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Individual Member Profile


Adam Lawson

Date Joined
July 24, 2013

AQORN INC From 2011-01-01 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Openstack architecture & deployments




Adam is chief executive officer and principal architect at AQORN, an OpenStack consulting start-up. He is a member of the Cloud Advisory Council and has recently discovered and is engaging further with India's thriving OpenStack communities. During his day job, Adam is a dynamic cloud community activist with a wide range of deployment experience with hyper-scale cloud and Hadoop using CM tooling. Adam specializes in Openstack but is passionate about providing thought leadership in the overall cloud space, speaking often at industry events, OpenStack Summits, cloud conferences, local meet-ups and is a regular contributing author at Information Week and Networking World. He's married to his wife of 4 years with two amazing children.



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


Adam is a candidate in the 2015 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 own a privately-funded cloud consulting company with a core emphasis on OpenStack. The success of the cloud platform itself and its future direction is not just key to the success of our company and our customers who are researching it but to the OpenStack project itself. My biggest contribution to OpenStack has been the process of translating an ideal to propagate the open cloud into tangible actions; developing and implementing an open cloud platform in enterprises across the world. My interest is both philanthropic and personal.


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 an architect for over a decade and have run multiple start-ups focusing on bleeding edge technologies that drive what consumers today simply expect. While this candidacy is my first foray into board membership, my approach to strategic project leadership couples battle-tested architectural pratices with old fashioned business sense that results in a seasoned and passionate board member candidate. That's a win for OpenStack.


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


I feel the Board must embrace the inevitable change and tolerate disruption while embracing the values that makes our community what it is - vibrant. That isn't easy and won't be accomplished in a single election cycle, but I look forward to seeing this happen.


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


Propagation of the open cloud. Anythign that drives adoption and processess that gets us closer to that goal.

Adam has already been nominated by:

  • Milind Dange
  • Stefano Maffulli
  • Selena Peacock
  • Todd Lawson
  • Jeff Metes
  • sankar samudrala
  • Kirk Lewis
  • Naveen Rao
  • Ted Ramos
  • Jase Machado