SUSE is working with customers to deploy private clouds based on OpenStack.
Pete Chadwick is senior product manager of Cloud Infrastructure solutions for SUSE. Chadwick has more than 20 years of experience at global technology organizations such as IBM, US Robotics, 3Com and Novell. At SUSE, his responsibilities include comprehensive market and business analysis required to deliver go-to-market strategies for one of SUSE’s priority business areas – cloud. Chadwick is responsible for bringing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to Amazon EC2. Most recently he championed the company’s work with and significant contributions to OpenStack, an open source cloud computing project. Chadwick has presented on OpenStack at many industry events including Gartner Data Center, LinuxCon, CloudOpen, Brainshare, SUSEcon, Open Source Business Conference and Cloud Computing Expo. He is a published author including the 2012 Forbes article “Why Cloud Computing Needs To – And Will – Go Open Source”.
I am responsible for the product management of SUSE's overall cloud strategy generally and specifically SUSE Cloud, our OpenStack distiribution. As such, our success is directly dependent on OpenStack's success.
My primary contribution to OpenStack has been that in the process of delivering and promoting our product, I have raised the awareness of OpenStack among SUSE customers globally, in the market at large and within the openSUSE community.
I have worked as a volunteer for a number of non-profits over the years including providing free technical guidance. I have not previously served as a board member,
The Board's role is three-fold:
- Ensure that developers can continue to deliver the most scalable and reliable IaaS platform.
- Protect and promote the OpenStack brand.
- Help the Foundation staff continue the excellent work they have done in managing the project
As with many technologies and projects, there are phases where the market starts to question the motives, direction and ultimate success of the solution. OpenStack appears to be in this phase now. While the Board should not blindly take direction from industry pundits, there is likely some merit in the criticism. The Board should focus on this input, determine what is valid and address it accordingly.
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