It’s difficult for me to believe that it’s already been five years since I was looking over the original source code of the Nova project. The code had just been released by the Anso Labs team who created it for NASA. Rackspace, where I worked at the time, was seeking a new code base to act as the next generation of the Rackspace Cloud. A few months later, Rackspace open-sourced the code for its Rackspace Cloud Files platform as the Swift project. Nova and Swift became the first two pillars of the nascent OpenStack project.

Since that time, both projects have undergone substantial change. Swift’s core team and code base have remained remarkably stable, though the project has added a number of features and seen numerous enhancements ...

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