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Individual Member Profile


Edgar Magana

Date Joined
July 26, 2012

Workday From 2014-08-01 (Current)
Cisco Systems From 2014-04-04 To 2014-07-31
PLUMgrid From 2013-01-10 To 2014-04-03
Statement of Interest

Neutron to become the default and standard NaaS




I have been an OpenStack member since 2011 as a part of the founding team of the neutron project (formerly known as quantum). I am still a core developer and I have extended my contributions to nova, devstack, docs, heat and other projects.

Currently, I am part of the Cloud Operations and Infrastructure team for one of the biggest SaaS providers. My current role as OpenStack consumer is giving me a different opinion about what OpenStack should integrate and how it can be consumed easier and more scalable for both Service Providers and Entreprises. I am planning to provide my experience to the OpenStack Board in order to drive its direction based on the interest of the Operators and Users, never influenced by technology-specific vendors. 

 Professionally, I have a PhD on Distributed Systems and I have specialized on Cloud Computing, Network Virtualization, Software-defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), OpenFlow and the most important OpenStack. During my last three positions at Cisco, PLUMgrid and Workday I have completed successful OpenStack deployment in heterogeneous and scalable infrastructures, from vendor specific hardware to commodity one. All improvements have been shared and I have created extended experience on configuration languages such as Puppet and Chef.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Horizon,Quantum,Ceilometer,Heat,Ironic,Openstack-manuals,Deployment,DevStack


Edgar 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?


OpenStack has been the driving technology in my career for the last four years. I was one of the first contributors to Neutron (formerly known as Quantum). My initial work on both physical and virtual networking was the beginning of a very extensive relationship with multiple projects in OpenStack. I have contributed directly to projects such as nova, neutron, devstack, tempest, infra and the most important of all of them documentation.

OpenStack success is important to me because it represents a major disruption in opensource technologies for Cloud Computing and being part of this momentum is wonderful. I can only compare this technology transformation to the time when Linux started to be adopted and become one of the most important software technologies in the last decade. I want to be sure that OpenStack follows the same successful path with its own particularities.


My biggest contribution was my effort to make Neutron to default networking technology for OpenStack. We all know that nova-network is very good but it has some natural limitations. It has been a really difficult process, hundreds lines of code has been added and removing but we as a team belive that after Juno release we are getting close to a very stable production ready Networking as a Service software. 


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?


Two of my best skills have always been communication and conflict resolution. Since my time as a student, I was part of the College Board when I was able to organize the first Scientific and Academic fair where a dozen of well known national researchers presented their work and invite students to be part of those projects.

I believe the most important to the success of any project is “communication and empathy”. This is what I will bring to the board based on my extended relationship with both individual contributor and companies sponsoring OpenStack.


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


It is all about understanding and providing guidance but not micro-manage each project. OpenStack community is one of the best and smartest open source ones. Our people do not need to be instructed but rightly guided with the high level picture and a formal direction for the future of the project and not just random ideas that could damage the whole project.

My current role as Cloud Operations Architect is providing the right visibility on the current deployment and operations paint points in OpenStack. I will bring to the board that experience and of course helping each team and project to become closer to each other and provide a natural synergy around the progress of the platform.


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


The top priority of the board in 2015 should be to improve the synergy between all projects. Improve the broken teams leveraging the ones that have built a successful and unified community and not just a bunch of hard working developers trying to merge code in different directions without real self-leadership.

Operations, Stability and Deployment will be my focus for all projects. The bridge between new exciting features and their stability in productions systems is quite big and my plan to work with the rest of the board members to make that bridge shorter and shorter until it becomes a smooth natural well known process.

Incorporate projects in incubation faster to the main pipeline. Also to make the right decision whether a project in incubation should remain by its own and should be integrated with other projects.

Overall, I want to provide my energy, passion and love to OpenStack to make it the best Cloud Management System in the market.

Edgar has already been nominated by:

  • Marc Solanas
  • Jay Pipes
  • Tomoe Sugihara
  • Salvatore Orlando
  • Stefano Maffulli
  • Aaron Rosen
  • Nachi Ueno
  • Trinath Somanchi
  • Tom Fifield
  • Kyle Mestery