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Individual Member Profile



Pete Chadwick

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

SUSE From (Current)
Statement of Interest

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”.



Pete 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 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.


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 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,


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


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


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


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.

Pete has already been nominated by:

  • Pete Chadwick
  • Frank Rego
  • Phillip Cockrell
  • Patrick Quairoli
  • Todd Finch
  • Joe Gerkman
  • Bryan Gartner
  • Nathan Barney
  • Andreas Jaeger