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Individual Member Profile



Andrew Clay Shafer

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

None From 2014-01-11 (Current)
Rackspace From 2012-02-01 To 2012-08-31
Cloudscaling From 2010-04-01 To 2011-08-31
Statement of Interest

Help OpenStack live up to its high potential




I was born. I tried. Things happened.


I wrote a few things I believe about OpenStack.


I wrote a few more things about campaigning for the OpenStack board.


I'm here to help if you want me to.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Swift


Andrew Clay is a candidate in the 2014 Board Election.


What is your relationship to OpenStack, and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to OpenStack's success to date?


I was involved in early OpenStack deployments at CloudScaling, did some independent consulting, then spent a short time at Rackspace Cloud Builders and finally distanced myself from the project. I have friends at many of the companies working on and around OpenStack.

At this point, I have little to gain from OpenStack, but it would really be nice to have a well engineered open solution that fulfills OpenStack's stated mission.

I wrote this blog post outlining some of the challenges OpenStack is faced with:


Describe your experience with other non profits or serving as a board member. How does your experience prepare you for the role of a board member?


I have volunteered my time at a number of non-profits with philanthropic missions. I've never sat on a standing board, but I have participated in boards as an outside expert and as a contributing executive.

My experience as an executive, practitioner and user of technology and particularly open source technology gives me unique perspectives that I believe will be beneficial to guiding OpenStack.


What do you see as the Board's role in OpenStack's success?


To guide the direction of the project.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2014?


I believe the board should be focused on fulfilling the mission statement.

OpenStack is not ubiquitous, simple to implement, nor massively scalable.

I'd like to shift more focus to the users in a hope of achieving that mission.

I want an OpenStack with less proliferation projects and projects that value real engineering, operations and users.

Andrew Clay has already been nominated by:

  • Sina Sadeghi
  • Tristan Goode
  • Paul Czarkowski
  • Michael Ducy
  • Lorin Hochstein
  • Joshua McKenty
  • Pete Cheslock
  • George Reese
  • Eric Windisch
  • Jesse Proudman