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ken pepple


Kenneth Pepple

Date Joined
July 27, 2012

Solinea From 2013-02-25 (Current)
Statement of Interest

I contribute code and documentation to the project as well as architecting implementations




Ken is the co-founder and CTO of Solinea, a leading software and services provider enabling enterprises and service providers to accelerate the adoption of OpenStack clouds. Prior to Solinea, Ken was Cloud Technology Partners’ (CloudTP) Vice President for their OpenStack Practice, where he led the company’s cloud infrastructure consulting efforts. Before that, Ken was Director of Cloud Development at Internap Network Services. Under his leadership, Internap developed and introduced a portfolio of public cloud services, including the world’s first public compute service based on OpenStack.


Ken and the Solinea team have worked on some of the largest OpenStack deployments worldwide. These solutions, have  included deployment of all OpenStack components, Nova, Swift, keystone, etc. In addition these projects included integration with OSS / BSS systems as well, not OpenStack in isolation. This diverse set of projects have provided Ken a wide ranging view of many solutions in the OpenStack ecosystem. From the OpenStack distributions to the add on tools, Ken’s real world customer centric experience will be a great asset to his time working for the foundation.


Prior to joining the OpenStack community, Ken spent thirteen years at Sun Microsystems where he served in a variety of diverse roles including Principal Engineer for their Asia Pacific Professional Services organization and Technical Director for its Global Servers and Storage line of business. This diverse experience is what lead Ken to OpenStack when the project started in 2010. Ken’s technical contributions to the OpenStack project speak for themselves, from code commits to Summit speaking engagements. Ken has been and continues to be a vocal supporter of the entire community.


In addition to Ken’s project work, he has also authored or co-authored several books. His latest is “Deploying OpenStack” (O’Reilly Media, Inc., 2013). Ken also maintains a blog at on cloud computing technology.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Swift,Glance,Keystone,Cinder,Openstack-manuals


Kenneth 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?


I have been working exclusively on OpenStack since January of 2011 ("Bexar") when I made my first code contributions. I see OpenStack as an important counter-weight to the increasingly proprietary, closed and anti-open “standard” clouds currently being sold and operated.

I would say my contributions to OpenStack's success would be in the area of end user implementations and evangelism. I have been directly involved in many OpenStack clouds (including some of the first) and I have written extensively about it, contributing back the writing in blogs, books and OpenStack documentation.


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?



While in my recent career history I have not served on the board of a non-profit, I do however, have extensive experience managing several boards both within the corporations where I have been employed. Additionally I have managed groups within in the larger public technical communities.


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



I see the board's role as steering and promoting OpenStack's growth. This is pivotal to the continued success of the OpenStack project. While the growth to date has been tremendous, keeping pace with the growing community and install base, will be critical for OpenStack to continue its rise as we enter the enterprise with our tool set.


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



I believe that board's top priority in 2014 should be the same as in every year: promoting the well-being of it's user and developer community. More specifically, I think the board plays a pivotal role ensuring OpenStack user requirements are being matched to the Foundation's strategic objectives. OpenStack would not be where it is today without this focus from the foundation. Our community has been thriving with open and cooperative dialogues. Maintaining this at scale should be a top priority for the board in 2014, and is a key success factor in the continued growth of the project.

Kenneth has already been nominated by:

  • Jack mac
  • John Stanford
  • Seth Fox
  • David Cahill
  • John Griffith
  • Robert Cathey
  • Brad Vaughan
  • Azmir Mohamed
  • Jaesuk Ahn
  • Francesco Paola