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Individual Member Profile


Randy Bias

Date Joined
July 24, 2012

EMC Corporation From 2014-10-14 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Make OpenStack More Awesome




His prescient views on the profound disruption caused by cloud computing have made Randy Bias one of the industry’s most influential voices. He is an evangelist who was among the first to articulate the generational transition of IT from mainframe to enterprise computing and then to cloud in addition to popularizing the cloud server "pets vs. cattle" meme. 

Randy was an early and vocal supporter of the OpenStack project and Cloudscaling was part the initial OpenStack launch in summer of 2010.  He led the teams that deployed the first public OpenStack storage cloud (Swift) outside of Rackspace, and the first public OpenStack compute cloud (Nova). He is a founding Board Member of the OpenStack Foundation. He continues to be a vocal advocate of OpenStack, through his company, his writing and his speaking engagements. 

His voice is frequently heard in media outlets such as GigaOm, InformationWeek, The Economist, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, ReadWriteWeb, O’Reilly Radar, Light Reading, and others, in addition to the Cloudscaling blog. He is a regular keynote speaker and panelist at events from the OpenStack Summit to VMworld, Structure, eComm, CloudConnect, Interop, CloudBeat, CloudExpo, The Web Summit, and Gluecon.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Swift,Glance,Keystone,Quantum,Cinder,Ceilometer,Heat,Ironic,Oslo,Openstack-ci,Openstack-manuals,QA,Deployment


Randy is a candidate in the 2016 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 have been involved with OpenStack since it's inception as one of its biggest advocates and critics.  My biggest contributions were building some of the first large scale OpenStack production systems as early as January 2011, enabling some of the largest key OpenStack customers like Walmart and AT&T, participating in the OpenStack Foundation Board since it's formation in 2012, and being OpenStack's most honest and constructive critic.


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 been on the OpenStack Foundation Board since 2012.


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


The Board's role is to drive the top-level goals and strategies of the OpenStack Foundation so that the Foundation can act as the steward for the OpenStack community.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2016?


The Board needs to become more active around driving the community's long term goals and coordinating with the TC and other technical leadership to make OpenStack the winner in "private cloud".  Those long term goals should be:

- Create "flavors" of OpenStack designed for specific workloads (NFV, public cloud compatibility, OpenStack DefCore, etc.)

- Create interoperability testing and validation for OpenStack flavors

- Enable OpenStack projects to operate largely independently and at their own speeds

- Foster interoperability bakeoffs

- Coordinate hybrid cloud standards and requirements with the major public cloud providers

Randy has already been nominated by:

  • Rafael Rivero
  • Saqib Ghani
  • Shaun Edwards
  • Sean Winn
  • Vibhu Bontala
  • Patrick Butler Monterde
  • Adam Waters
  • Magdy Salem
  • Denis Jannot