It’s been an incredible five years working on Swift! I’ve seen both the community and the project grow and mature in that time, and I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together.

Below we’ve got an infographic with some of the important features that have been added to the project. Every single one of these has happened because the community came together to solve a problem for production users.

When I think of the history of Swift so far, of course I think about the features and the deployments. My vision for Swift is that it will be used by everyone, every day, even if they don’t realize it. We’ve made incredible progress towards that goal.

But the main thing I remember about the past five years is the community of contributors who have come together from all around the world. We’ve had nearly 500 individuals contribute to Swift, and these are the most talented and dedicated people I’ve worked with. It’s a privilege to work with every one of them.

If you’d like to get involved in the OpenStack Swift project, please come join us in #openstack-swift on freenode IRC. What we’ve done so far is only the beginning.


About Author

John Dickinson

John Dickinson

John joined SwiftStack as Director of Technology coming from Rackspace where he worked on Rackspace Cloud Files and OpenStack Swift, the large-scale distributed object storage system which SwiftStack is built on. As the Project Technical Lead (PTL) for OpenStack Swift, John is also leading much of its community development efforts.