The candidates on this list are the intended Gold Directors from the Gold Member companies who are running for election as Gold Director Selectors.
Simon is the former CEO of DreamHost, and a founding member and Board member of the OpenStack Foundation. Simon has Chaired the Gold Member Committee and been a member of the Finance Committee, DefCore Committee and Product Working Group of the Foundation.
During Simon's tenure as CEO from 2011-2015, DreamHost has been a major contributor of code, governance and community to OpenStack. DreamHost launched DreamCompute, a public cloud computing service powered by OpenStack, Ceph and Astara in 2013.
Simon is currently Co-founder and Chair of Akanda, the major developer and supporter of the OpenStack project Astara, a network services orchestration platform for OpenStack clouds.
Simon was Co-founder and Chair of Inktank, the company behind the Ceph storage system, acquired by Red Hat in April 2014.
Nick has joined eNovance, an OpenStack Foundation Gold member, in december 2012 as VP of Products. He was elected by the college of Gold members members to represent them on Board of Directors in 2013.
Nick founded the Ceilometer project at the Folsom summit in April 2012 to handle centralized metering on OpenStack, and has been project leading it for its first year and until it was integrated by OpenStack's technical comitee. To see more about his thoughts and involvement:
- Blog in Wired with wishes for OpenStack in 2014: http://insights.wired.com/profiles/blogs/great-expectations-2014-and-the-year-of-openstack-adoption
- "A view from the Board" slides: http://www.slideshare.net/NicolasBarcet/presentations
Nick has been involved in Open Source since 2000 working with Novell, Intel and Canonical in various technical and product management roles.
Nick is a french citizen residing in Paris, France and is 45 years old.
John Igoe, Executive Director of Cloud and Big Data Solutions at Dell, has spent over 25 years in the high-tech industry. He has held executive leadership positions in corporations like Nortel and Bay Networks, and also has startup experience in founding SilverBack Technologies, which was acquired by Dell in 2007. John currently leads an agile, startup like team within Dell that is responsible for delivering complete solutions based on emerging technologies such as OpenStack, Crowbar and Hadoop. Finally, as part of John’s ongoing international entrepreneurial initiatives, he has raised over 35 million dollars in venture capital, and guided start ups in both business and technology strategies.
John actively demonstrates his commitment to OpenStack and open source solutions as an executive sponsor at Dell, and he continues to be a vocal advocate for OpenStack in the industry. He’s very visible in the OpenStack marketplace and community, including being a sought after keynote speaker on OpenStack at a wide variety of events worldwide, encouraging developer contributions and end-user adoption. Furthermore, John leads a team of OpenStack advocates at Dell that are regularly viewed as experts in their respective areas in the OpenStack community.
I have been a supporter of the OpenStack technology and community since it was first publicly announced on July 19, 2011, and was the only hardware solutions vendor to do so on Day 1. Since then, in my role we have been focused on enabling customers around the world to leverage the OpenStack technology, deploy it simply and quickly, and use it to solve real business needs.
I have been an active member of the OpenStack movement by:
The first public release of OpenStack source code was on my blog, in May of 2010. But I spent the two years prior to that working on it, as the Chief Architect and Technical Lead of a project called NASA Nebula.
I'm currently on both the OpenStack Foundation board, and the Cloud Foundry Community Advisory Board. I co-chair the OpenStack interoperability committee, and chair the Transparency Working Group. I also serve on the finance committee, the compensation committee, and the program committees of every OpenStack summit to date.
I was the official "Gold Member" representative to the drafting committee, responsible for development of the OpenStack foundation bylaws. And in the early days, I was one of the four original members of the OpenStack Project Oversight Committee.
Essentially, I've spent a majority of my time mucking about in OpenStack governance since the days we called this thing "Pinet".
When I'm not drinking coffee and eating donuts, I do a lot of public speaking and evangelism of OpenStack, particularly around its use in Enterprise private cloud settings. (I believe I've given over 28 speeches in the past year).
My "day job" is as CTO for Piston Cloud Computing, the makers of the first commercial OpenStack software product.
His prescient views on the profound disruption caused by cloud computing have made Randy Bias one of the industry’s most influential voices. He is an evangelist who was among the first to articulate the generational transition of IT from mainframe to enterprise computing and then to cloud in addition to popularizing the cloud server "pets vs. cattle" meme.
Randy was an early and vocal supporter of the OpenStack project and Cloudscaling was part the initial OpenStack launch in summer of 2010. He led the teams that deployed the first public OpenStack storage cloud (Swift) outside of Rackspace, and the first public OpenStack compute cloud (Nova). He is a founding Board Member of the OpenStack Foundation. He continues to be a vocal advocate of OpenStack, through his company, his writing and his speaking engagements.
His voice is frequently heard in media outlets such as GigaOm, InformationWeek, The Economist, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, ReadWriteWeb, O’Reilly Radar, Light Reading, and others, in addition to the Cloudscaling blog. He is a regular keynote speaker and panelist at events from the OpenStack Summit to VMworld, Structure, eComm, CloudConnect, Interop, CloudBeat, CloudExpo, The Web Summit, and Gluecon.
