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Individual Member Profile


Mats Karlsson

Date Joined
December 06, 2013

Ericsson From 1989-11-01 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Ensure use of Openstack for Telco Operators as the de-facto platfrom for NFV


I am responsible for heading up Architecture within the Ericsson group (VP Architecture reporting to CTO) being responsible for the Network and Implementation architecture for all Ericsson products. I have also been heading up Ericsson Cloud Program, i.e. defining and setting the strategy around cloud for the company, including our strategic choice to base our cloud platform product upon OpenStack. Right now my focus is to ensure that we can provide an NFV (Network Function Virtualization) environment for Telco Operators, based on Openstack, that can retain and improve the carrier-grade SLA’s when our applications goes from a box-based/native deployment to a cloud based deployment model. Ericsson is today taking a lead position in transforming legacy telco applications to virtulizaed NFV applications running in an Openstack based environment. We are one of the founding members and Technical Chair in OPNFV which is a consortia (part of Linux Foundation) of Operators and vendors with the target to create a working reference solution for NFV applications based upon Openstack. I have myself, together with other industry leaders, been presenting the needs and requirements from an NFV perspective towards Openstack.

Ericsson and myself will continue to drive the work to ensure that Openstack also well adresses the new segment of NFV which is a clear extension of the market that Openstack will be possible to adress.

I am also responsible for Ericsson OpenSource strategy and have been instrumental in drving the foundation of Ericsson initiated opensource projects such as Erlang and OpenSAF where Ericsson has been the founder and major contributor of code.

I have spent my entire career within Ericsson entirely within R&D and management and have been responsible for Ericsson server and platform development (Processor, Operating System, Middleware etc) but is now part of the CTO office driving technology strategy across the company.



Mats 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?


I have been involved from start developing the strategy to use Openstack as the virtualization management solution for Telecom Applications (NFV applications). We are and have been driving consistently that Openstack as THE solution for cloudification of telecom networks. We have been working to clearly articulate the needs from an NFV perspective and to provide needed blueprints and code. We have externally been advocating the use of Openstack for NFV.


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 have for more than 10 years been responsible for the Ericsson Open Source strategy and how we work with Opens Source within the company. I have also been involved in founding and nurturing a number of initiatives to create Open Source projects/foundations (OpenSAF, OpenDaylight)


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


I believe the board has a major role in ensuring that Openstack becomes an industrial success, used by a number of different industries.


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


I believe NFV needs to be a major priority for 2015. There is today a very good alignment between Operators and Telecom vendors to go for Openstack as the strategic direction, but still hurdles to overcome to make it a success.

On the more overall level I believe stability/robustness and Enterprise grade features are urgently needed and will also benefit NFV.