Take OpenStack to the next level of adoption, by bringing OpenStack to the masses - Enable OpenStack enablement with real-world implementors, builders, and users
I've been a part of the OpenStack movement since the very beginning - back in 2010, starting at the Omni Hotel event in Austin, Texas. And I've been honored to have served on the OpenStack Board of Directors in 2013.
Over the years, I have been a part of excellent teams driving OpenStack at great companies like
- Dell, where I served as the Director of Product Management / Marketing, and we launched the market's first OpenStack solution in 2011
- HP / HP Enterprise, where I served as the Exec Director of Big Data and Storage Solutions, including dense storage servers great for Swift and Ceph
- SUSE, where I served as the VP of Solutions, driving both OpenStack and Ceph-based solutions.
If you get to know me, you'll find that I am extremely passionate about bringing OpenStack to the masses (check out my blog on the topic - https://www.suse.com/communities/blog/renewing-focus-bringing-openstack-masses/). I've worked hard for over 20 years to bring emerging tech solutions to end users in order to help them solve challenges in their IT and application teams, and have been fortunate to work to that end as an engineer, as a strategist, and as an executive.
I love talking tech, where tech is headed, and how we get it into as many people's hands as possible, so let's be sure to connect on Twitter (@jbgeorge).
I'm fortunate to be among the few that have been a part of the OpenStack movement since it's beginnings in 2010. I recall being in a large ballroom at the Omni Hotel in Austin with a number of forward thinkers and open source advocates, working with NASA and Rackspace, as we put together this new initiative called OpenStack.
I was with Dell at the time, as part of the Cloud Solutions team, where we launched the industry's first OpenStack solution, along with a public, referenceable customer - this was in 2011! It was early days then, and it's amazing to see how far our community has come.
OpenStack's success is critically important to me because I see it's potential to revolutionize everything we do as a tech community. It's success is important to me because I believed in it early, and I still believe in it's ability to change the world.
I feel my biggest contribution to OpenStack's success has been "taking it to the masses" and making it consumable for people that may not be developers. Service providers who want to stand up new "as-a-Service" businesses, banks that want to leverage applications across geographies, medical institutions that are seeking out how tech can help them serve patients better, research entities that are looking to solve disease, schools that are looking to better educate students, and so on. They are not cloud experts, but they can use OpenStack to drive their inititatives - and I've focused my efforts on enabling them with OpenStack solutions.
I have served on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors, where I was focused on getting OpenStack to the enterprise customer. I've also been an outspoken advocate for a number of other open source projects such as Ceph, Lustre, Hadoop, and more.
From a non-tech perspective, I am active in my local community, both through my church and as a regular attender of the community's Chamber of Commerce. I am a firm believer that change happens when you can start at the local level and build up from there, and have been able to partner with our community on projects for our public schools, helping the homeless, and more.
Being on the board means you have to think through multiple angles, understand various outcomes, and be focused on making decisions that are well thought out and are best for the community. They are not always easy to make, so it requires understanding all implications.
Along with a number of the other entities in the OpenStack community, like the Technical Committee, the User Committee, and the Operators, the Board plays an important role in ensuring that OpenStack stays true to our charter. Cloud is a fast evolving space, and it is critical, with all the new projects emerging, that OpenStack continue to be a leader.
From a board perspective, this means adequately and fairly vetting prospective corporate members of the community, and ensuring that these members uphold the standards expected of them. This means always staying aware of the ecosystem of projects that could interoperate with OpenStack - including Ceph, Kubernetes, Hadoop, and more. This means keeping our individual members front and center, and ensuring that every developer, writer, tester, operator, marketer, and individual is represented. This is how strong communities are run.
More than ever before, OpenStack is a great option for mainstream enterprise adoption. That is a critical part of our charter as a community - ensuring more and more enterprise readiness of OpenStack, whether for service providers to host their own cloud services, for the IT orgs looking to offer private clouds to their organizations, or for all of us who want to move workloads between public and private instances, as the application / data / user requires.
While we have accomplished so much when it comes to security, reliability, and quality, especially with the Newton release, there is more we need to do to represent OpenStack as the best way to do application and IT services from here on out. That should be our focus for 2016, with a metric of greater enterprise adoption and more real-world use cases by this time next year.
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