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Individual Member Profile


Simon Anderson

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

Akanda, Inc. From 2014-10-29 (Current)
Inktank From 2011-12-28 To 2014-04-30
DreamHost From 2011-06-22 To 2015-11-25
Statement of Interest

Simon has been a major supporter and promoter of OpenStack since 2011 as a founding member, Board member and as CEO of DreamHost, and Co-founder of Inktank and Akanda.


Simon is the former CEO of DreamHost, and a founding member and Board member of the OpenStack Foundation. Simon has Chaired the Gold Member Committee and been a member of the Finance Committee, DefCore Committee and Product Working Group of the Foundation.

During Simon's tenure as CEO from 2011-2015, DreamHost has been a major contributor of code, governance and community to OpenStack. DreamHost launched DreamCompute, a public cloud computing service powered by OpenStack, Ceph and Astara in 2013.

Simon is currently Co-founder and Chair of Akanda, the major developer and supporter of the OpenStack project Astara, a network services orchestration platform for OpenStack clouds.

Simon was Co-founder and Chair of Inktank, the company behind the Ceph storage system, acquired by Red Hat in April 2014. 




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


Simon is a candidate in the 2016 Board Election .

Simon has been nominated enough times to appear on the election ballot. You can read the answers Simon gave to the election questions below.


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?


As CEO of DreamHost in 2011, prior to the Foundation being formed, I backed OpenStack with a commitment to developing code and engaging in discussions on early adoption strategy. I worked closely with Rackspace team members to help form the OpenStack Foundation and define the governance frameworks that makes OpenStack such a vibrant community today. As a founding Gold member Board member from 2011-2015, I was part of many instrumental decisions and programs that expanded the relevance and ubiquity of OpenStack and its community. 

OpenStack is a unique and powerful engine for the open cloud. The community is innovating as much as the software is disrupting. It is a very important platform that enables choice and rapid evolution of IT that will empower companies, applications and people for generations to come.


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?


In addition to the OpenStack Foundation Board, I serve on the Board of the Museum of Science Fiction in D.C., the ThursdayNights Board in LA, and the Australian National University USA Foundation Board.

I always engage openly and authentically with these organization's communities and Board members to hear issues and challenges, agree solutions and move ahead with decisions. I focus on getting to consensus, but am also prepared to bring discussions to a decision point so everyone can move forward.


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


The Board plays an important role in binding the community together through good governance, consistent promotion, and thoughtful strategy for the OpenStack project. The Board also engages the IT community and brings new major companies and startups to participate in OpenStack. 


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2016?


Continuing to expand and support the internationalization of OpenStack; supporting the technical community to build out an application ecosystem; providing input to product strategy and priorities through the Product Working Group.

Simon has already been nominated by:

  • Kavit Munshi
  • Mark McLoughlin
  • Mark McClain
  • Todd Moore
  • John Zannos
  • Kiran Murari
  • Henrik Rosendahl
  • Egle Sigler
  • Jonathan LaCour
  • Tim Bell


Nominations are open for the 2016 Board Election.

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