10 Years of OpenStack – Prakash Ramchandran at Dell Technologies

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 Prakash Ramchandran from Dell Technologies. He tells the community about how he got started with OpenStack and his 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 working with OpenStack from the early Nova, Swift, Quantum to Neutron, early Edge and NFV efforts, use of Heat and Declarative templates, and use in Management and Orchestration (MANO), and now I’m back to OpenStack as Individual Member of the Foundation Board of Directors. I’ve participated in the India OpenInfra community, Airship, RefStack, and InteropWG now, and also container and k8s clusters for Open Infra.

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

My favorite memory of OpenStack is working with the early Neutron, NFV efforts and now Open Infrastructure Projects Airship, Zuul, and working towards Intelligent Platform for the coming decade.

How did you contribute to the OpenStack community?

I contributed to the community as a technical evangelist and Emerging to new Open Platform for 2030s.

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

My advice is that people should follow the 4Cs: Communicate, Collaborate, Contribute, and Commit. You should look for new emerging innovations in open source and specifically in OpenStack and Open Infrastructure.

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

The OpenStack ride has been phenomenal and has tracked Linux. It’s good that it caught on the Open Infrastructure early and rode on to GPU and CUDA through bare metal and container innovation. The workload for AI and HPC stack has brought us to the new era of Quantum Computing. This will see it through the next decade marking the 30 years of Four Opens.

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