The Board of Directors provides strategic and financial oversight of Foundation resources and staff.
Experienced industry leader, open source advocate, a member of the SUSE leadership team, and SUSE strategy adviser for new industry initiatives and open source.
My name is Alex Freedland, I am the co-founder and Chairman of Mirantis. Together with my partners, we bet our company on the success of OpenStack we are currently the largest independent company focusing on delivering pure-play OpenStack to the customers worldwide.
At Mirantis, I run the Community Initiatives. Under my leadership, Mirantis has become the top-3 contributor to OpenStack by commits and reviews (according to Juno stats) and we are the only private company amongst Top-10 contributors).
Mirantis is also laser-focused on making customers (large and small) adopt OpenStack at scale. With that in mind, we have also pioneered such StackForge projects as Fuel (the point and click installer), Rally (a popular framework for scalability testing of OpenStack) and Murano (an intuitive was to automate workload orchestration on top of OpenStack). All of these projects are gaining community momentum and we hope that some of them will become part of OpenStack in the not so distant future.
Prior to starting Mirantis, I have co-founded several other businesses, some of which are operating today and some have successfully exited.
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.
Chris founded and launched Nebula in July of 2011 to disrupt enterprise computing and ignite a new era of global innovation after serving as NASA's Chief Technology Officer. At NASA, Chris co-founded the OpenStack project and led the Nebula project, NASA's cloud computing initiative. Chris also served as the Chairman of the White House Federal Cloud Computing Standards Working Group and was a member of the Cloud Computing Executive Steering Committee under Federal CIO Vivek Kundra. Prior to his role as CTO of NASA, Chris served as the CIO of NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, where he helped forge partnerships with Google and Microsoft that created Google Moon and Mars, and Microsoft's World Wide Telescope. Prior to joining NASA, Chris helped create the third largest online community Classmates.com, the leading web-based vacation rental platform Escapia, and the first online grocery shopping platform for Kroger, the world's largest grocery store chain.
I am the CTO and co-founder of Piston. At Piston, I've been responsible for building and managing the R&D team that build Piston CloudOS™ as well as Piston OpenStack. My current responsibilities at Piston are to evangelize OpenStack as well as Piston's technology, and also to push development at Piston in new directions.
I currently serve on the OpenStack Foundation Board, and am the 2015/2016 co-chair of the Foundation Board Defcore committee. Prior to starting Piston, I was an early employee of Slicehost before its acquisition by Rackspace. I helped launch OpenStack in 2010, and was an originating member of nova-core.
Imad Sousou is vice president in the Software and Services Group and general manager of the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corp. He established the center in 2003 and is responsible for driving Intel's efforts in open source software and architecture across technologies and market segments, including enterprise and carrier-grade Linux and related technologies, virtualization technologies, embedded market segments, and client Linux programs and related technologies.
Imad joined Intel in 1994 as a senior software engineer. Before moving into his current role, he served as director of telecom software programs in the Intel Communications Group and as director of client software engineering in the Home Products Group.
Prior to joining Intel, Imad was a software engineer at Central Point Software working on system utilities for the Apple Mac OS.
Imad holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics from Portland State University.
John Zannos is Vice President of Cloud Channels and Alliances at Canonical. He is responsible for execution of Ubuntu Cloud business, partnerships, alliances and strategy.
During his career John has lead business and technology efforts around cloud computing, utility computing, hosting, application management, disaster recovery, security, unified communications, and content distribution networks. Prior to working at Canonical, he held technology leadership positions at HP, IVIA, Compaq, Digital Equipment Corporation, Boston University and the US EPA.
John's interest is to ensure that OpenStack is deployable, scalable, and rock solid, with a thriving ecosystem. His focus is to represent the builders and end users of the OpenStack community, and to expand the overall community. He lives in the Boston area with his family, enjoying the Boston Red Sox when he can.
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.
Mark McClain is the Chief Technical Officer of Akanda Inc, a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee and a core reviewer for several teams (Neutron, Requirements and Stable). Mark was the Program Technical Lead for the OpenStack Networking during the Havana and Icehouse cycles. In addition to his technical work, Mark is co-organizer of the Atlanta OpenStack Meetup group and frequent speaker on OpenStack. Formerly of DreamHost and Yahoo!, he has 14 years of software development experience.
Mark McLoughlin is a consulting engineer at Red Hat and has spent over a decade contributing to and leading open source projects like GNOME, Fedora, KVM, qemu, libvirt, oVirt, and more.
Mark has been contributing to OpenStack since 2011, most notably to Nova and Oslo. He has served as Oslo PTL, as a member of the Technical Committee, and as an Individual Director on the board.
Mark is Technical Director for OpenStack at Red Hat, and represents Red Hat as a platinum member on the board.
To find out more about Mark, see his keynote from the Icehouse Summit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6A2AQFnqH8
I currently work full-time on OpenStack for HP. I lead a team that works on running the Developer Infrastructure systems for the project, as well as teams working on OpenStack Deployment (TripleO) and OpenStack Bare Metal (Ironic). I am past PTL of the OpenStack Infra Program and set up the original project gating infrastructure. I currently sit on the Technical Committee. Previously, I was a core developer on Drizzle and was a Senior Consultant for MySQL, Inc. I've been a Python hacker by choice since 2000, and am currently a member of the Python Software Foundation.
I have a degree in Theatre Directing and went to grad school at CalArts in lighting design. The intersection of fields has led me to start more than one business around developing technology for and related to live performance. I continue to work in the theatre, and regularly light shows in New York, Seattle and Austin.
