Icehouse, the 9th release of OpenStack, is out! Thanks to the 1200+ contributors. OpenStack Icehouse
Enable OpenStack enablement with real-world implementors, builders, and users
Joseph B George (@jbgeorge) is an active director on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors, as the representative from Dell. He is also the Director of Cloud and Big Data Solutions at Dell, the team is responsible for developing innovative open source solutions such as the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution, the Dell Apache Hadoop Solution, and the Dell Crowbar software framework.
Joseph has held key strategy, product management, and technical roles at companies like HP, BMC Software, and Halliburton. Covering areas such as enterprise management software, virtual desktops infrastructure (VDI), scale out computing, and transaction management, Joseph has spent over 16 years in the areas of enterprise software, virtualization, and cloud technology.
Joseph holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, as well as a master’s in business administration (MBA), both from the University of Houston. He’s a tried and true Texan, and currently resides in Austin with his wife and two children.
You can catch Joseph’s thoughts and opinions regularly at the JBGeorge Tech Blog (www.jbgeorge.net) and he can often be found talking tech on Twitter (@jbgeorge).
In addition to serving on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors as a Gold Member Director from Dell, I was also the product manager that brought Dell's first hardware + software + services OpenStack solution to market in July of 2011. Now leading a team of professionals on OpenStack, we have brought multiple OpenStack solutions to market, including enabling Hyper-V with a market solution.
I believe OpenStack represents a trend that service providers and enterprise IT are making to deeper community collaboration on new technologies and practices, and I will continue to drive the initiative to make my customers and the community successful in a very real-world meaningful way.
I have been active in a number of community and local church capacities that have enabled me to serve as a board member. That, in addition to my past year as an OpenStack board member, has provided me a pragmatic view of how to grow a community from both a technical and a business perspective.
The Board should be the guardian of the business functions of the OpenStack community, as well as strategists as to where OpenStack CAN go and SHOULD go - to further attract more developers, more implementers, and more users.
I see this as three main priorities, though not exclusive of other priorities:
1. Clarify the definition of OpenStack - what is core, what is compliant, and what is not.
2. Understand where the strategic opportunities lie for OpenStack as a technology, and clear the path to ensure OpenStack gets there.
3. Fully enable any and every new entrant to OpenStack in a real way - developers, implementers, and users - with the right level of documentation, tools, community support, and vendor support.
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