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Individual Member Profile



Kyle MacDonald

Date Joined
September 09, 2012

None From 2014-01-11 (Current)
Canonical From 2011-10-01 To 2013-11-04
Statement of Interest

Spreading OpenStack to every continent I can find




I have worked and supported OpenStack for almost 4 years (being at the original design summit in Austin) across a number of different companies and organizations including / Nibula and Canonical. In my last role as Vice President of Cloud at Ubuntu / Canonical I focused exclusively on helping Carriers & Telco's grow implemetations on OpenStack from POC to Production Implementations. 


Prior to my roles in Canonical I spent time as a VP & Chief Evangelist for, Director of the Cloud/Web2.0 & Next Generation Service Provider group at Sun Microsystems and in the Office of the CTO at AMD.




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


Kyle is a candidate in the 2014 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 consider my role around OpenStack to be one of evangelism and support. I have been involved in most of the OpenStack events, conferences and user groups wordwide (including speaking live and in-person at many of them). I count much of the community as personal friends and I care about bringing companies and indivudals into OpenStack so that we can collectively make a difference. My biggest contribution to OpenStack has been in bringing new members into the community and making them welcome.


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 spent time as a board member of OpenStack as well as leading the non-profit Teens in Tech and a number of other charities.


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


The Board of Directors is repsonisble for maintaining & growing OpenStack's momentum. The most important role the board can fill right now is being great evangelists and helping to consolidate the user community feedback into the project. 


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


The board needs to focus on how to effectively grow the strategy of OpenStack. There is vast under represenation of public cloud efforts within OpenStack (not only companies not building Public Clouds but also no companies building public cloud solutions). A focus on balancing out the companies building public cloud solutions is required to help OpenStack grow effectively.


I think this is also the year to help bring some new ecosystems into OpenStack (think above the cloud workloads). 

Finally, I think the board needs to invest in making sure they reach out to end-users and the user group communities and become visible. It is critical that the community see the Board of Directors in the correct light and that we use presence and accesbility to remove concerns

Kyle has already been nominated by:

  • Chad Arimura
  • Evan Shaw
  • Ray Nugent
  • Brian Jawalka
  • Gary Butler
  • Shari Mahrdt
  • Bradford Stephens
  • Jaesuk Ahn
  • kevin Huang
  • Yujie Du