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Individual Member Profile

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Manju Ramanathpura


Date Joined
December 19, 2013

Affiliations
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.


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Bio

I am a member of Hitachi Data Systems’ Office of Technology & Planning team, working as a 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. Before joining HDS, I worked in product management and engineering roles with Cisco Systems Inc., for several switching and routing products.


 


Projects

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

 

Manju is a candidate in the 2014 Board Election.


Q

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?

A

One of my key responsibilities at Hitachi is to build and drive OpenStack strategy.  This role also gives me opportunity to evangalize OpenStack with Hitachi's clients and help navigate customers towards making right IT decisions.  I have been actively promoting the value of OpenStack through monthly Google+ Hangouts with the OpenStack community in partnership with other ecosystem members. This unique approach has helped develop and build the audience and interest in OpenStack using this collaborative format that others have not leveraged. We will continue building momentum each month as well as identify additional opportunities to build interest in OpenStack

Q

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?

A

I have served as a board of trustees for a very large condo associations.  This has allowed me to serve in an environment where community interests are put ahead of individual's interests. This has also given me the experience to work in non-profit communities with social and financialy responibilities.

 

Q

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

A

Beyond the fiduciary and strategic responsibilities of the board, it is also important that developers and ecosystem partners continued participation is strongly encouraged and facilitated. From an external facing perspective, it is also important to constantly promote the value of OpenStack and taking opportunities to highlight it's success – particularly with enterprise users.

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

A

Mainstream, enterprise adoption of OpenStack. 

Again, beyond the fiduciary and strategic responsibilities of the board, the top priority should be the public recognition of the progress OpenStack is making in contrast to the perception promoted by some pundits in the industry. This should not be a confrontational approach, rather it is one of education of analysts and media who cover the progress of OpenStack.