Open Mic Spotlight: Armando Migliaccio

armaxThis post is part of the OpenStack Open Mic series to spotlight the people who have helped make OpenStack successful. Each week, a new contributor will step up to the mic and answer five questions about OpenStack, cloud, careers and what they do for fun. 

Armando Migliaccio is a restless Italian expatriate who moves back and forth to and from Europe. Armando and OpenStack met on a sunny day of July 2010; since then he  has worked on many OpenStack projects, mostly Nova and more recently Neutron, where he is a core member. Currently at VMware, he spends most of his time ensuring that VMware technologies are the most advanced and feature-rich ones to deploy OpenStack on.

1. What random or unique items are in your bag or backpack right now?

Backpack? Who needs a backpack? Everything is in the cloud! No, seriously everything I have in my bag is just enough to get me there…a laptop/tablet and a charger.

 2. Where is your happy place? Favorite place to visit, vacation, decompress? 

Somewhere in Italy, most preferably in the hills of Tuscany.


Picture compliments of Jean Luc Benazet

3. What is your go-to beverage or snack while coding?

When I code all I need is to be immersed in my music….water if it’s going to be a long long session.

 4. What do you think is the coolest thing that’s happened with OpenStack over the past three years?

Adoption. It is unbelievable how many companies and individuals have embraced it. Some people are still scratching their heads on how to tame the beast…especially around upgrades, which may hold back a little…but once the last wrinkles are figured out (like deprecating nova-network in favor of Neutron), OpenStack will sky-rocket, if it hasn’t already.

 5. How did you learn to code? Are you self-taught or did you learn in college? On-the-job?

I started some trivial coding back when I was 9, first in Basic and then Pascal and C when I was slightly older. After that I could say that I was already scarred for life so going into computer engineering seemed like the most sensible choice 🙂


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