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Extreme Gifts StackStorm to Linux Foundation

Extreme Networks handed over governance of StackStorm, its open source workflow automation platform, to the Linux Foundation.

It will continue as a standalone project under the Linux Foundation’s governance, said Arpit Joshipura, GM for networking, edge, and IoT at the Linux Foundation (LF).

“Given the focus of the community and the requirements from the project regarding the neutral governance provided by LF, the current plan is to host the project under the LF,” Joshipura said in an email to SDxCentral.

StackStorm allows users to automate workflows across data center servers, clouds, and containers using an infrastructure-as-code approach to DevOps. So, for example, after receiving an IT alert in the data center, the open source software kicks in to automate remediation. Other common applications include continuous deployment (CD), ChatOps, and automated security response.

The open source software changed hands several times since it was created in 2013. It began as a DevOps startup before Brocade bought StackStorm in 2016 and used this technology to build its network automation platform Workflow Composer.

A year later, Extreme Networks acquired StackStorm when it bought Brocade’s data center assets. This gave Extreme the technology it needed to move into data center networking. Late last year it launched a bundled hardware and software platform that included Extreme Workflow Composer — the commercial version of the open source StackStorm automation platform.

Today the open source project averages 1,200 installations per month and more than 400 contributors. Its users include tier-one service providers, retailers, media and entertainment companies, and technology providers.

“We believe, based upon our experience with major customers, that StackStorm and its workflow-driven automation capabilities has much broader applicability than networking,” said Eric Broockman, CTO at Extreme Networks, in a statement. “After careful consideration and consultation with the StackStorm community, we’ve decided this promising open-source platform will be better served in the open market where it will provide a basic building block for new automation solutions we never thought possible.”

Extreme will continue to sell its Extreme Workflow Composer platform and it plans to integrate new capabilities developed by the open source community into future releases.

The vendor is a long-standing member of the Linux Foundation and a founding member of the OpenSwitch Project.


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