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Individual Member Profile


Vivek Cherian

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

*independent user - Unaffiliated From 2011-08-22 (Current)
Statement of Interest

I am a Technical Architect/Project Manager and I use Distributed Systems and OpenStack for fun and profit.




Vivek Varghese Cherian, is based in Chennai, India, and is a Technical Architect/Project Manager with Tech Mahindra on Distributed Systems and OpenStack. He is the  co-author of the OpenStack Beginner's Guide.





I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Openstack-ci,Openstack-manuals


Vivek 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 an early adopter and advocate of of Free/Open Source Software dating back to 2001, and a thought leader on Free/Open Source distributed computing,cloud computing technologies and as a co-author of the OpenStack Beginner's Guide, I've been involved with the OpenStack community as a documentation writer from the Essex Release back in 2012. As a Technical Architect, my daily job involves interacting with clients and proposing OpenStack based solutions to thier various distributed/cloud computing requirements. As a OpenStack deployment expert, my job is to Architect and deploy and orcherstrate robust OpenStack based Distributed computing solutions.

As you can see, I view OpenStack's success as my personal professional success as I've been closely associated with the project since the early days. I am also active in the OpenStack India community and help the community whenever I can in organising meetups.


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 involved with grass roots level Free/Open Source movements in India starting with IndLinux, The GNU Malayalam Project, The Free/Open Source User Group Kochi and lately the OpenStack India community.

My rich and varied experience has brought be in contact with people from various cultures and ethnic backgrounds and my leadership skills enable me to motivate individuals in the common direction that Free/Open Source Projects require for succcess.


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


The OpenStack board has the privilege of directing and steering one of the largest Free/Open Source Projects in the history of mankind. The Board must not only have a good representation from the corporate entities that support it financially, but also from Individual contributors who see themselves as stake holders in the Free/Open Source Movement in general and OpenStack in particular. The board should be including membership from various corporates as well as contributors from various cultures and diasporas as it will give a well rounded and balanced thought leadership to OpenStack.


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


As the board elections for 2015 is already over, I would prefer to wait till the 2016 elections to state the revised priorities that the board should have in 2016.