Call for Speakers is OPEN for the November Summit in Paris.    Submit A Talk!

Individual Member Profile

das small


Das Kamhout

Date Joined
December 03, 2013

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

As an Orchestration Architect in Intel, I am highly interested in OpenStack's success in becoming a Hybrid Cloud platform globally.




Das 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?


In 2011 (yes I know really late to the game), I led the efforts to start introducing OpenStack into the Intel IT environment.  We started with a pure greenfield environment with a focused DevOps team, and have since scaled out to start handling more and more workloads even beyond Cloud aware.  My greatest contribution has been sharing with my peers across the globe (many who are quiet and not able to join the community) on how to implement and make an OpenStack deployment real and ready for their enterprise workloads. 


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?


For 2 years I was one of the lead technical advisors for the Open Data Center Alliance board and chaired the technical committee which brings together the wide Enterprise IT market.  Through my time there I set key directions which are still in effect today, such as the drive towards a federated, interoperable, and open cloud ecosystem.  

My role in Intel IT is both engineering and operations which gives me the experience to understand the business aspects required to keep the lights on at an optimal cost, and these are key aspects that the OpenStack board needs to focus in on to continue to drive OpenStack into the mainstream.


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


The Board needs to focus in on how we scale OpenStack as the open source cloud foundation for the world.  To this end, it is important to realize the scale of the Enterprise IT market, and the opportunity to deliver interoperable APIs that expose the infrastructure in all data centers.  The flexibility of OpenStack is both a gift and a curse (from complexity), however delivering a stringent interoperable API that allows clouds to connect and application developers to build hybrid solutions for the long haul is paramount to OpenStack’s success, and the board should lead this direction and make some of the tough calls necessary to deliver results now.




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


1.) Facilitating the drive of greater adoption into the enterprise IT market

2.) Ensuring that OpenStack becomes a complete solution stack to allow companies to run a real cloud


3.) Interoperability and API compatibility across OpenStack implementations

Das has already been nominated by:

  • Jonathan Bryce
  • Todd Morey
  • Troy Toman
  • Joshua McKenty
  • Geronimo Orozco
  • Boris Renski
  • Joseph George
  • Ruchi Bhargava
  • Bret Piatt
  • Pankaj Fichadia