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Jaesuk Ahn

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

SKT From 2015-03-01 (Current)
cloud4u From 2014-06-05 To 2015-02-28
Korea Telecom From 2009-08-03 To 2014-06-04
Statement of Interest

OpenStack Architect & Evangelist




Jaesuk Ahn have received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Texas at Austin, in 2004 and 2009, respectively, all in Software Engineering. Upon the graduation, he joined Korea Telecom from Sept. 2009, where he started to work on Open Source Cloud Technologies, especially on OpenStack Project. he had led a development team to architect, develop, and deploy opoenstack-based cloud platform for KT's internal private cloud till 2014. he is currently working at SK Telecom on the research project related to Software Defined Data Center. 

He has also been involved in openstack community from early stage. he founded and led OpenStack Korea User Group, and did various activities to promote open source technologies in Korea. 



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Swift,Glance,Keystone,Quantum,Cinder,Ceilometer,Heat,Ironic,Oslo,Deployment


Jaesuk 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, all of my career has been around OpenStack. Mainly, it started with company's research project studying new open source sw technologies. Then, I had a great chance to establish OpenStack Korea User Group at early 2011. 

The biggiest contribution would be a community activity I have been doing since 2011 mainly in Korea. OpenStack Korea User Group is now the best community in Korea, just got the community of the year award. I am proud myself to help the 4 years journey to make this community so active, fun, and meaningful. 

In addition, I did work on KT (Korea Telecom)'s next generation cloud platform development project as a Project Lead, which is of course based on OpenStack. My another contribution is making OpenStack an important part of Korea Telecom's agenda, furthermore, in some extend, througout Korea. 

I do love people I am connecting here in OpenStack Community. I want every people involved here in OpenStack to be successful. That is why OpenStack's success is important to me. 





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?


Most of my experience on non profits are working at OpenStack Community, as a coordinator of Korea User Group. During the past four years, I have involved various open source activities, including running free open source seminar at the university, organizing join event with other open source communities, managing korea user group, networking with academia and government agencies, etc. That has given me really good experience working on open source community with various difference aspect, student, developers, government people, companies, etc. 

IMHO, that experiences have prepared me to consider not only one aspective, but also various different aspectives regarding how we do with OpenStack.  


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


OpenStack is not a simple community, it is more like huge society with really various types of members; different level of skill, different types of interest, different cultures, etc.

Board role is 1) to listen all of these conflict goals, interests, and requirements  2) to find out how we make verious types of people in this openstack society co-exist in together, 3) sometime hold a strong position if there is any abnormalty we need to prevent. Especially, Individual Board should be balancing out strong influence from cooperate. 






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


Top priority of the Board are 

1. We really continue to work on what we need to focus among various works going on in OpenStack. DefCore can be one part of it. However, we really need to decide how we keep things stable and reliable, as well as try to keep fast innovation happens.

2. Since now OpenStack is realy huge both in Europe and Asia, It is really global project. We need to figure out how OpenStack Governance model can succesffuly incorporate other parts of the world together. International Community is not a branch anymore, It is core part of OpenStack. 

3. Keep growing eco-system around APIs. We need to strength our APIs so that more people and companies can build their services and applications on top of OpenStack API. That eco-system around APIs will be a strong weapon for OpeStack Community to grow more. 

Jaesuk has already been nominated by:

  • Jack Mac