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.
Serving on OpenStack Board since 2012, I've been driving the Core Definition (DefCore) Process and Product Working Group (Hidden Influencers). I am a balanced voice between business, development and operations needs. I am also "commercially unbiased" since I am not an employee of a major contributor, vendor or sponsor.
I have been involved in Cloud for over 15 years and launched some of the earliest Cloud companies. My educational background (Duke and LSU) is in computer science and systems engineering with a focus on distributed systems. I have always found deployment to be vitally important in developments - that lead me to found a SaaS start-up in 1999 and had made me a DevOps advocate. In addition to core cloud technologies, I am an Agile/Lean/TDD process evangelist who strongly believes that stability is a feature.
Professionally, I am the CEO and Founder of RackN. A company focused on automating physical provisioning at scale through the OpenCrowbar project. Before that, I was a Sr Distinguished Engineer at Dell leading our OpenStack Cloud project (http://wp.me/PF6d2-bj) and also a founder of the Crowbar project (http://wp.me/PF6d2-ix). In both roles, I am in constant contact with OpenStack users, ecosystem developers and vendors world-wide; consequently, I have a very broad perspective on use and technical needs for OpenStack and related Cloud technologies.
You can get a much better perspective on me and my position on OpenStack by visiting http://robhirschfeld.com.
Simon is CEO of DreamHost, and Co-founder and Chair of Akanda, Inc. Simon was also Co-founder and Chair of Inktank Storage, Inc., acquired by Red Hat in April 2014.
DreamHost has been a major contributor to the OpenStack software and community since 2011. DreamHost has launched DreamCompute, a public cloud computing service powered by OpenStack, Ceph and Akanda.
I'm responsible for the group at CERN which manages the infrastructure services for 11,000 physicists around the world. I previously worked as a Unix kernel developer at IBM along with managing large scale Unix production deployments and services for Deutsche Bank in Europe.
My team is running the CERN OpenStack cloud which has been in production since July 2013 and is currently around 80,000 cores. This cloud provides processing power for the physicists working on the Large Hadron Collider and its experiments which produce around 27PB a year. We had the honour of winning the inaugural superuser award (http://superuser.openstack.org/articles/and-the-superuser-award-goes-to) in Paris for contributions to OpenStack.
As the AVP of Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Architecture & Strategy for AT&T, Toby Ford leads technology efforts around AT&T's cloud offerings both internally and externally focused. Currently, Mr. Ford is responsible for shepherding SDN and NFV projects on to AT&T’s Common Cloud platform. Toby served as CTO for USi, which was acquired by AT&T in 2006. Previously, Mr. Ford held positions at Cornell University, ARINC, TeleCommunication Systems, and his own company in the Netherlands. Toby is also a member of the OpenStack Board of Directors.
After 20+ years’ experience in ICT, I embraced OpenStack in my home country, Australia, and became passionate about it recognising it's immense potential the world over. I soon recognised however, that the Australian OpenStack community needed a real boost. So in 2011 I founded the Australian OpenStack User Group (AOSUG). The response has been fantastic and the group continues to grow across the country. While much of my time has been spent nurturing the OpenStack community in Australia, I have been actively supporting the growth of the Indian OpenStack community spending time in India promoting and speaking about OpenStack, and I actively take part in meetups online around the world whenever possible.
I am deeply humble for the opportunity to represent the community builders, operators and end users of OpenStack on the BoD – everyone and especially the people who DON'T write software but still have lots to offer. I plan on continuing to work to promote OpenStack in every possible way, so that it becomes ubiquitous and full-featured, while remaining, most importantly, truly open.
My twitter is @tristangoode and I also quite like beer, I'm Australian!
I am currently part of the public cloud team at Rackspace. I lead Rackspace's OpenStack strategy and work with teams on our overall open source efforts. Prior to this role, I led the engineering teams responsible for the Rackspace Public Cloud services including those deploying and contributing to OpenStack Nova, Swift, Cinder, Glance and Neutron. I have been at Rackspace since 2006 and served in a number of development and operations functions across the company. I am also a member of the advisory council of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Vish Ishaya is the Chief Technology Officer at Nebula, Inc. Prior to joining Nebula, he was a Principal Engineer with Rackspace Cloud Builders. He was also a Senior Systems Engineer with Anso Labs and NASA Nebula Technical Lead during the creation of Nova, one of the founding OpenStack projects.
He is a highly prolific developer who has been one of the top contributors to OpenStack. He has been a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee since its inception, and was recently elected to the OpenStack Board, which along with other prominent community members helps guide the vision of the OpenStack project.
Vish was elected to four consecutive terms as the OpenStack Compute Project Technical Lead. In addition to his excellent programming and systems skills, Vish has spent over a decade teaching, most recently classes in object oriented analysis and design.
Ben is a long-time open source and community activist, OpenStack evangelist in China. He is co-founder of COSUG(China OpenStack User Group). He continuously evangelizes the OpenStack community through his weibo, speaking at conferences, and business development activities to attract new member companies and contributors.
Yujie is the key organizer for the largest OpenStack test platform trysack.cn in China. And now it growns to be a big alliance, where users, companies, and developers in the value chain all contributed to the community. In addition, trystack.cn has invited industry leaders from China and around the world to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, know how, and business opportunities.
Follow him on Twitter: @ben_duyujie or Weibo:@ben_杜玉杰 and learn more on http://www.slideshare.net/ben_duyujie/learn-open-stack-from-trystackcn