The Foundation

SODA Foundation is an open source project under Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, unified, and autonomous data management framework for data mobility from the edge, to core, to cloud.

SODA brings together industry leaders to collaborate on building a common framework to promote standardization and best practices for data storage, data protection, data governance, data analytics, etc. to support IoT, big data, machine learning, and other applications.

We are fostering collaboration and innovation across vendors, system integrators, cloud service providers, standards organizations, and consortiums across different industries, to provide quality end-to-end solutions to end users.


SODA Foundation is a transformation of the Linux Foundation OpenSDS technical project. OpenSDS was initiated by Dell EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, Intel, and Vodafone to address the challenges of storage integration in the cloud era. 

As OpenSDS grew, there were increasing requests to expand its scope to cover data mobility, data protection, data security, data analytics, etc., in order to meet the changing needs of technology trends such as cloud native, edge computing, IoT, big data, machine learning, and more. 

With the support of members, SODA Foundation was conceived and officially launched on June 29, 2020.


  • to foster an ecosystem of open source data management and storage software for data autonomy
  • to offer a neutral forum for cross-projects collaboration and integration
  • to provide end users quality end-to-end solutions 

Soda Foundation Timeline

A chronology of some of the important milestones in our growth.

  • December 17 2016

    OpenSDS Project Started

    OpenSDS Project Started

    December 17, 2016

    The OpenSDS project is started by a consortium led by IBM, Intel, NTT Communication, Toyota, Huawei and Yahoo! JAPAN.

  • December 29 2017

    First Release of OpenSDS – Zealand (v0.1.0)

    First Release of OpenSDS – Zealand (v0.1.0)

    December 29, 2017

    This is the Zealand release of Hotpot, the OpenSDS Controller project. It provides the ability to discover storage backends, provision volumes based on storage profiles, and manage volume and snapshot resources. Hotpot contains OpenSDS APIs and CLIs (osdsctl).

  • June 30 2018

    Second Release of OpenSDS – Aruba (v0.2.0)

    Second Release of OpenSDS – Aruba (v0.2.0)

    June 30, 2018

    This is the Aruba release of Hotpot, the OpenSDS Controller project.

  • December 12 2018

    Third Release of OpenSDS – Bali (v0.4.0)

    Third Release of OpenSDS – Bali (v0.4.0)

    December 12, 2018

    This is the first official Bali release. Bali adds the following functionality:

    • Introduced management of multiple OpenStack deployments
    • Expanded the OpenSDS standard RESTful API
    • Multi-Cloud support
    • and more…
  • June 29 2019

    Fourth Release of OpenSDS – Capri (v0.6.0)

    Fourth Release of OpenSDS – Capri (v0.6.0)

    June 29, 2019

    This is an incremental stable release after Bali(0.4.0). Basic tests on all features done; encouraged to do integration trials; not yet production ready. [Please contact us for product integration, we are happy to support]

  • December 17 2019

    SODA Foundation Announcement – Soft Launch

    SODA Foundation Announcement – Soft Launch

    December 17, 2019

    The (un)official SODA Foundation launch announcement was made at the OSS Tokyo 2019 on 17th December.

  • January 10 2020

    Fifth Release of OpenSDS – Daito (v0.10.0)

    Fifth Release of OpenSDS – Daito (v0.10.0)

    January 10, 2020

    This is an incremental stable release after v0.6.1 (Capri with fix). All the features of Capri are expected to work unless otherwise mentioned. This release is named as Daito. This release has improved E2E tests along with Basic tests on all features. This release can be used for trials; however not yet production ready. This is the release candidate for SODA v1.0

  • April 13 2020

    First Release of SODA – Elba (v0.20.0)

    First Release of SODA – Elba (v0.20.0)

    April 13, 2020

    This is the first release after the OpenSDS project transformed as The SODA Foundation. However currently we continue the release naming alphabetically based on island names:). So this is a ‘E’ release and named as “Elba” (island in Italy and symbolically representing our solidarity to the global fight against covid-19 virus)

    This is a SODA Release comprising the corresponding projects or repositories of SODA Landscape.

  • June 29 2020

    SODA Foundation official launch and Faroe release (v1.0.0)

    SODA Foundation official launch and Faroe release (v1.0.0)

    June 29, 2020

    The SODA Foundation was officially launched at the Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference North America on June 29, 2020.

    The SODA Foundation today is also announcing the release of Faroe, the first major version release “v1.0.0”. It is based on the earlier release Elba.

    SODA Faroe focuses on simplifying management and telemetry across heterogeneous storage for cloud native and more. (Faroe is a group of self-governing & beautiful islands within the Kingdom of Denmark).

    Faroe : Together we can make the world better managed & more beautiful!

  • September 22 2020

    SODA Greenland release (v1.1.0)

    SODA Greenland release (v1.1.0)

    September 22, 2020

    SODA Greenland will focus on providing a heterogeneous framework for storage monitoring and management with enhanced features and drivers over the last release. (Greenland is the world’s largest island located between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and an autonomous territory (ref: Wikipedia)).

    SODA Open Data Framework (ODF) Greenland release adds unified storage performance monitoring, and integrates with Prometheus and Kafka to offer deep visibility and insights into cloud native environments. ODF delivers integrated data management and enables seamless data mobility between on-premise and multicloud.

    It also provides the first experiment for Edge Data Management with SODA along with KubeEdge, a Kubernetes native edge computing platform & a CNCF project.

    Greenland: Together we can meet the challenge and grow to the best!

  • December 9 2020

    SODACON 2020

    SODACON 2020

    December 9, 2020

    SODACON 2020: Data Connected conference took place virtually across six time zones on 9th and 10th of December: San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, Beijing, New Delhi, and London. Key takeaways from this conference included SODA’s Open Data Framework for multi-vendor data and storage challenges, updates of projects in incubation, importance of end users’ participation in SODA’s open source community, use cases, and collaboration with Standards organizations.

    The conference comprised keynote presentations, project updates with demos, and panel discussions.

  • January 8 2021

    SODA Hawaii Release (v1.2.0)

    SODA Hawaii Release (v1.2.0)

    January 8, 2021

    SODA Open Data Framework (ODF) Hawaii Release adds storage performance monitoring (SPM) with anomaly detection and visualization with Grafana integration. This release also adds enhanced multi-cloud file & block support, hybrid cloud data archival/restore, and support for more heterogeneous vendor storage systems. It provides integrated data management for Kubernetes, VMware, and more.
    (Hawaii is known for its beauty and fertile soil. Hawaii is comprised of 130+ islands (ref: Wikipedia)).

    Hawaii: Working with heterogeneous, and providing a unified solution!

  • April 3 2021

    SODA Isabela Release (v1.3.0)

    SODA Isabela Release (v1.3.0)

    April 3, 2021

    SODA Open Data Framework (ODF) Isabela Release comes with enhanced features for storage performance monitoring and multi-cloud data management. ODF Storage Performance Monitoring has been enhanced with NAS resource support, performance framework refactored with generic task manager & scheduling, and more drivers. The multi-cloud project has been upgraded with integrated bucket management, cold storage support, added more backend support for data archival/restore. Isabela release also has added more CSI drivers for cloud-native storage management.
    (Isabela island is the largest island of the Galápagos (Republic Ecuador)).

    Isabela: Growing stronger Heterogeneous and Hybrid Data Management Solutions!

Soda Foundation Vision


End-to-End Solutions

Standard Interfaces


Autonomous Operations

Dynamic Dataflows

Highly Scalable


Open source and standards for data management and storage.

Focused on end user requirements and real world use cases

Mix and match hardware, software, and cloud services to build solutions

Collaboration across projects and forums