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Sean Winn

Date Joined
February 21, 2013

EMC Corporation From 2014-10-15 (Current)
Cloudscaling From 2013-07-12 To 2014-10-15
Statement of Interest

Focused on the areas of orchestration of large openstack environments, quantum networking, software defined networking development


I'm a cloud delivery specialistwith EMC who loves helping businesses transform through the adoption of technology and process.
I've been involvedwith OpenStack since the Essex release but have been working in the IT industry for more than 20 years. My goal is to see OpenStack become the platform of choice for IaaS in organizations of all types and sizes, worldwide.  We've come a long way, but there's still a lot more ground to cover.
I am very active within a number of community workgroups focused on training, adoption and cross-project coordination.  You can often find me on IRC helping people in #openstack and at local events in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Swift,Glance,Keystone,Horizon,Quantum,Cinder,Heat,Ironic,Openstack-ci,Openstack-manuals,Deployment,Release


Sean 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?


In addition to my work with EMC, I am also very actively involved in the Bay Area OpenStack community where I have heped to organize and deliver community driven training materials and programs through the OpenStack documentation site.  In addition to my local community involvement, I have also worked with a group of authors to produce the OpenStack Architecture Design Guide and have also worked to provide technical review on the OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook, 2nd edition.

I believe that the success of OpenStack is tied directly to innovation and embracing OpenStack, along with the business process transformation that goes hand in hand with the infrastructure, can help businesses truly drive innovation, increase market capitalization, and allow them to provide services to their customers at a much faster rate of delivery, with the highest possible accuracy and the least amount of complexity. Helping businesses to achieve this real transformation is what most excites me about OpenStack. It's much more than just a technological breakthrough.


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?


The experiences that I feel best prepare me for this role are mostly related to the soft skillsets that are easily transferred from one role to the next. While I do not have direct experience with non-profit organizations or as a board member, I feel that my professional attitude and sincere desire to foster adoption of OpenStack will help me to perform my duties with enthusiasm. I am a true champion for OpenStack and hope to be able to add more to the adoption of OpenStack in more IT organizations, service providers and the like.


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


The board has been crucuial to the success of OpenStack as they guide the Foundation and provide oversight with regard to strategy and finances. I feel that the board ties in closely with all facets that look to consume or leverage OpenStack in order to provide guidance and direction while also encouraging companies to adopt the technology and become champions for it.


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


The top priority for 2015 should be to foster more enterprise adoption, encourage more user and operator involvement and to provide further guidance about how cloud technologies and the user/developer community can work together to allow for even more adoption of OpenStack into organizations.  With the growing number of loosely coupled projects tied to OpenStack and the further development of DefCore, I believe that the projects need more ways to work together in order to deliver true solutions (OpenStack Product Managers).  Related to this, operators and users need to be encouraged to get more involved so that the end result (code) has more input from those who will use the technology in the early stages.

Sean has already been nominated by:

  • David Scott
  • Abhishek Chanda
  • Alexandre Levine
  • Stephen Gordon
  • Mariano Iumiento
  • Aaron Dumbrow
  • Tamara Johnston
  • Randy Bias
  • Rafael Rivero
  • Sean Williford