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Individual Member Profile


John Griffith

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

SolidFire From (Current)
Statement of Interest

Developer, and current lead for Cinder project




John Griffith, Senior Software Engineer at SolidFire, helped to create the Cinder project in OpenStack.  His primary responsibility at SolidFire is technical contributor to OpenStack.  He served as Technical Lead for the Block Storage Project since it's beginning through the Juno release, and also holds an elected seat on the OpenStack Technical Committee.

John has over fifteen years of engineering experience in both hardware and software engineering.  He’s been an active user and contributor to open source for close to a decade, and has been focused on OpenStack since January of 2011.

In addition to his technical contributions, John also spends a lot of his time talking to people who are interested in learning about OpenStack as well as gathering feedback from current users.



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


John is a candidate in the 2015 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've been a contributor to OpenStack via code contributions as well as an advocate and ambassador helping deployers set up and maintain OpenStack deployments.  I'm passionate about OpenStack and the choice it offers as well as the potential it holds.


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've been involved with a number of non-profits over the years, most actively a group that provides equine therapy to disabled children as well as Veterans and troubled youth.  While this has nothing to do with Software or Clouds, there are similarities in the operation and conduct of non-profits regardless of their mission.  Being actively involved with non-profits provides a common perspective regarding how they work, maintaining a balance of interests and driving awareness and education.


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


I see the Board as responsible for a number of key aspects of OpenStack; These include funding and marketing of the project of course, but also managing the external interests of all of the various corporations and investors and ensuring that there is no unbalanced influence from one oragnization over another.  The Foundation is primarily responsible for ensuring that OpenStack remains an Open and Neutral Platform for building Clouds for everybody, but at the same time maintaining the delicate balance of bringing in support from the same organizations.

In addition, another key role fo the board as OpenStack continues to grow at an amazing pace, it so to protect the OpenStack brand and trademark, and to also help shape and define the definition of what OpenStack is.


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


Complete the work that's been started with defcore, although I think there's probably a need to adjust some of what's in progress here, mostly as a result of the growth that's taken place in OpenStack since the effort started.  OpenStack has been a bit of a moving target for the defcore team in my opinion and it will continue to be so.  I thnk it's critical to at least get a first iteration of this completed in 2015 and move forward with it from there.

I also think the Board should take an active role in helping drive a more solid platform foundation.  The rapid addition of new projects is great, but in my opinion there needs to be some influence or at least assistance from the board to try and communicate priorities to organizations who are on the board and have development resources involved in the project.  There are a number of large organizations represented on the board that have very special interests in their own new projects or add-ons to OpenStack.  It's my opinion that there needs to be a more unified effort towards stability and direction on the base OpenStack projects (my perspective Compute, Networking and Storage) that involves input and focus from both the Board as well as the TC, rather than the never ending quest to be able to claim leadership on the next great feature. 

John has already been nominated by:

  • Kenneth Hui
  • Tom Fifield
  • Rushi Agrawal
  • Mike Perez
  • Dustin Schoenbrun
  • Xing Yang
  • Madhura Maskasky
  • Sean McGinnis
  • Fergal Mc Carthy
  • Duncan Thomas