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Kyle Mestery

Date Joined
July 26, 2012

Cisco From (Current)
Statement of Interest

I want to help grow the OpenStack community in terms of users and developers.




I am a Neutron Core Team member. I'm heavily involved with OpenDaylight, looking to ensure the integration between OpenDaylight and OpenStack Neutron goes smoothly. I'm a passionate open source developer. I've worked on libvirt, Open vSwitch, and OpenStack, as well as other platforms. I've used Linux since the late 90s, and FreeBSD/NetBSD before that. I am the Founder of the Minnesota OpenStack Meetup. I believe in the power of open source, but even more so I believe in the power of community. Ultimately this is what OpenStack is: It's a community.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Quantum


Kyle is a candidate in the 2014 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 I mentioned above, I am member of the Neutron core team, specifically focused on the Modular Layer 2, Open vSwitch, Linuxbridge, and Cisco plugins. I'm working on ensuring OpenDaylight plugs into OpenStack Neutron in a coherent way, and ensuring the two open source projects work together efficiently. I'm also a big proponent of policy and have worked to setup a Neutron sub-team around policy APIs in Neutron.

My biggest contribution to OpenStack to date has been around the Neutron project. I helped ensured the Modular Layer 2 plugin was able to replace the Open vSwitch and Linuxbridge plugins. I've worked hard to not only code for that plugin, but also evangalize it.

I've also worked hard evangalizing OpenStack in the midwest of the United States. I'm the founder of the Minnesota OpenStack Meetup. I have succesfuly ran this Meetup for the past year, and the group has grown to almost 200 members at this time.


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?


This would be my first experience being a board member on a nonprofit organization. I believe this provides me with some fresh perspectives, which I hope to bring to the OpenStack board.


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


I believe the board needs to continue to build on the momentum OpenStack has built up over the last 3+ years. We're at a critical point now where I believe we need to start seeing more success stories with OpenStack. I believe the board needs to continue to help enable this by providing a venue for these success stories at the OpenStack conferences and other official communication channels. I also believe the board needs to continue to shepard the growth of the project as more and more vendors and customers poor into the ecosystem. I also believe the board needs to work to enable to the Technical Commitee to be succesful in whatever way it can.


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


The top priority should continue to be ensuring customer success stories around OpenStack are visible. The developers of OpenStack are doing a phenomenal job building a cloud operating system, I think the board needs to continue to allow for customers and users of OpenStack to share their success stories.

Kyle has already been nominated by:

  • Mark Collier
  • Colin McNamara
  • Shannon McFarland
  • Lance Haig
  • Jeff Pazahanick
  • Troy Toman
  • Henry Gessau
  • Madhura Sharangpani
  • Anthony Chow
  • Ed Horley