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Individual Member Profile


Manju Ramanathpura

Date Joined
December 19, 2013

Hitachi Data Systems From 2011-09-19 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Passionate about driving open cloud management standard and enable OpenStack to be that standard.


I am a member of Hitachi Data Systems’ Office of Technology & Planning team, working as a Sr. Director & CTO for Intelligent Platforms. In my role, I work closely with strategic clients, research communities, open source communities and various Hitachi’s internal organizations to drive continuous innovation. 

I am also a member of OpenStack board of directors, representing Hitachi.





I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Swift,Cinder,Ironic


Manju is a candidate in the 2016 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 representing Hitachi Gold membership for the last 2 + years.  OpenStack has helped tremendously to normalize management of key data center infrastructure components - storage, server & network ( physical & virtual ).  This is of great value for our customers as it provides more flexibility.  This has also been benefitial for vendors like Hitachi as this has paved a way for us to deliver interoperable solutions more efficiently. While OpenStack has helped in these area, there is also lot of room for continous improvement to meet ever evolving IT landscape. 

I have been a champion of OpenStack's mission in many external industry events, conferences, hangouts, blog posts etc.,  Internally within Hitachi, I drive many focused projects to get Hitachi continue to stay engaged and contribute to the OpenStack community.




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 on board for condo associations in the past.  I have also assisted as a contributing member to several red-cross lead activities to support disastrer struck neighborhoods.    


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


At this phase of OpenStack journey, to ensure OpenStack's success, Board needs to stay grounded, actively engaged with all the stakeholders,  understand challenges and provide focused guidance to help us all move forward.  


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2016?


Enterprise readiniess of OpenStack is still an unfulfilled mission that we set out to achieve last year.  I feel like board needs to help define focus groups and rally support for each of the core OpenStack projects to make them  enterprise ready.  I personally am looking forward to strengthen Cinder, Manila & Swift, working with other  vendors in the storage space.