Co-Founder of an OpenStack focused company
Boris is the co-founder and CMO at Mirantis. Operationally responsible for Mirantis’ marketing strategy, Boris acts as a spokesperson for the company and is Mirantis’ public face in the OpenStack community. Boris' influence was instrumental in Mirantis' current focus on OpenStack.
In his role, Boris works to ensure that Mirantis’ marketing efforts don’t just promote the Mirantis brand, but also help further global awareness of the OpenStack community. To that effect, Mirantis is a regular sponsor of OpenStack summits, promotes OpenStack at unaffiliated trade shows such as Cloud Connect and OSCON, and helps run regional communities in the Bay Area, Russia, and Ukraine.
Boris continuously helps evangelize the OpenStack community by regularly blogging about it (mirantis.com/blog), talking on behalf of the community at various conferences, and engaging in business development activities to attract new member companies and contributors.
During 15 years of his professional career, Boris held several executive positions with technology companies he helped establish. He was a founder and CEO of Selectosa Systems, an IT consulting company which was subsequently acquired in 2006; and is a co-founder and angel investor at AGroup.lv, now a venture-backed enterprise software company headquartered in Europe.
The company I helped establish, Mirantis, is exclusively dedicated to helping customers around the world become successful with OpenStack. With over 800 people on our team and 200+ active customers we are, arguably, the largest independent OpenStack vendor on the market today.
We live and die by OpenStack.
Aside from helping many of the largest enterprises adopt OpenStack, we've also historically been one of the top contributors to OpenStack projects upstream.
I've been on the OpenStack board since it was originally established. It is the only nonprofit board that I am on today.
Aside from providing general governance oversight over budgets, foundation staff goals, the OpenStack trademark etc., I see the OpenStack board as a powerful vehicle for crisply defining the OpenStack value proposition and evangelizing it throughout the infrastructure industry. Today's board consists of many influential individuals in the infrastructure space. The role of every individual on the board must be to educate the infrastructure ecosystem on what OpenStack is and why it is disruptive.
The top priority for both the foundation and the board in 2016 should be to ensure that OpenStack starts establishing a "developer story." OpenStack, historically, has been all about the needs of systems administrators and deeply focused on infrastructure. At the same time, it is clear that the power in the space is shifting towards the developer community. Developer tooling, containers etc. is where the world is going. To remain significant in this world, OpenStack can't be just a me-too to Amazon or VMware, but needs to evolve to make itself relevant to the developer community. If the foundation and the board fail to address this, OpenStack will be dead.
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