Open Mic Spotlight: Chuck Thier

chuck-300x300This post is part of the OpenStack Open Mic series to spotlight the people who have helped make OpenStack successful as we celebrate the third birthday of the project. Each day in July, a new contributor will step up to the mic and answer five questions about OpenStack, cloud, careers and what they do for fun.

Chuck has been a software developer for over 6 years at Rackspace working on the Cloud Files and Cloud Block Storage products, and Founding contributor to Openstack Swift.  Follow him on Twitter at @creiht

 1. What was your first commit or contribution and why did you make it?

My first “official” commit was the original commit of the Rackspace Cloud Files code as Openstack Swift.  I thought I was going to have a couple of months to clean things up and write documentation, but then Jim Curry came in and told me we had 2 weeks so that it could be released during the announcement at OSCON.

2. What’s the most critical feature you think cloud software needs to be widely adopted over the next year? 

I think the most critical feature isn’t so much a feature as it is the applications built for the cloud.  As more applications are built to take advantage of the cloud (including Openstack) the more movement there will be to it.

 3. What comment(s) have you received from users that made your proud of your work? When have you felt best about your work? 

Every time that I hear about or assist with other deployments of Openstack Swift (Wikimedia, Mercardo Libre and many others), that makes me the most proud.

4. Describe an interesting OpenStack deployment that you were part of, and why others ought to know about it. What made that project work? Tick?

I’ve been involved with the OpenStack Swift deployments at Rackspace since before it was Openstack. Besides Swift being a great platform to build object storage off of, I think the fact that we have a great team makes a huge difference.

 5. How do you describe OpenStack to your parents?

I think they have had a basic idea of what it is, but I think it really made a little more sense for them when I showed them the “One Very Proud Dad” cartoon that Rackspace had made.


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