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.
Sean Roberts is the former VP of Development for Akanda. With a Bachelors Science degree in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University, he has over twenty years experience in the technology industry. Sean has worked at Yahoo, VMware, Stanford, and Genentech.
Sean has been involved with OpenStack for three plus years, with over two years as an OpenStack Board Director. He has been elected three times to represent the OpenStack Foundation Gold Membership. Sean has also held the Chair of Finance and Tax Affairs committee positions, in addition to being a member of the DefCore and Gold Membership committees.
Sean is also involved with OpenStack projects. He was the Training-Guides PTL, lead for the Trainers, Testing Standards, and Project working group, as well as a member of DefCore and Ambassador groups. The OpenStack Foundation has recognized Sean as an OpenStack Ambassador, which leads the OpenStack user groups worldwide. In his spare time, Sean leads the San Francisco OpenStack user group with over four thousand members.
“I enjoy working with all the different people involved with OpenStack. There is constant state of optimism and a drive to improve. If I had to pick one thing that makes me feel renewed and happy about my work, it would be helping people to improve themselves. I always am humbled when I can help someone find a new job or gain a new skill. This is what keeps me going.”
As VP/CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco Systems I am responsible for shaping Cisco's strategy and products in cloud computing. I also run the OpenStack team at Cisco contributing to Neutron, Nova, Horizon, and other projects and currently sit on the Foundation Board as a Gold representative. I frequently talk about cloud computing, software defined networking, and OpenStack at major conferences.
Formerly, I was VP/CTO Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems, where I led development of SunCloud, was responsible for all of Sun's Internet-facing web sites and services, and was an early member of the JavaSoft executive team. At other points in my career, at Salesforce.com I led the development of the AppExchange, and was CTO at Radar Networks, a semantic web startup. In the 1980's I was a director of R&D at Thinking Machines, where I developed algorithms for AI and machine vision for the massively parallel Connection Machine. I have a B.S. from Cornell University and Ph.D. in computer science from New York University.
Tsugikazu SHIBATA is working for OSS promotion Center of NEC. He is actively working for Linux over 10 years and for OpenStack since 2011. He is having a senior role of partner relationship for Open Source industry as a business side and also advocate join and work for the Open Source community especially for Japanese and Asian developers as community side.
He is also member of the board of the Linux Foundation since 2006. He is working with the Linux Foundation to expand ecosystem of Linux for Asian countries.
He is also a technical committee member of the Open Invention Network (OIN) from NEC. His activity of solving IP issue of the Open Source is being very important even for OpenStack and surrounding ecosystem.
By these background, he has an advisory role of OpenStack development team in NEC. The team is actively contributing to OpenStack community and keeping top 10 contributors in the past couple of years.
Dr. Tzi-cker Chiueh is the Secretary General of Cloud Computing Association in Taiwan (CCAT), the Generatl Director of Cloud Computing Center for Mobile Applications (CCMA) of Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), and Professor of Computer Science Department of Stony Brook University. He is the main architect of the ITRI Cloud OS, an end-to-end data center software stack for cloud computing that is recently ported to the Essex distribution of OpenStack. Previously, he served as the Director of Core Research at Symantec Research Labs. Dr. Chiueh received his Master's and Ph.D. degree from Stanford and Berkeley, respectively, and has published over 180 refereed journal and conference papers in the areas of storage system, network architecture, virtualization and software security.
NetApp is proud to continue its sponsorship of OpenStack with membership at the Gold level, with representation by Jeff O’Neal, Senior Director in NetApp’s Solution Integration Group. Jeff has been at NetApp for five years in Strategic Planning, Solution Development and Marketing Leadership functions , including development of NetApp’s Open Solution for Hadoop. Prior to joining NetApp, Jeff held leadership roles at Sun Microsystems in professional services, engineering and marketing.
NetApp ‘s approach to Industry Board participation is consistent with NetApp’s values for team work and transparency. Jeff is supported by a strong team of Architects and Developers led by Ben Swartzlander, Rob Esker, and Jim Holl, who are known within the OpenStack community. David Dale, Director of Industry Standards in the CTO office also provides guidance in governance and marketing of the OpenStack Foundation.
Winston Damarillo is the CEO of Morphlabs, a global provider of converged platform for cloud computing infrastructure. Morphlabs has successfully deployed fully productized solutions built on OpenStack to large enterprises, telcos and managed services providers in Asia and the US.
I am a technology entrepreneur with a track record of helping initiate open source projects at the Apache Software Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation. The companies I founded successfully extended the core open source projects to become disruptive Enterprise software platforms that enabled broad adoption.
I am an active member of the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. I am focusing on the technology adoption of the developing economies. I am the main proponent of the YGL Cloud Computing Initiative.
I have worked very closely with the developer communities while at ASF, Eclipse and now at OpenStack. I was a former board member of the Eclipse Foundation where I help develop the tiered membership model.