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Individual Member Profile

Randy Black COA Certified

Date Joined
September 16, 2013

Not Disclosed From 2015-09-14 (Current)
None From 2013-09-16 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Openstack delivery, technical roadmaps and evolutions of Openstack.




Principle evangelist and operator for multiple private cloud deployments.  Mentor and coach on cloud technologies and principles in a enterprise world.



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


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'm an operator, I also drive the adoption for private cloud adoption from the operator level.  The continued growth of Openstack and it success, keeps me employed, doing something I love.   I have no community contributions other than the random help offered in IRC channels and the continued private adoption in my current role.


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?


Most of my non-profit experience comes from working for and with humanitarian outreach.  There the only constraint was money and being effective with what you had.  It was also an opportunity to gaurantee transparency in the process and programs we opperated in and under.  As an advocate of the transparency process that was some of the most rewarding work I had done.


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


Oversee and manage the number of complex and diverse requirements and ensure that everyone is heard.  Understanding and making understood that all expectations will not be made but the good of the Openstack platform and community is the driving factor.  Ensureing Openstacks future is viable and successful, symbiotically allowing operators and enterprises to be successful with it as well.


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


Stability - specifically cross project intergration stabilization.
Evangelism - Education of cloud technologies and how Openstack can benefit the enterprise.