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Individual Member Profile


Lew Tucker

Date Joined
July 26, 2012

Cisco Systems From 2011-01-01 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Advancing the state of the art in cloud computing through open source


As VP/CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco Systems I am responsible for shaping Cisco's strategy and products in cloud computing.  I also run the OpenStack team at Cisco contributing to Neutron, Nova, Horizon, and other projects and currently sit on the Foundation Board as a Gold representative.  I frequently talk about cloud computing, software defined networking, and OpenStack at major conferences.  

Formerly, I was VP/CTO Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems, where I led development of SunCloud, was responsible for all of Sun's Internet-facing web sites and services, and was an early member of the JavaSoft executive team.  At other points in my career, at Salesforce.com I led the development of the AppExchange, and was CTO at Radar Networks, a semantic web startup.  In the 1980's I was a director of R&D at Thinking Machines, where I developed algorithms for AI and machine vision for the massively parallel Connection Machine.   I have a B.S. from Cornell University and Ph.D. in computer science from New York University.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Swift,Keystone,Horizon,Quantum,Cinder,Ceilometer,Heat,Ironic


Lew 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?


Having helped in the creation of the OpenStack foundation, I currently represent Cisco Systems as a Gold member on the Board.  OpenStack is not only of great importance to me,  but I believe important to the industry as a whole.  The OpenStack community represents an industry-wide effort, to built an open source cloud platform, freely available, with participation across a broad spectrum of companies.  I personally find it thrilling to be a member of this community.  My contribution is in bringing one of the major IT companies to the table, and leading an engineering team that is dedicated to contributing code and expertise across a growing number of OpenStack projects.    


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?


Currently serve as an OpenStack board member and vice-chairman.  I have also served as a board member of several startups, and have several years of experience in senior executive positions at Sun Microsystems, Salesforce.com, and Cisco Systems.    


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


I see the OpenStack Board's role as providing the legal, financial goverance, and direction to support the continued development of the OpenStack community and its adoption within the industry.   


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


OpenStack is beginning to “cross the chasm”, transitioning from early adopters and developers to the broader mainstream market.  Many customers are now looking to OpenStack for a cloud platform that is developer friendly, resilient, trusted, and open.   At the same time, OpenStack is being asked to address a broader range of capabilities and innovation far beyond what was originally envisioned.  Balancing these two, often opposing goals, is one of our major challenges in 2015.   I believe the Board has a role to play supporting further refinement of our development process and broadening participation through the creation of forums, working groups, and operator summits to bring the voice-of-the-customer into everything that we do.