Quickly launches “Fast Forward” initiative to support open source and Internet infrastructure
San Francisco–(work wire) – Fastly, Inc. (NYSE: FSLY), the world’s fastest global cloud platform, has announced the relaunch of its industry-leading open source and nonprofit software as “Fast Forward,” with a renewed focus on building a community of builders and maintainers of the fastest, safest, and most secure Internet. inclusive. This was announced at Altitude, Fastly’s leading annual customer conference.
Fast Forward is a broad-based suite of software designed to enable and support open source projects, nonprofits, and developers in their quest to build great things with unparalleled ease, performance, and security. Expanding on Fastly’s deep commitment to open source, Fast Forward will provide free services to the open source projects and nonprofit organizations that support them. Fast Forward will also create and foster a community of these stakeholders so they can interact and learn from each other, as well as with the broader developers and open source community.
Fast Forward stems from Fastly’s mission to help make the Internet a better place, where all experiences are fast, engaging and secure. In essence, Fastly is driven to be part of an open, transparent and collaborative industry – working together to expand and maintain flexibility, portability and interoperability. Fastly believes that companies operating on a global scale are responsible for contributing their expertise to the societal body of knowledge that shapes the open Internet: standards, protocols, open source technology, and policies.
“Delivering Fastly’s best-in-class open source projects and standards initiatives has the potential to advance our shared mission of making the Internet a better place,” said Fastly CEO Todd Nightingale. “It is important for us to support organizations that fuel innovation on the Internet.”
Fast Forward is just one component of Fastly’s rich legacy in open and open-source standards: Fastly is a founding member of the Bytecode Alliance along with Red Hat, Mozilla and Intel; It works alongside industry partners such as Microsoft, Google, Apple and more to contribute to special access tokens; It encourages its employees to contribute to open source through projects such as Pushpin, WAF Efficacy and more – to name a few initiatives. Fastly also has a longstanding policy for its customer community, and works only with customers and partners that reflect Fastly’s values.
“There is a lot of great creativity on the internet and it inspires but it doesn’t always get the support it deserves,” said Anil Dash, Vice President of Developer Experience at Fastly. “Fast Forward is Fastly’s commitment to helping everyone build a better Internet. From open source technologies, to the essential protocols and standards that make the Internet work, we tell every developer and every innovator that we support them, no matter what technologies, tools, or stacks they use. No We can wait to see how they use this potential to build and scale a better internet.”
Fastly’s investment in open source has provided valuable support to organizations such as the Rust Software Foundation, Apache Software Foundation, and Scratch Foundation. Their leaders talk about the benefits they get from Fastly’s Fast Forward Program:
Joel Marcy, director of operations and advocacy at the Rust Foundation, said, “As a nonprofit that supports the Rust Project, the Rust Foundation believes that the future of software development looks brighter every day thanks to Rust’s inherent benefits such as memory security, energy efficiency, and scalability. With the demands of its growing popularity, a diversified and cost-effective infrastructure is critical.The Rust Foundation is grateful for its inclusion in the Fast Forward Program, which will allow the Rust Project to harness Fastly’s entire on-site delivery and robust Compute@Edge platform at no cost. Partnerships in Rust’s future growth and sustainability.”
“Fastly sponsorship of Apache Software has allowed the Apache Foundation to replace the complex mirroring infrastructure with a simple Content Delivery Network (CDN) that is largely transparent for our projects and users,” said Daniel Gronow, Infrastructure Engineer at Apache Foundation. “In addition, it allows the infrastructure team to spend Less time on our distribution network and more time on projects of higher value to the organization.”
“Thanks to Fastly’s global reach and continued support, we are able to fulfill our mission at the Scratch Foundation to provide young people around the world with digital tools and opportunities to imagine, create, share and learn,” said Colby Gutierrez-Kraybill, Scratch Foundation Principal Software Engineer. It allows us to remain flexible and agile as our Scratch and ScratchJr platforms grow globally as leading creative learning tools.”
To qualify for free services through the Fast Forward Program, members must freely distribute their code base and conform to Fastly’s open source values: open, community-oriented, inclusive, friendly to new contributors, and built on trust. If accepted, they in turn commit to sharing knowledge and resources with the Fast Forward community and beyond.
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Source: Fastly, Inc.
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