10 Years of OpenStack – Julia Kreger at Red Hat

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 Julia Kreger from Red Hat. 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 guess I really got started working on OpenStack when a friend mentioned that their employer was hiring and pointed out that I could definitely bring value to their work. That ended up being a team at HP. Since then I’ve done many things but the focus has remained for me on OpenStack because I firmly believe in it.

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

Two favorite memories. Walking into Palais De Congrès (OpenStack Summit Paris) and having a coworker introduce me to someone they thought I should meet. Before I knew it I had been tackled and hugged because that very person was a friend I had not seen in years. Only second to someone realizing I was an OpenStack contributor and had a hand in changing their quality of life through our work. Their smile was amazing.

How did you contribute to the OpenStack community?

Largely I have contributed code and operational insight.

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

Be open to change, and recognize that hype is a cycle. The key is if you’re making a difference.

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

My dream would be that we’ve taken over the world, but I suspect the reality is that OpenStack compatibility is the play of the public cloud vendors and OpenStack and parts of OpenStack found in all sorts of areas. Perhaps that will be that we’ve taken over the world?

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