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Individual Member Profile

2012 08 02 13.55.57


Jaesuk Ahn

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

cloud4u From 2014-06-05 (Current)
Korea Telecom From 2009-08-03 To 2014-06-04
Statement of Interest

OpenStack Evangelist, Private/Public Cloud Service Deployment, Cloud UX development




Past Three 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. 

 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,Glance,Keystone,Quantum,Cinder,Ceilometer,Heat,Ironic,Oslo


Jaesuk 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?


* my professional relationship with openstack and contribution

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. I have established a research team focusing on both nova and swift at that time and has been an active researcher and evangelist to promote openstack technology inside KT. Fortunately, As a result, KT now has two years old commercial swift service, and "soon-to-open" private cloud based on openstack, and various research projects around openstack.  

I have been also doing lots of talks and presentation for the past three years at government conference, IT conference, open source conference, private seminar for other companies, universities in Korea. 

* my community side relationship with openstack and contribution 

In addition, I have established openstack korea user group at early 2011. Since then openstack Korea user group becomes the most name-recognized open source community (in cloud computing area) in Korea. Around 1500 registered users at both facebook group and korea community website.

I did my best to make this openstack korea user group NOT as just some gathering among vendors or company developer, BUT as an active open source community everyone can freely join and share. as a result, we have really wonderful people in our community volunteering their own time for the community, and very healthy community with more variety of members from junior high school student to c-level people in a company. 

* why is its success important to me? 

- one side of reason is obvious... this is my job and responsibility to make openstack-based cloud service successful at kt. 


- more important reason is... i really believe that openstack community can be a most fun and active gathering place for various types of people; let students knows the basic concepts of cloud computing, let them know it is fun and very helpful for their upcoming career, let young developer to get what they need to grow as an expert, let core/senior developers give chance to share information, let anyone interested in cloud computing area give a play ground to do lots of interesting. Achieving this is my strong personal interest, and doing what you are interested in is one of the best gift you can have. therefore, enough reason for 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?


As i described above, being a community leader in Korea gave me several chance to work with government agency, to do a session chair in various conference, to work as member of IT standard committee, to be a short-time lecturer at the university etc. These experiences working with various types of people and organizations regarding openstack will help me to successfully act as a board member at the foundation.

In addition, i have been doing multiple roles; 1) researchers, 2) commercial deployer, 3) commercial developer, 4) regional community leading person, 5) evangelist. This will help me to understand requirements from various types of community members.




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


IMHO, Board needs to keep openstack's momentum by balancing two things: 1) encouraging its native developer culture from early days, 2) successfully incorporating user's voice and requirements into openstack's development roadmap in reasonably organized way. 

Individual board director's role will be on actively hearing voices from various users (developers, integrators, users, etc), and making sure the community sets correct direction and proper priority by balancing among these various voices. 


OpenStack's commercial success will be one of important factors. To make a good reference deployment and successful commercialization story are very important. However, in a meanwhile, if someone sees an openstack foundation as an entity only focusing on business/commercial marketing, that would hurt to grow the community with more broad spectrum of participants. I believe openstack foundation has been doing a very good job balancing this as required. Board needs to keep this balancing effectively and continuously. 


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


1. with growth of community, a board need to continue reaching-out effort to various types of user-base. I recognize very good initiatives from the foundation, such as ambassador program. Each user group can play a very important role for the growth of openstack globally.    

2. while keeping this fantastic development activities in openstack, a board needs to clearly communicate what would be a core part that openstack itself (as a open source project) is contributing and enhancing, and what would be a part that openstack eco-system is contributing. In other words, eco-system's strength comes from variety, but openstack core's strength comes from a capability to provide stable framework to incorporate these variety.

Summing up, better communication/balancing act between different opinions among developer groups, eco-developers, users, deployers, etc. 

I hope I can provide what I have for openstack community through this individual board director role. 



Jaesuk has already been nominated by:

  • Tom Fifield
  • Sungjin Kang
  • MyoungHwan Yoo
  • nalee jang
  • yongjoon kong
  • Stephen Spector
  • Kenneth Pepple
  • Randy Bias
  • Seth Fox
  • Stephen Ahn