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Individual Member Profile

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Robert Esker


Date Joined
August 02, 2012

Affiliations
NetApp From 2013-09-30 (Current)
Statement of Interest

development, deployment


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Bio

Rob's been involved in the OpenStack community dating to its origin in 2010. He founded NetApp’s OpenStack effort and presently serves as a member of the foundation's Board of Directors. He's contributed to the community and overall adoption of OpenStack in capacities ranging from having co-founded the Manila project, architected the earliest OpenStack on NetApp deployments, frequently speaking at design summits, conferences and user groups (over 5 continents), and he still dabbles as an occasional ATC.   His tenure at NetApp has spanned from co-founder of NetApp’s field cloud architecture team, to currently leading product management & strategy for OpenStack and related technologies.


Prior to NetApp, Rob was at Apple from 1998-2006.  He served in a variety of roles including as Technical Attaché to the CEO and the Board of Directors reporting directly to Steve Jobs. He’s a former U.S. Marine, and resides in Austin, Texas with his wife & two daughters.

 


Projects

I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Swift,Glance,Keystone,Horizon,Quantum,Cinder,Ceilometer,Heat,Trove,Ironic,Queue,DataProcessing,Oslo,Openstack-ci,Openstack-manuals,QA,Deployment,Release

 

Robert is a candidate in the 2016 Board Election .


Q

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?

A

I've been involved in the OpenStack community dating to its origin in 2010. I founded NetApp’s OpenStack effort and presently serves as a member of the foundation's Board of Directors. I've contributed to the community and overall adoption of OpenStack in capacities ranging from having co-founded the Manila project, architected the earliest OpenStack on NetApp deployments, frequently speaking at design summits, conferences and user groups (over 5 continents), and still dabbles as an occasional ATC. 

Q

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?

A

I've had the pleasure and honor of serving on the OpenStack Foundation Board this past year and am also an active contributor to a variety of non-tech related non-profits.

Q

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

A

I believe the OpenStack Foundation Board of Director is responsible for the ultimate success / failure of the whole of the effort.  They must act to safeguard a healthy development community and in this coming year move so significantly expand upon adoption.

Q

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

A

The OpenStack community has flourished in many ways during it's 5 years, but still needs focus to achieve its potential.  Among the areas the Board needs to concentrate effort:

1) Collaboration with the Technical & User Comittees to drive towards a more consumable and consistent deployer and end user experience.

2) Retention of the innovation mantle.

3) Interoperability among OpenStack clouds (continuance of the DefCore momentum)

4) Establishment and ongoing cultivation of a long-term vision.  The collective amount of investment in time and resource in OpenStack to date demands a healthy and sustainable community going forward.