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Individual Member Profile



Simon Anderson

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

DreamHost From (Current)
Inktank From (Current)
Statement of Interest

OpenStack powers DreamCompute, the public cloud computing service of DreamHost. We are big fans, coders and evangelizers of OpenStack, and plan to contribute to the vision and reality of the open cloud.


Simon is CEO of DreamHost, and Co-founder and Director of Inktank Storage. Both companies are very actively involved in developing, promoting, and using OpenStack globally.

Simon has been a Gold Member Director since the Foundation was established in 2012. He Chairs the Committee of the Board that provides guidance to companies considering Gold Membership, and is a member of the Compensation Committee and Elections committee.

DreamHost launched DreamCompute in 2013 - a public cloud computing service powered by OpenStack and Ceph. 



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Glance,Keystone,Horizon,Quantum,Cinder,Ceilometer,Heat


Simon 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?


DreamHost has developed an OpenStack powered public cloud computing service, DreamCompute. Inktank provides enterprise support and subscriptions for Ceph, the open source distributed storage software used for block storage in OpenStack private and public clouds.

Simon was part of the group of intending members who worked to establish the OpenStack Foundation in early 2012, and was elected a Gold Member Director in August 2012. He is very active in promoting OpenStack globally, and most recently spoke about OpenStack on the Cloud panel at Dell World in December 2012.


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?


Simon has served on the Board of a not-for-profit organization promoting Australian interests in the US and internationally -

Simon has also been a Board member of a number of venture-backed startups in the US and Australia.

He brings a lot of experience navigating large complex issues and finding positive solutions to them.



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


The Board's job is to drive the mission of OpenStack forward - promoting and evangelizing OpenStack software and supporting the rapidly growing community of developers who code it.

The Board also plays a role in bringing more major contributors to the project, and contributing insights on the market that may guide the future development roadmap.

With 24 participants, Board members need to be able to listen well, ask questions to understand points of view, and then collaborate on solutions to ensure that the important work of the Board gets done.


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


Promoting and supporting adoption of OpenStack by service providers, enterprises, and research institutions globally.