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Individual Member Profile


Adrian Otto

Date Joined
July 27, 2012

Rackspace From 2013-08-30 (Current)
Statement of Interest

User and Contributer




Adrian is a Principal Architect at Rackspace, after a successful career as a serial entrepreneur. He has over 20 years of experience in technology leadership.

He currently serves as PTL for both the Solum and Magnum projects, and serves as the Chair of the OpenStack Containers Team. He wants OpenStack to be the preferred cloud software platform for application developers, and believes that a rich ecosystem of supporting projects is a key to achieving that vision.

Adrian believes deeply in keeping a strategic long-term view paired with achievable tactical goals. He has spent his recent years working extensively in collaborative pursuits that organize numerous companies to agree and work together. He is rational, reasoned, principled, and knows how to drive consensus. Adrian holds integrity as his highest virtue.




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


Adrian 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?


Since 2010, Adrian has been involved with OpenStack, attending the design summits dating back to the very first in Austin. He has contributed in a variety of ways, and has emerged as a respected leader through these contributions.

He founded the Solum project in October 2013 and created the OpenStack Containers Team, which created the Magnum project as a forward looking effort to add next generation container technology to the OpenStack Compute program, and give OpenStack cloud users a first class experience with containers on OpenStack clouds. He also serves on the API working group, which is committed to improving our developer experience across numerous community projects.

Adrian has worked on a variety of projects within OpenStack, and contributed to Heat by suggesting the concept of an OpenStack native API and DSL, which became known as HOT.


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?


Adrian has serves as a leader in multiple open source projects, and served on a variety of committees and other collaborative groups. One example is serving as a Co-Chair on the OASIS CAMP Technical Committee, which aims to bring cloud application standards to the open standards community. He deeply understands OpenStack technology, and its commercial applications. He has observed the full history of the OpenStack Foundation, from its initial formation by Rackspace in coordination with the OpenStack community in 2012.


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


I believe the role of the OpenStack Board should expand. The user committee is now taking off, and the API working group is helping to drive quality and consistency among various projects. This scope goes above any beyond the contributions of the OpenStack Technical Committee, because it is attended by leaders and stakeholders across the entire OpenStack community. I believe the Board should set a long term vision for OpenStack, and convey that vision to the Technical Committee. This responsibility transcends the creation of a mission statement, and needs to be represented by an ongoing dialogue between what we do within the Foundation, and how that impacts the decisions we making in operating and steering our various open source projects.


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


Because of the way the current bylaws are structured, its extremely difficult for them to be changed. We have an enourmous electorate that is laregly inactive. We need to continue our pursuits to allow the active electorate to authorize changes to the bylaws so the Board can conduct its business. I also think the Board should become more active in the leadership of the Foundation, and play a larger role on the OpenStack development community.

Adrian has already been nominated by:

  • Jesse Butler
  • Morgan Fainberg
  • Julien Vey
  • Ravi Sankar Penta
  • Eric Windisch
  • Mark McClain
  • Paul Czarkowski
  • Todd Morey
  • Robert Collins
  • Jay Pipes