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Colin McNamara

Date Joined
July 29, 2012

Nexus IS From (Current)
Statement of Interest

Development of full featured Cloud platforms for the consumption of Enterprise, Commercial AND Service Providers. cloud




My name is Colin McNamara. I work  as the Chief Cloud Architect for a Nexus IS, a systems integrator based in Silicon Valley I manage our Cloud and SDN development teams, as well as Open Source contributions from an engineering organization of more then 300 engineers.

I have been been involved with Open Source since 1998 when I switched all of my web servers at my former ISP to Linux. Since then I have been involved with, evengelized and/or contributed to many open source projects including Netsaint/Nagios, Cacti, Ubuntu, Golden Cheetah and more.

It is my belief that Open Source platforms, and the people that create / use them have been the fuel that the fire os Silicon Valley is based on. Support and growth of these people and platforms are key to the future of the Valley, the products we create, and the people that create them.

Much of the discussion is about what  I can do and want to do for OpenStack. But it is important to consider what I have been doing. Over the past year or so I have been doing the following -

Right now I am an OpenStack Ambassador, as wel as an active member of the community. I wish to contribute more. I believe that Open Software and Standards are key to our technology industry being successful in the long run. The success of OpenStack and the OpenStack Foundation is key to making that happen.

I am doing what I can as an individual member of the foundation, as well as a leader in my own business to make this happen.

My thoughts on this and many other things can be found at

I can be found on twitter at @colinmcnamara



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Horizon,Quantum,Cinder,Openstack-manuals


Colin 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?


1. I am an OpenStack ATC, with contributions to Folsom, Grizzly and Havana though I feel my most impactful contributions have been in the community not the code base.

2. I am active in SFbay OpenStack meetup group that Sean Roberts leads.

3.I have helped three OpenStack meetup groups get off the ground (Denver, Minneapolis, and RTP) and am in progress of getting a fourth one started in Alpharetta.

4. In two of those groups, Denver and Minn, I have flown out to give the initial talk for the kickoff meetup.

5. I developed and delivered multiple OpenStack presentation decks educating and enabling the community. Including "Surviving your first commit" which was delivered at the San Diego summit (and many users groups and events) and most recently "OpenStack for VMware admins" delivered at the #vBrownBag hall at VMworld San Francisco.

6. I've helped multiple storage Vendors understand the why and how to develop and release integrations into Cinder.

7. Sean Roberts and I are the founding members of the training-manuals blueprint in OpenStack-Manuals. I have been focused on increasing core and community members, getting the CI system integrated, and ScrumBan (Project Management)

8. I've increased visibility and understanding of OpenStack through social media and my blog -

9. I've volunteered at the OpenStack booth at multiple conferences.

10. Most importantly of all, I've had the pleasure of helping others join the community and get their first contribution in to OpenStack.


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?


The non profits that I am active and supporting are

1. Silicon Valley Food Bank

2. St Baldricks

I am a member of the following working groups and boards

1. Entertainment Technology Council (working group in the National Assation of broadcasters



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


The board has served multiple key purposes, but fundementally a seperate group of individuals focused on all the items that surround, but are no technical direction of OpenStack has been key to the projects success. The ability to create and sustain a successful govenernance model has been key to the success of the growth and success of the project so far.


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


Last time I checked, 92% of contributions to OpenStack are from corporate contributors. As we grow and marture as a project, I believe that we have to increase the individual and educational contributions to OpenStack. The board has a key role in achieving this goal.

Colin has already been nominated by:

  • Tristan Goode
  • Jesse Proudman
  • Steve Rogers
  • Mark Collier
  • Sajid Akhtar
  • Shannon McFarland
  • Cody Bunch
  • Tyler Britten
  • Mike Outland
  • Nermina Miller