[sigs][vendors] Proposal to create Hardware Vendor SIG

Kanevsky, Arkady Arkady.Kanevsky at dell.com
Sat Aug 8 02:48:01 UTC 2020

Great idea. Long time overdue.
Great place for many out-of-tree repos.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sean McGinnis <sean.mcginnis at gmx.com> 
Sent: Friday, August 7, 2020 4:09 PM
To: openstack-discuss
Subject: [sigs][vendors] Proposal to create Hardware Vendor SIG


Hey everyone,

OpenStack is a community for creating open source software, but by the nature of infrastructure management, there is a strong intersection with hardware, and therefore hardware vendors. Nova, Cinder, Neutron, Ironic, and many others need to interact with hardware and support vendor specific drivers for this interaction. There is currently a spectrum where some of this hardware interaction is done as openly as possible, while others develop their integration "glue" behind closed doors. Part of this is the disconnect between the fully open development of OpenStack, and the traditionally proprietary development of many products.

For those that do want to do their vendor-specific development as openly as possible - and hopefully attract the involvement of customers, partners, and others in the community - there hasn't been a great venue for this so far. Some vendors that have done open development have even had difficulty finding a place in the community and ended up deciding to just develop behind closed doors.

I would like to try to change this, so I am proposing the creation of the Hardware Vendor SIG as a place where we can collaborate on vendor specific things, and encourage development to happen in the open. This would be a place for any vendors and interested parties to work together to fix bugs, implement features, and overall improve the quality of anything that helps provide that glue to bridge the gap between our open source services and vendor hardware. This would include servers, storage, networking, and really anything else that plays a role in being able to set up an OpenStack cloud.

This is a call out to any others interested in participating. If you are interested in this effort, and if you have any existing code (whether hosted on OpenDev, hosted on GitHub, or hosted on your own platform) that you think would be a good fit for this, please add your contact information and any relevant details here:


Also, please feel free to show your support by voting on the proposal to create this SIG here:




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