10 Years of OpenStack – Fu Qiao at China Mobile

Storytelling is one of the most powerful means to influence, teach, and inspire the people around us. To celebrate OpenStack’s 10th anniversary, we are spotlighting stories from the individuals in various roles from the community who have helped to make OpenStack and the global Open Infrastructure community successful. 

Here, we’re talking to Fu Qiao from China Mobile. She tells the community about how she got started with OpenStack and her favorite memory from the last 10 years of OpenStack.

How did you get started working with OpenStack and what are you doing now?

I started using OpenStack in 2013, and that’s when I started following the OpenStack Foundation. Currently, I am a technical manager in China Mobile, leading a team to provide strategy, framework, and automation on integration and deployment of network cloud based on OpenStack across China.

What is your favorite memory from the last 10 years of OpenStack?

I am impressed by the fast technical improvement happening in OpenStack. I can still recall several “telco requirements” we raised a few years ago on a release, and now almost all of them have been fulfilled. This community is active and full of energy for innovation.

How did you contribute to the OpenStack community?

I am engaged in several working groups, including Telco and Edge Computing. In the meantime, I am also following several projects to make sure certain requirements from China Mobile can be accomplished.

What advice do you have for the Stacker community and other growing open source communities based on your experience with OpenStack?

I think the reason why OpenStack becomes so successful is that it always tracks the change in the industry, and addresses real problems and difficulties. Another important aspect is to maintain the open source nature of these projects, be respectful to different voices and solutions, and respectful to technology.

If I were to ask you in 2030, what do you think the OpenStack update will be?

It’s hard to tell. OpenStack has been quite successful in the past 10 years. It is not just an open source community, it is the standard base, and code base for hundreds and thousands of clouds across the world. I would assume, even though now there are new trends such as cloud native, OpenStack will still be maintained on a large scale across the industry. There are still challenges and technical issues this community needs to deal with.

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