Superuser Awards

We have another great group of nominees for the Shanghai Summit Superuser Award!

Congratulations to Baidu, the winner of the Superuser Awards in Shanghai on November 4.

Check out highlights from the five nominees and click on the links for the full applications:

  • Baidu ABC Cloud Group and Edge Security Team, who integrated Kata Containers into the fundamental platform for the entire Baidu internal and external cloud services, and who built a secured environment upon Kata Containers for the cloud edge scenario, respectively. Their cloud products (including VMs and bare metal servers) cover 11 regions including North and South China, 18 zones and 15 clusters (with over 5000 physical machines per cluster).
  • FortNebula Cloud, a one-man cloud show and true passion project run by Donny Davis, whose primary purpose is to give back something useful to the community, and secondary purpose is to learn how rapid fire workloads can be optimized on OpenStack. FortNebula has been contributing OpenDev CI resources since mid 2019, and currently provides 100 test VM instances which are used to test OpenStack, Zuul, Airship, StarlingX and much more. The current infrastructure sits in a single rack with one controller, two Swift, one Cinder and 9 compute nodes; total cores are 512 and total memory is just north of 1TB.
  • InCloud OpenStack Team, of Inspur, who has used OpenStack to build a mixed cloud environment that currently provides service to over 100,000 users, including over 80 government units in mainland China. Currently, the government cloud has provided 60,000+ virtual machines, 400,000+ vcpu, 30P+ storage for users, and hosts 11,000+ online applications.
  • Information Management Department of Wuxi Metro, Phase II of  the Wuxi Metro Cloud Platform project involved the evolution of IaaS to PaaS on their private cloud platform based on OpenStack. In order to acquire IT resources on demand and improve overall business efficiency, Wuxi Metro adopted Huayun Rail Traffic Cloud Solution, which was featured by high reliability, high efficiency, ease of management and low cost.
  • Rakuten Mobile Network Organization, of Rakuten Inc., Japan, launched a new initiative to enter the mobile market space in Japan last year as the 4th Mobile Network Operator (MNO), with a cloud-based architecture based on OpenStack and Kubernetes. They selected to run their entire cloud infrastructure on commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) x86 servers, powered by Cisco Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (CVIM), an OpenStack-based NFV platform. The overall plan is to deploy several thousand clouds running vRAN workloads spread across all of Japan to a target 5M mobile phone users. Their current deployment includes 135K cores, with a target of one million cores when complete.


The Superuser Awards recognize teams using open infrastructure to meaningfully improve business and differentiate in a competitive industry, while also contributing back to the open-source community.  They aim to cover the same mix of open technologies as our publication, namely OpenStack, Kubernetes, Kata Containers, Airship, StarlingX, Zuul, Ceph, Cloud Foundry, OVS, OpenContrail, Open Switch, OPNFV and more.

Launched at the Paris Summit in 2014, the community has continued to award winners at every Summit to users who show how open infrastructure is making a difference and provide strategic value in their organization.

Previous winners include City Network, AT&T, CERN, China Mobile, Comcast, NTT Group, the Tencent TStack Team and VEXXHOST.