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Das Kamhout

Date Joined
December 03, 2013

Intel From 1997-03-01 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Everyone should be able to run and develop cloud platforms... Everyone, everywhere.




For 3 years I ran the Intel IT OpenStack technical direction and execution.  Recently I switched roles at Intel and am now part of a small team leading up our Software Defined Infrastructure charge.   I have been running large scale computing environments for most of my career, and understand the challenges of operators as well as the ambition of developers to create new things... these two elements brought together lead to our success.



Das 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 operator and user of OpenStack technology, I have been closely involved in the benefits, trials, and tribulations surrounding it.  I have been involved since Cactus days, and have seen the project grow and accelerate to where we are today.  I believe that OpenStack is a key technology that brings together a wide set of technologies into a consumable fashion to create an open cloud foundation.  This foundation can be used to run cloud computing anywhere, providing the basic building blocks for application developers to create and run anywhere.


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 worked for almost three years as the technical committee facilitator for the Open Data Center Alliance.  In this role I brought together a wide range of technical directions into a single path.  I also worked closely with the board of advisors which was comprised of C level individuals setting the strategy for the Open Data Center Alliance.  I have attended a few OpenStack board meetings, and I believe I can bring value to the discussions based on my background and experience.


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


The board needs to bring together the wide array of opinions across vendors, operators, and users...  and make the voice of the users and operators the loudest.  OpenStack is a vehicle for the vendor community to expose their value, but OpenStack is truly about the ability to run your code anywhere on an opensource cloud layer that you can build and run yourself.  Therefore the voice of the operators and users must be 10x louder. 


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


Set the strategy and execution that leads to adoption everywhere.

Das has already been nominated by:

  • Michał Dulko
  • Ricardo Vega
  • Reuven Cohen
  • Robert Esker
  • Chris Kemp
  • Mark Voelker
  • Don Dugger
  • Ruchi Bhargava
  • Haiying Wang
  • Ronald Pagani, Jr.