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Individual Member Profile


Vishvananda Ishaya

Date Joined
July 25, 2012

Nebula From 2013-06-11 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Openstack Technical Committee Member




Vish Ishaya is the Chief Technology Officer at Nebula, Inc. Prior to joining Nebula, he was a Principal Engineer with Rackspace Cloud Builders. He was also a Senior Systems Engineer with Anso Labs and NASA Nebula Technical Lead during the creation of Nova, one of the founding OpenStack projects.

He is a highly prolific developer who has been one of the top contributors to OpenStack. He has been a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee since its inception, and was recently elected to the OpenStack Board, which along with other prominent community members helps guide the vision of the OpenStack project.

Vish was elected to four consecutive terms as the OpenStack Compute Project Technical Lead. In addition to his excellent programming and systems skills, Vish has spent over a decade teaching, most recently classes in object oriented analysis and design.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Glance,Cinder,Oslo,DevStack


Vishvananda 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?


As one of the original developers of nova at NASA, I have seen OpenStack grow from a fledgling idea into an IT-transforming juggernaut. I still believe that a single piece of software can run the majority of private and public clouds. The largest contribution I have made to OpenStack's success is shepherding it through its various stages of growth. This includes helping to found the cinder project, helping lead the keystone lite rewrite, and being a member of the Technical Committee since its inception.


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 Board for the past year and have been striving to be a conduit between the Board and the Technical Committee. In addition I am the CTO for an OpenStack company so I sit a unique intersection between technical understanding, business direction, and customer requirements.


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


The Board's primary role is to maintain positive collaboration between the various OpenStack companies. There are a huge number of differening agendas in OpenStack and interaction at the Board is the way that conflicts can be resolved and OpenStack can continue to be relevant in the future.


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


There are three important areas the Board needs to focus on in 2015

1. Continuing to solidify the definition of the trademark. The DefCore sub-comittee has done a great job here, and as OpenStack grows, the definition needs to expand. We should address the idea to include both Software and Services in the Trademark.

2. Facilitate more input from project management teams. As companies bring more resources to bear on OpenStack, it is clear that technical contributions are not the only place where help is needed. The "Win the Enterprise" sub-committee is a great start towards this, and we should keep supporting these efforts.

3. Help to encourage companies to focus technical resources in the right areas. Some of the older projects are in need of cleanup contributions and reviews (nova, neutron) to keep up a decent cadence, but effort is often directed to new features and projects. The board needs to help companies understand the value of keeping the core strong and technical-debt free.

Vishvananda has already been nominated by:

  • Chet Burgess
  • David Lapsley
  • Rafi Khardalian
  • Zane Bitter
  • Tina Nolte
  • Tobias Ford
  • Joel Friedly
  • Kord Campbell
  • Joe Gordon
  • Mark McClain