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Individual Member Profile


Randy Bias

Date Joined
July 24, 2012



Statement of Interest

Make OpenStack More Awesome


His prescient views on the profound disruption caused by cloud computing have made Randy Bias one of the industry’s most influential voices. He is an evangelist who was among the first to articulate the generational transition of IT from mainframe to enterprise computing and then to cloud in addition to popularizing the cloud server "pets vs. cattle" meme. 

Randy was an early and vocal supporter of the OpenStack project and Cloudscaling was part the initial OpenStack launch in summer of 2010.  He led the teams that deployed the first public OpenStack storage cloud (Swift) outside of Rackspace, and the first public OpenStack compute cloud (Nova). He is a founding Board Member of the OpenStack Foundation. He continues to be a vocal advocate of OpenStack, through his company, his writing and his speaking engagements. 

His voice is frequently heard in media outlets such as GigaOm, InformationWeek, The Economist, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, ReadWriteWeb, O’Reilly Radar, Light Reading, and others, in addition to the Cloudscaling blog. He is a regular keynote speaker and panelist at events from the OpenStack Summit to VMworld, Structure, eComm, CloudConnect, Interop, CloudBeat, CloudExpo, The Web Summit, and Gluecon.

  • Unaffiliated - From 2021-08-27 (Current)
  • EMC Corporation - From 2014-10-14 To 2016-10-14


I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Swift,Glance,Keystone,Quantum,Cinder,Ceilometer,Heat,Ironic,Oslo,Openstack-ci,Openstack-manuals,QA,Deployment

OpenStack Summit Presentations


Randy is a candidate in the January 2024 Board Elections .



I was one of the original founding board members of the OpenStack Foundation in 2012.  My startup, Cloudscaling, is famous for some of the earliest and largest OpenStack deployments (KT uCloud, AT&T AIC, Walmart).  I gave the infamous State of the Stack updates on a yearly basis at the early OpenStack Summits and was one of the largest cheerleaders.

As a board member I advocated regularly for change.  My presentation at OpenStack Silicon Valley in 2014 ( led directly to changes in how product management in OpenStack worked.

Besides acquiring some of the biggest and earliest wins for OpenStack, blogging and presenting endlessly on it, advocating for change from my position on the board, I also was one of the voices who also regularly criticized OpenStack.  Without self-reflection there is no change.



I've served on the OpenStack/OpenInfra Foundation, Linux Foundation, AECC, and others as a board member, TSC member, and general member.



Providing strong leadership and guidance to the community, helping with oversight and accountability for all of the foundation, and providing a place to be a voice of change.



Top priority, in my mind, is to expand the projects under OpenInfra, which is currently a bit scattershot, and to look into a more cohesive strategy, that encompasses OpenStack, but is not beholden to it.

Randy has already been nominated by:

  • Randy Bias
  • Martin Millnert
  • Tristan Goode
  • Michael Chapman
  • Michael Mendy
  • Abhisak Chulya
  • Charnsilp Chinprasert
  • Pratin Boonrod
  • Khomkrit Viangvises