hypervisor stays with the project.
Pouliot says it will take time to continue to develop the community the support Hyper-V. "We need to get more interest, which will provide a business justification," he says. "It's been all positive though, it's moving in the direction it needs to move in and we're just focused on getting into Folsom and keeping with it."