As the principal engineer running the Intel IT Cloud direction. My team develops and runs our OpenStack implementation in the real world. I want to see OpenStack continue to grow and scale to meet the needs of the enterprise and all future developers.
I run the Intel IT cloud strategy and execution. As part of this role, I am responsible for leading the team that is developing and running our production OpenStack environment. We made a decision in 2011 that OpenStack would be the software layer that controlled our data center, and began the systematic implementation which is aimed at reaching our goal of a federated, interoperable, and open cloud ecosystem.
My team and I live and breathe OpenStack and are making this our single control plane to run our infrastructure. One of my main goals is to help drive OpenStack as an enterprise class system that can scale globally across all IT shops in a public and private manner.
My background in large infrastructure computing goes back over a decade, as in my previous role at Intel I was responsible for leading the engineering and operations global teams for our Design Grid. Back in the day this used to be one of the largest Linux environments in the world. I brought my experience from running a large scale on-demand grid environment to lead the efforts (starting in 2009) to transform our existing traditional IT hosting environment into a highly automated on-demand IaaS (and now PaaS too) private cloud.
My extensive experience in design for run and the operations in enterprise environment, I believe, will help the board in the next phase of OpenStack - enterprise (traditional app) capable cloud services.
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.
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.
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.
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
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