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Individual Member Profile



Imad Sousou

Date Joined
December 13, 2013

Intel From 1994-03-28 (Current)
Statement of Interest

As VP and GM of the Intel Open Source Technology Center, I guide open source development, including on OpenStack, every day. Customers benefit from flexibility that comes when interoperability isn’t controlled by a single vendor and tied to specific platforms. I believe OpenStack offers the strongest potential for enterprises to secure cloud deployments and help them assess private and hybrid cloud environments.


Imad Sousou is vice president in the Software and Services Group and general manager of the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corp. He established the center in 2003 and is responsible for driving Intel's efforts in open source software and architecture across technologies and market segments, including enterprise and carrier-grade Linux and related technologies, virtualization technologies, embedded market segments, and client Linux programs and related technologies.

Imad joined Intel in 1994 as a senior software engineer. Before moving into his current role, he served as director of telecom software programs in the Intel Communications Group and as director of client software engineering in the Home Products Group.

Prior to joining Intel, Imad was a software engineer at Central Point Software working on system utilities for the Apple Mac OS.

Imad holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics from Portland State University.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Oslo,Openstack-ci,Openstack-manuals,QA,Deployment,DevStack,Release


Imad 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?


I have a direct relationship with OpenStack through leadership of the Intel Open Source Technology Center. I believe OpenStack offers the strongest potential for enterprises to secure cloud deployments and help them assess private and hybrid cloud environments.


My biggest contribution to OpenStack is creating a great place for talented developers to advance open source software and products. My team is working on enabling the cloud computing ecosystem to help define open, interoperable cloud standards and through involvement with the Open Data Center Alliance. We enable OpenStack cloud deployments through contributions across projects and tools (optimizations, validation, and patches), and Intel was a top contributor to the Grizzly and Havana releases.


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?


As co-chair of the Tizen Technical Steering Committee, my role is to continually align the needs of the organization to deliver on the priorities we’ve set while allowing those developing on Tizen to push the boundaries of what’s possible. I see that as the greatest challenge and opportunity for board members: to advance the community goals and ensure collective success while still enabling individual members to determine the specific ways their organizations will make that happen.


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


Continue to push for adoption of open formats and interfaces that will ensure flexibility and choice for users and vendors of the cloud, which in turn helps drive adoption. It’s up to the innovators in this space to drive standards through open collaboration. The OpenStack board should lead this effort by being a strong, consistent voice that moves the discussion forward.


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


Accelerate mainstream enterprise cloud adoption of OpenStack by closing the feature gap, strengthening existing functionality, and continually building the ecosystem to drive OpenStack and scale across the industry.

Drive adoption of open APIs as the cloud standard. Approaches to interoperability that aren't under the control of individual vendors and tied to specific platforms offer important flexibility that fuels innovation and benefits consumers.


Work to avoid fragmentation by establishing solution and API compliance requirements and suites as well as working across the community to gain alignment and support.