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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 Cloud.com / 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. I now spend my time helping companies join, engage and grow in the OpenStack ecosystem.


Prior to my roles in Canonical I spent time as a VP & Chief Evangelist for Cloud.com, 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 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 spent my time growing the installed base of production OpenStack deployments globally. With Canonical I lead the team building at major telco's and enterprises worldwide. I have spent my time growing the penetration of OpenStack in the telco space around implementation use cases such as NFV and public clouds. 


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 served on many corporate boards and also on the OpenStack Foundation Board during its formation and initial founding.


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


I think the Board has the obligation to protect OpenStack from exploitation, enabling growth of the installed base of users and contributors and supporting the community. 


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


I believe the board needs to be focused on making sure OpenStack becomes a de facto standard in the industry. The cloud platform war is now over, it's time to focus our efforts on making a stable and reproducible OpenStack experience that can be enjoyed by all users. I think its also worthwhile to make sure we keep focus on growing the use cases of OpenStack beyond those that are profitable for the foundation Platinum and Gold members. Its time to build a platform that can power Public Cloud, NFV AND Private Cloud implementations.

Kyle has already been nominated by:

  • Bob Sokol
  • Eli Iwaszewicz
  • Chris Kemp
  • Gary Butler
  • Joshua McKenty
  • Dave Wright
  • Jonathan LaCour
  • Jim Curry
  • Ryan Floyd
  • Dan Wendlandt