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Rob Hirschfeld

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

Dell From 2009-12-15 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Leading the "What is Core" Definition Process




Currently on the Board, I've been driving the Core Definition Process.

I have been involved in Cloud for over 14 years and launched some of the earliest Cloud companies.  My educational background (Duke and LSU) is in computer science and systems engineering with a focus on distributed systems.  I have always found deployment to be vitally important in developments - that lead me to found a SaaS start-up in 1999 and had made me a DevOps advocate.  In addition to core cloud technologies, I am an Agile/Lean/TDD process evangelist who strongly believes that how you build and deliver is just as important as what you deliver.

Professionally, I am a Sr Distinguished Engineer at Dell leading our OpenStack Cloud project ( and also a founder of the Crowbar project (  In that role, I am in constant contact with OpenStack users, ecosystem developers and vendors world-wide; consequently, I have a very broad perspective on use and technical needs for OpenStack and related Cloud technologies.

You can get a much better perspective on me and my position on OpenStack by visiting



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Horizon,Cinder,Openstack-ci,Deployment



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