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Make OpenStack production-grade
Along with the company I co-founded, I was one of the earliest public supporters of OpenStack. Before there was an OpenStack, I have been a vocal advocate of the profound disruption cloud computing. I am widely known as an advocate for OpenStack itself with my extremely well received "State of the Stack" presentations and am an active agitator and participant in the conversation around "how can we help OpenStack win?"
This is because I see OpenStack as a key technology platform that I will transform IT, and as CTO of Cloudscaling, I've led our team in being a pionner in deploying production OpenStack deployments. Our team is responsible for a number of firsts including: first production public storage cloud using Swift outside of Rackspace, first production public cloud using Nova outside of Rackspace, first public storage cloud in Korea, and support of the first large-scale production private cloud for a major U.S. carrier.
In addition to leadership in real-world deployments of OpenStack, Cloudscaling has worked carefully in the OpenStack community to build thinking and bring focus to issues related to production deployments and to the issue of hybrid clouds. We fundamentally believe in a Hybrid-first Cloud Strategy for OpenStack. OpenStack will be the principle winner for building private clouds, but may not be as successful in public cloud. Or, even if it is successful in public cloud, it's critical we work towards supporting hybric cloud solutions with all major public clouds, regardless of what software stack they run.
I plan to advocate extensively for OpenStack, hybrid cloud, enterprise grade OpenStack enhancements, and the importance of small businesses and technology startups in OpenStack's continued success. I have exhaustive experience as a speaker and thoughtleader (see below). I will use my influence to promote and drive OpenStack success.
Keynote Speaker, Panelist, Speaker, or Track Chair at: OpenStack Design Summit, VMworld, Structure, eComm (Emerging Communications), CloudConnect, Interop, CloudBeat, CloudCamp, CloudExpo, Gluecon, TM Forum Management World
Expert voice on cloud computing to publications including: Forbes, Economist, The Wall Street Journal, GigaOm, InformationWeek, ReadWriteWeb, O’Reilly Radar, Light Reading, TMC Net
I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Swift,Glance,Keystone,Quantum,Cinder,Ceilometer,Heat,Ironic,Oslo,Openstack-ci,Openstack-manuals,QA,Deployment
Read the Q&A below and see if you want to Nominate Randy in this election.
OpenStack is the key technology that Cloudscaling is building training and products around. It's essential to our success.
Our biggest contributions around OpenStack has been:
- acquiring new production customers (KT, Internap, major U.S. carrier, top 10 retailer, Seagate, LivingSocial, Ubisoft, etc.)
- pushing in new key technologies to OpenStack: queuing abstraction layer, 0MQ support, GCE APIs, AWS VPC APIs (in concer with Juniper), bug fixes, scalability fixes, and so on
- advocacy on defining "core" better and working with the OpenStack Foundation board to bring clarity to these areas
I have been serving as a board member on the OpenStack Foundation since it's inception in 2012.
The board's role is to set the strategic goals for the OpenStack Foundation's key mission to empower and promote OpenStack. It's also crucial that the board helps the Foundation corral and manage a very large constituency of corporate interests, providing a clear set of rules and engagement model for how different interests will compete and cooperate in the greater OpenStack ecosystem.
Top priorities are:
- Define core
- Promote adoption of OpenStack
- Help address concerns around enterprise adoption specifically, preferably by showcasing key use cases
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