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Individual Member Profile


Simon Anderson

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

Akanda, Inc. From 2014-10-29 (Current)
DreamHost From 2011-06-22 (Current)
Inktank From 2011-12-28 To 2014-04-30
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 Chair of Akanda, Inc. Simon was also Co-founder and Chair of Inktank Storage, Inc., acquired by Red Hat in April 2014. 

DreamHost has been a major contributor to the OpenStack software and community since 2011. DreamHost has launched DreamCompute, a public cloud computing service powered by OpenStack, Ceph and Akanda. 



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


Simon 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?


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 Platinum or Gold Membership, and is a member of the Compensation Committee and Elections committee.


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 is on the board of the Museum of Science Fiction planned for D.C., the ANU Foundation, and ThursdayNights (a tech community in California). I believe non profit Boards need strong communication and collaboration to prosper and drive their vision to reality.


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


The Board's primary role is governance and stewardship of the OpenStack project to promote OpenStack as the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform. I have been a thoughtful and active participant on the Board in growing the global community of contributors and companies in the OpenStack ecosystem, plus working with other Board members to navigate complex issues like the definition of OpenStack core and trade mark policy.


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


Completing the DefCore work, and continuing to assist the technical community to bring focus and velocity to OpenStack development, for the benefit of all.