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Nick (Nicolas) Barcet

Date Joined
July 30, 2012

eNovance From 2013-03-22 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Enabling OpenStack deployments and measurements. Ceilometer rtw!




Nick has joined eNovance, an OpenStack Foundation Gold member, in december 2012 as VP of Products. He was elected by the college of Gold members members to represent them on Board of Directors in 2013.

Nick founded the Ceilometer project at the Folsom summit in April 2012 to handle centralized metering on OpenStack, and has been project leading it for its first year and until it was integrated by OpenStack's technical comitee.  To see more about his thoughts and involvement: 

- Blog in Wired with wishes for OpenStack in 2014:

- "A view from the Board" slides:

Nick has been involved in Open Source since 2000 working with Novell, Intel and Canonical in various technical and product management roles.

Nick is a french citizen residing in Paris, France and is 45 years old.



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


Nick (Nicolas) 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 involved with OpenStack since the Austin design summit in July 2010 and consider to be one of the many early believer in OpenStack. As VP Products at eNovance, OpenStack is the key element of our "Make Your Cloud" integration offering, and the success of eNovance is directly linked to OpenStack's success. On a daily basis, eNovance's product owners and customers define new stories which are implemented by our developers.  As we have a 100% open source commitment, this directly translates into features, bug fixes, documentation, test cases, etc in all core projects and programs of OpenStack.

I used to consider that Ceilometer's integration was my biggest contribution to OpenStack, but after a year at eNovance, I thnk that our team joint effort in terms of contributions now outweights this completely, and I am proud to be part of it at least as an enabler.


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?


I have served as an officer to multiple non profits since I was 16 years old (VP of Assocation des Micro Serveurs), have held I think most possible positions from president, to treasurer and secretary.  Even thought most of this experience is based on french non profit, my more recent experience as board member of Upstream University, Open Cloud Initiative and OpenStack Foundation these past few years have helped me breach the gap between those.


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


I think I have expressed this in more details in the presentation I did a few times these past few months "A view from the Board" (, but to summarize:

- Help spread the OpenStack adoption beyond its current public

- Help protect the OpenStack brand and values

- Orient the Foundation toward the most pressing priorities

- Maintain a state of the project's union by piloting the governance

- Define more precisely what OpenStack stands for and is

- Support the deevlopment of the platform by helping maintain a vibrant ecosystem



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


- Complete the definition of what is an OpenStack project, program, distribution or cloud

- Help improve our laws and bylaws to ensure our community strives and remains manageable

- Help expand our success and capabilities in a sane and collaborative manner

Nick (Nicolas) has already been nominated by:

  • Joseph George
  • Jack mac
  • David Cahill
  • John Griffith
  • Rob Hirschfeld
  • Bruno Seznec
  • Gary Butler
  • Yujie Du
  • Emmet Hikory
  • Alexis Monville