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Proposed Budget and Funding Structure

Other relevant documents:

Mission

Governance Structure

Proposed Budget

Annual operating budget: approximately $4-5mm

Net annual fundraising target via memberships & corporate sponsors: ~$5mm (less the majority of the cost of the bi-annual OpenStack Design Summit & Conference, which will primarily be subsidized through event sponsorships)

The funding will enable the Foundation to deliver on it's Mission as it takes on the tasks previously managed (and funded) soley by Rackspace as noted in the Structure document to protect, empower, and promote OpenStack such as:

  • Coordinating platforms for large scale testing and continuous integration to ensure high quality software is produced
  • Processes and tools to enable developers to contribute code easily while taking care of legal matters
  • Event management to bring the community together globally, including at the twice annual Summit & Conference and regional user groups
  • Managing legal affairs to take care of the necesary steps such as the CLA process and use of the trademark
  • Educational resources to help new developers, sys admins, users, CIOs, etc evaluate and implement OpenStack successfully
  • Promotion of the OpenStack brand, including supporting collateral such as webinars, case studies, TCO studies, user interiews, and press outreach for member companies to leverage when promoting their OpenStack-powered products
  • Promotion of the ecosystem of companies who are building successful businesses with or around OpenStack
  • "State of OpenStack " analysis and reports covering topics such as the OpenStack Jobs outlook, economic impact of OpenStack etc

Funding and Resources

Platinum Members will fund $500,000 per year (paid annually) with a three year commitment. Governance documents will allow Platinum Members to withdraw from Board and funding obligation if Foundation changes its mission. Gold Members will fund an amount equal to total company revenue times .025%, with a minimum of $50k and a maximum of $200k. In addition to the funding commitment, Platinum Members will provide operational resources to the Foundation such as staffing or development environment infrastructure. Resource requirements will be developed in more detail by the drafting committee, but the general expectation is a resource commitment that is consistent with staffing two full time equivalents. Companies interested in becoming a Platinum or Gold Member should review the Framework Acknowledgement ("commitment letter") here and note the April 5th deadline: http://wiki.openstack.org/Governance/Foundation/FrameworkLetter

Given the serious responsibilities Platinum & Gold Members are taking on to support the OpenStack Foundation, they will be recognized in the following ways:

Platinum & Gold Recognition of Support

  • Access to OpenStack restricted use logos for commercial use if and as long as product meets technical requirements
  • Designation as Platinum/Gold Member with corporate logo placement in supporters section of openstack.org
  • Profile on openstack.org detailing your organization's support for OpenStack, with link to your site
  • OpenStack Platinum/Gold Member badge available for corporate website or marketing materials
  • Early access to sponsorship opportunities, like OpenStack Design Summit & Conference
  • Profile on openstack.org detailing your organization's support for OpenStack, with a link to your site
  • Platinum/Gold Member designation on OpenStack signage at industry conferences and events (ie booth signage, evening events)
  • Press release announcing Platinum/Gold Member status
  • Opportunity to be included in OpenStack newsletter

In addition to Platinum and Gold Memberships, there will be an opportunity for companies to support the OpenStack foundation and receive recognition at a lower cost by becoming a Corporate Sponsor. The proposed pricing and benefits for Corporate Sponsors are as follows:

Corporate Sponsor '''$25k/year

  • Access to OpenStack restricted use logos for commercial use if and as long as product meets technical requirements (your support helps the foundation promote and protect the OpenStack brand)
  • Designation as Corporate sponsor with corporate logo placement in supporters section of openstack.org
  • Profile on openstack.org detailing your organization's support for OpenStack, with link to your site
  • Early access to sponsorship opportunities, like OpenStack Design Summit & Conference, before non-sponsors
  • OpenStack Corporate Sponsor badge available for corporate website or marketing materials
  • Opportunity to be included in OpenStack newsletter

Startup Sponsor '''$10K/year

  • Access to OpenStack restricted use logos for commercial use if and as long as product meets technical requirements (your support helps the foundation promote and protect the OpenStack brand)
  • Designation as Startup sponsor with corporate logo placement in supporters section of openstack.org
  • Profile on openstack.org detailing your organization's support for OpenStack, with a link to your site
  • Early access to sponsorship opportunities, like OpenStack Design Summit & Conference
  • OpenStack Startup Sponsor badge available for corporate website or marketing material
  • Opportunity to be included in OpenStack newsletter

Additional funds will be raised through event sponsorships, like the OpenStack Design Summit & Conference, industry conferences and regional events.

If you are interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor, please email foundation@openstack.org