GoDaddy has officially joined the OpenStack Foundation as a sponsor, following rumours that swirled in January after the hosting and domain name manager posted an engineer job spec on LinkedIn. The move is intended to accelerate GoDaddy’s push into the cloud services sector.
The announcement will see GoDaddy chief technical officer Elissa Murphy and vice president of engineering Charles Beadnall lead the company’s involvement with the Foundation. The company said it also plans to hire more engineers focused on contributing to the OpenStack community.
“GoDaddy is continuing to shift business operations to the cloud and using open source platforms to do it. With the launch of the GoDaddy cloud platform, we’re making significant progress in building a powerful and unified platform for our small business customers,” said Murphy.
“By sponsoring the OpenStack Foundation, we’re making a strategic move toward building GoDaddy’s cloud platform services. We plan to continue to contribute to the code base and use it as our own cloud infrastructure, as well,” she added.
The news arrives a month after GoDaddy’s recently appointed executive vice president, chief infrastructure officer and chief information officer Arne Josefsberg told Business Cloud News that the company intended to make use of open source technologies where available, both for internal use and as the foundation of its services.
“GoDaddy’s reach will enable its 12 million users to realize the benefits of running their applications on open cloud technologies,” said OpenStack chief operating officer Mark Collier.
“Service providers offering OpenStack powered solutions are a cornerstone of OpenStack’s mission to be the ubiquitous, open platform for public and private clouds. We’re glad to have GoDaddy as a sponsor of the Foundation and look forward to their continued code and community contributions,” he added.
Since Josefsberg was hired the company has eyed a strategic overhaul, and a source close to one of OpenStack’s competitors claimed to Business Cloud News that the company needed better technologies to make its infrastructure more scalable if GoDaddy was to successfully expand its services to new customers.
“GoDaddy is already at a disadvantage because it isn’t able to match the infrastructure footprint of industry giants like Amazon, and therefore can’t achieve the same scale, despite its ability to offer more value-added services in the local underserved markets it’s targeting,” she said. “This is where cloud federation could provide a leg up.”