As the number of production OpenStack deployments increase and more ecosystem partners add support for OpenStack clouds, it becomes increasingly important that the communities building services around OpenStack guide and influence the product evolution. The OpenStack User Committee mission is to:
Consolidate user requirements and present these to the management board and technical committee
Provide guidance for the development teams where user feedback is requested
Track OpenStack deployments and usage, helping to share user stories and experiences
Work with the user groups worldwide to keep the OpenStack community vibrant and informed
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Operating System and Infrastructure Service Team Lead
Tim is currently responsible for the team at CERN which manages the operating system and infrastructure services. He previously worked as a Unix kernel developer at IBM and managing large scale Unix production deployments and services for Deutsche Bank.
As part of CERN's project to add a second data centre, CERN is moving towards a large scale Infrastructure as a Service based on OpenStack aiming to support 15,000 hypervisors by 2015 to help analyse the 25PB of data a year from the Large Hadron Collider. The CERN OpenStack use cases were described in the Essex design summit and we will be going into production use this year after Folsom's release.
Tim's interests are to see OpenStack supporting production services at this scale, participating in the thriving ecosystem and sharing experiences with others in the user community.
Ryan is the lead for Wikimedia Labs, a cloud infrastructure that is used to extend the most powerful concept of Wikimedia's projects to its production infrastructure: anyone can edit. In Wikimedia Labs he is using OpenStack, Puppet, Salt Stack, and other devops tools to run a multi-tenant environment for staff and volunteers to test, develop, and deploy software and infrastructure for a top-5 web presence.
Wikimedia's use case was described at the Diablo design summit. Wikimedia Labs was one of the first production nova installations.
Ryan's interests are to see OpenStack's user experience improve, especially from the operator's point of view, and for the OpenStack ecosystem to be vibrant and accommodating to all users and developers.