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Individual Member Profile


Russell Bryant

Date Joined
July 20, 2012

Red Hat From 2011-08-01 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Contributor and Elected Member of the OpenStack Technical Committee




Russell is a Senior Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat, Inc.  He is on the OpenStack Technical Committee (since Fall 2012) and the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors (since January 2015).  Russell has been contributing to the development of OpenStack since the Fall of 2011.  His most significant contributions around OpenStack have been to Nova and most recently Neutron and OVN.

Prior to working for Red Hat, Russell spent 7 years (2004 - 2011) working for Digium on the Asterisk project. In the later years, Russell was the leader of the Asterisk project as well as the Engineering Manager for Asterisk development at Digium.

Russell is also a published author.  Russell co-authored "Asterisk: The Definitive Guide" and "Asterisk Cookbook", published by O'Reilly Media.  He also contributed a chapter on Asterisk to the book "Architecture of Open Source Applications".

Russell graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering in the Fall of 2006.  He currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Quantum,Oslo,Openstack-ci,Release


Russell is a candidate in the 2015 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 deeply involved in the development of OpenStack for the last 3 years.  My biggest contributions to OpenStack have been both technical and leadership contributions in the development community.  


I am also exposed to the business side of OpenStack via my job at Red Hat.  I work with many partners and customers to help them be successful with OpenStack.  This helps give me more perspective on what OpenStack needs to be successful for enterprises, telcos, and more.


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 not served as a board member for a non-profit.  However, my career has been based on open source software in a business environment, which gives me a lot of interesting perspectives on what the OpenStack Foundation can do to help ensure the success of OpenStack.


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


The OpenStack Foundation plays a critical role in the success of OpenStack.  While the Technical Committee provides technical guidance and oversight for the project, much more is needed for OpenStack to be successful.  The board must work with the foundation by providing guidance and direction for all things needed for OpenStack to have a healthy commercial ecosystem.


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


There has been increasing collaboration between the OpenStack board and the Technical Committee.  This includes in person meetings at OpenStack summits, as well as collaboration in between.  I'd like to continue to find ways where it makes sense for the two groups to collaborate.

There has been very good progress in the DefCore effort in the last year.  I think the board needs to keep pushing on this to work with the foundation to complete a set of trademark programs that better support the current OpenStack commercial ecosystem.

Finally, the board should continue to take in input for all aspects of the OpenStack community to identify barriers to OpenStack adoption and growth and work to find resources to reduce those barriers.

Russell has already been nominated by:

  • Flavio Percoco
  • Mark McLoughlin
  • Zane Bitter
  • Victoria Martínez de la Cruz
  • Randy Bias
  • Felipe Reyes
  • Stephen Gordon
  • Kyle Mestery
  • Emilien Macchi
  • Adam Lawson