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Individual Member Profile


Steven Hallett

Date Joined
August 09, 2012

Symantec From 2013-10-01 (Current)
X.commerce, Inc. From 2012-01-01 To 2013-08-31
Statement of Interest

I have a strong interest in the success of OpenStack, as our strategic Cloud infrastructure operating system.


Steve leads infrastructure and platform development for Symantec’s new Cloud Platform Engineering (CPE) group. Symantec's CPE group is chartered with building and running essential platform and infrastructure services for next generation Symantec products and services.

Steve has extensive and broad-based technology development, operations, and business management experience. He has been featured for leadership in OpenStack operational computing, and as an advocate of the advantages of cloud computing as integral to accelerating internal innovation. Steve has been part of the OpenStack community since Diablo and was part of the team that took Essex into production.

Steve is a strong proponent of opensource as pivotal in transforming an engineering culture; that the benefits of merit-based, transparent, and peer-reviewed designs and code is where true innovation occurs.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Quantum,Openstack-manuals,Deployment


Steven 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 a user of OpenStack since Diablo, back from my time at eBay / xCommerce. I understand what it means to take workloads into production, and to be responsible for the production live-site. I also understand the importance of trade-offs to achieve a balance between good-enough minimal viable platform with the must-have features and capabilities, that without such keep a system from achieving the load, scale, and performance that was the initial promise at inception.


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 serve as a member of the OpenContrail Advisory Board, as well as the HortonWorks Customer Advisory Board. I bring to the conversation significant user experience focusing on the realities, challenges, and opportunities to increase adoption and customer success.


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


The OpenStack Foundation Board is integral to the success of OpenStack. It is a voice of thought leadership within the cloud community. It is a source of mentorship to the OpenStack community. It moderates and provides focus for the benefit of community members. And it has the responsibility of navigating a rapidly evolving technology ecosystem to land OpenStack as the key Enterprise Cloud Platform.


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


Now is the time to pivot, leveraging the last 4 years of rapid growth and feature development, and accelerate the adoption of OpenStack within the Enterprise. This requires more attention on implementation, repeatability, automation, scale, scale, scale.