February 10, 2015
Joyent, IBM, Microsoft, PayPal, Fidelity, SAP and The Linux Foundation Join Forces to Support Node.js Community With Neutral and Open Governance, Resources for Developers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—(Marketwired - Feb 10, 2015)—Joyent, Inc., the container infrastructure software company and corporate steward of the Node.js open source project, today announced that it will move to establish a formal open governance model for Node.js with the creation of an independent foundation. Joyent will join forces with IBM, PayPal, Microsoft Corp, Fidelity and The Linux Foundation to establish the Node.js Foundation, which will be committed to the continued growth and evolution of Node.js, while maintaining a collaborative environment to benefit all users.
"With its proven success in mobile, web, service integration, IoT, robotics and other technology areas, Node.js is poised for even broader adoption. With this growth and continued adoption, we feel the project needs to evolve to attract additional contributions, foster a healthy ecosystem of technology and service providers and further enrich the community," said Scott Hammond, CEO of Joyent. "For us, the first step in this evolution was to create the Node.js Advisory Board to gather input from a diverse set of organizations and individuals in the Node.js community. We believe the creation of the Node.js Foundation is the logical next step in that process."
Node.js is the runtime of choice for high-performance, low latency applications, powering everything from robots to API engines to cloud stacks and mobile websites. Over the last two years, more and more large enterprises including IBM, PayPal and Microsoft have adopted Node.js as part of their enterprise fabric. Today, Node.js is used by tens of thousands of organizations in over 200 countries and amasses over 2 million downloads per month.
"Since Node.js' inception over five years ago, I've watched the community grow to become an incredibly rich, active ecosystem of contributors," said Bill Scott, VP Business Engineering, Product Development at PayPal. "Openness is what Node.js is built on and the formation of the Foundation cements the importance of open governance, transparency and synergy."
"We know firsthand why Node.js is a popular choice for thousands of organizations worldwide," said Gianugo Rabellino, Senior Director of Open Source Communities at Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. "Forming an independent foundation of such passionate contributors and users to guide Node.js as its growth continues validates the project's maturity and sets an open stage for more success to come."
"Establishing an independent foundation for the Node.js platform is an important step for software that is mission critical and growing in adoption across the enterprise," said Travell Perkins, CTO, Fidelity. "To support the engaged and ever-growing Node.js community, Fidelity is taking an active role in the foundation. The new governance model allows our business stakeholders and technology partners to adopt the Node.js platform with increased confidence, it prioritizes thoughtful evolution and long term sustainability."
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