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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 was on the OpenStack Technical Committee from Fall 2012 until Fall 2016 and served on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors from January 2015 to June 2016.  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 2016 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 work on OpenStack and related technology full time for Red Hat.  I have been involved in OpenStack since late 2011 and have contributed extensively to the technical community.  I bring my deep knowledge of the technical community and open source communities in general to the board.  I feel that I bring a strong community perspective to issues that the board is facing.


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 been on the board of directors for the OpenStack Foundation since January 2015.  I have not served on another non-profit board.


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


While the code and technical community is critically important, there is a lot more to OpenStack's success that the OpenStack Foundation leads with the help of the board.  The board helps guide the foundation and also discusses several issues ensuring a healthy commercial ecosystem.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2016?


OpenStack has matured quite a bit over its lifetime and is now being widely adopted.  We should continue to search out any barriers for adoption that are appropriate for the board to address and work on them.  We should also be looking for opportunities for collaboration with other communities or foundations that are important to OpenStack's success.

Russell has already been nominated by:

  • Dave Neary
  • Mark McLoughlin
  • Sean Dague
  • Thierry Carrez
  • Jack Mac
  • Alvaro Lopez Garcia
  • Chris Dent
  • Nicolas Barcet
  • Doug Hellmann
  • Stephen Gordon