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Individual Member Profile

2012 08 02 13.55.57


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 Evangelist, Project Manager, Private/Public Cloud Platform Architecting, Deployment




Past Four Years of My Life = OpenStack

I have been involved in OpenStack from July 2010 when it is publically announced. At that time, I was leading a newly created research project team at KT R&D department focusing on Cloud. Since then, my life has been all about OpenStack. I established OpenStack Korea Community early 2011, since then, I have been a "representative" of openstack in Korea. I have been doing many talks and presentation introduciing OpensStack. 

Along the line, I have been experiencing very interesting stuffs: devops, chef, automation, test, ruby, python, cloud, and more importantly people around openstack community. 

Here is a summary list of my activities regarding OpenStack:

Community Activity History

   - established Korea OpenStack Community early 2011, and has been a leader of the community since then.  

   - did many talks and presentations introducing OpenStack in Korea, including academia, industry (companies), goverment agency, reasearch firm. 

OpenStack Activity

   - initial R&D work regarding openstack at KT R&D department since 2010

   - involved at swift commercialization effort at KT

   - leading a project team doing openstack based private and public cloud development and deployment at KT.

   - cloud design, orchestration, monitoring tool development, cloud4u


   - manager, skt 



 Small Story: Frankly speaking, the sole reason I was so interested in OpenStack from the first time was simple. It was not any insight, it was a word of "AUSTIN". yes, I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and I love the city of Austin. :)  




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