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Andy (termie) Smith

Date Joined
July 18, 2012

Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. From 2013-03-01 (Current)
Nebula From 2012-07-01 To 2013-03-01
Rackspace From 2011-01-01 To 2012-07-01
Statement of Interest

immediate domination




Hi, I'm Termie, you may remember me from the early days of Nova (now Nova, Cinder, Neutron...), OpenStack-Dashboard (now Horizon), Keystone-Lite (now Keystone). I'm one of the guys who helped start this Openstack thing. 

I'm a programmer with a bunch of experience in a bunch of areas. I am well-respected for my opinions on most things technical, though sometimes you may get tired of hearing them. I am generally outspoken.

I've had a string of successes based on my work (and obviously the work of others), of which OpenStack is the latest, and I want to see it through to ever more greatness.

I am a radical stickler for code quality, I've introduced code review to many teams and projects, driven test framework usage and development, and I believe a clean and well-organized codebase is a prerequisite for longevity of a project.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Glance,Keystone,Horizon,Cinder,Oslo,Openstack-ci,Openstack-manuals,DevStack


Andy (termie) 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've been with OpenStack since before its inception, working on the Anso Labs team that created Nova, and with Rackspace and their Swift team to build OpenStack. Since then I have worked for Rackspace, Nebula, and Piston Cloud, three companies basing large products on OpenStack.

My biggest contributions to OpenStack's success after inception have been code quality improvements through the significant refactorings and the design and creation of fundamental systems upon which much of the OpenStack code is based.


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 they are not non-profits, I have been an organizer of multiple conferences, the most well known of which is probably BarCamp, and was a founding author of OAuth.

In all these situations I worked with people from a variety of backgrounds to find compromise and solutions.


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


OpenStack needs a board that is aware of the challenges faced both by external entities developing systems based on OpenStack and by the internal entities tasked with managing an ever-growing codebase. Strong business knowledge with one foot placed on a strong technical foundation.

The board must make sure OpenStack has the opportunity to thrive by removing obstacles to business and development.


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


OpenStack is hitting peak hype right now, it is time to deliver on our promises to make sure that people coming to OpenStack stay with OpenStack.

The board should be smoothing the path for success of any programs that lead to improving the usability and user experience of OpenStack.

Andy (termie) has already been nominated by:

  • Sina Sadeghi
  • Tristan Goode
  • Joshua McKenty
  • David Lenwell
  • Christopher MacGown
  • Jesse Proudman
  • Pete Cheslock
  • Troy Toman
  • Nathanael Burton
  • Forrest Carpenter