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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 the strategic Cloud infrastructure operating system.


Steve leads Symantec’s Cloud Platform Engineering (CPE) organization, 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, and he has been Gold level Director since Jan 2015.

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 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 believe in open accountability, setting goals and a vision for our future, then working diligently to achieve and course correct, while working to anticipate opportunities, and always to empower the community to achieve meaningful feature velocity, with enterprise quality.


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?


In addition to working with OpenStack for the last four years, I am newly participating with the Linux Foundation and the Open Containers Initiative.


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


The Board should be about enabling the frictionless collaboration with the widest possible participation, to ensure our diversity, our continuing relevance, leading from the front, and establishing the best practice patterns that our community and users expect.


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


I believe a top priority of the OpenStack Board for next year is clearly defining our 2~5 year vision and goals, soliciting the feedback from our community on not just what they need today, but truly where we are headed, where we could be headed, and where we should be focused. I also believe that my participation comes with an expectation of active commitment and participation, leaning into the conversation.