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Individual Member Profile



Michael Letschin

Date Joined
December 09, 2013

Nexenta From 2012-04-01 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Working to develop integration with storage and openstack


Michael has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, ranging from Systems Engineer through IT director.  Most recently a Sales Engineer and now Product Marketing/Management Manager for Nexenta Systems.  He holds an MBA from Mt. St Mary's University and technical certifications from multiple storage and virtualization vendors.  His work on his blog(, on social media (@mletschin) and in the IT community as a whole have resulted in numerous accolades.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Swift,Horizon,Cinder,Openstack-ci


Michael 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?


As the lead product manager from a storage vendor the use of openstack in the datacenter is of verwhelming importance.  This integration into the full solution stack and the single management style allows for storage to be a commodity.  Having worked to automate NexentaStor via Chef and Puppet, the commodity model has been extended to the storage realm for both file and block in addition to work being done to continue Nexenta integration with Swift.


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 been a board member on numerous user groups in the past including Vmware User Groups and the chair of the Potomac Regional VMware User conference.  This experience as a board member and leader gives me the ability to work with differening views as well as vendor relationships and fundraising when working in non profit environments.  


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


Providing the general direction and focus within the OpenStack community, the board will bring groups together to have a single purpose of driving the datacenter into the future. 


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


Integrate the somewhat fractured appearance of the openstack community to make the full suite a cohesive datacenter approach.

Michael has already been nominated by:

  • Michael Letschin
  • Jim Fitzgerald
  • Alex Aizman
  • Robert Novak
  • Kris Tsao
  • Julie Herd
  • bridget warwick
  • Darren Bury
  • Ken Huynh
  • hanxi chen