The Open Infrastructure Foundation (OpenInfra Foundation) recently announced today that Bloomberg is the winner of the Superuser Award, which recognizes organizations that have used open infrastructure to improve their business while contributing back to the OpenInfra community.

Representatives of the Bloomberg compute engineering team received the 2023 Superuser Award during keynotes at the OpenInfra Summit Vancouver, June 13-15.

Bloomberg, a global finance, media and technology company, has been an active contributor to and user of OpenStack, an open source project hosted by the OpenInfra Foundation, since 2013. Bloomberg’s global compute and storage investment consists of over 400,000 OpenStack cores, several petabytes of RAM and hundreds of petabytes of replicated Ceph block and object storage. Bloomberg also runs hundreds of bare-metal and virtual Kubernetes clusters.

Bloomberg credits open source cloud technologies for enabling the company to improve the power efficiency of its data centers and to help reduce its carbon footprint. Recently, Bloomberg began expanding its open infrastructure footprint into the networking arena with SONiC, which it plans to leverage to manage its multi-terabit class network fabric.

“Bloomberg is a great example of a Superuser: They were one of the first organizations sharing their OpenStack use case in 2013, they have contributed back to the community through event sponsorship and OpenInfra Foundation Gold Membership, and they have engaged team members who actively collaborate within the global OpenInfra community,” said Allison Price, VP of marketing and community at the OpenInfra Foundation. “I am excited to welcome Bloomberg into the esteemed group of Superuser Awards recipients, which now includes more than 15 global organizations innovating with open infrastructure.”

In its nomination application, the Bloomberg engineering team reported, “We have expanded our private cloud infrastructure and BGP-based [Border Gateway Protocol-based] IP networking fabric globally. These technologies are now in use by more than 8,000 developers on multiple continents. We also started evaluating different tiers of file and block storage to fill high-performance infrastructure needs. Thanks to OpenStack’s vendor-neutral design, we can rapidly incorporate these emerging technologies into our infrastructure with ease.”

In addition to providing financial support to the OpenInfra Foundation, Bloomberg launched this year a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Contributor Fund.

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