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arkady kanevsky

Date Joined
February 21, 2013

Dell EMC From 2016-09-16 (Current)
Dell From (Current)
Statement of Interest

crowbar, cinder, ironic, tripleO, neutron, nova, keystone, glance




Arkady has been a member of OpenStack since Grizzly. He is director of engineering leading a team of developers responsible for development of Dell OpenStack solutions.  Arkady has PhD. in CS from UIUC.  He straddled academic, research, architect, developer, and product owner roles.  Arkady roles included  but not limited to, research publications and Program committee member for various conferences like FAST (, Chair or board member  of several standard activities, like DAT (,  OpenFabric ( and MPI-RT ( to product delivery, like EMC Atmos, Dell OpenStack solutions among others.


Arkady is passionate advocate of OpenStack and making its usage easier for users and administrators. He concentrates efforts of his team on extending OpenStack capabilities for enterprise use cases, from automatic deployment, and robustness, to HA, upgrade, extensibility and validation.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Glance,Quantum,Cinder,Ironic,QA,Deployment


arkady 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 have been leading team working on openstack team for 2 years and my future is tied to OpenSTack one. My goal is to drive openstack adoption and make it easier for Operators and Users to integrate into their data centers. To that end I had participated in many projects having biggest impact on product WG, cinder, and tempest. My team drove Tempest toward validation suite for the field and ensuring that it can be run multiple times, cleans after itself, and ready to support refstack in customer environments. My goal is to make OpenStack targeted for multiple IaaS environments, from Enterprise, to NFV, to PaaS and other workloads.


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 run Dat Collaboartive and then successfully transitioned it into OFA( where I have been on the board of directors and organized from scratch. I have on IBTA board and was a co-chair of MPI/RT. In all of these I was driving ease of use, simplcity of adoptions and interoperability.


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


Board main role is create an environment for consisty for both developers and users. As OpenStack becomes widely adapted the emphasis is shifting to maturity of code base, ease of maintenance and operating of openstack, security, and adaptability for different use cases. 


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


Balance between new projects and features and stavlity and dependability for existing users.

arkady has already been nominated by:

  • Anni Lai
  • Nicolas Barcet
  • Sean Cohen
  • Mark McLoughlin