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Individual Member Profile


Prakash Ramchandran OpenStack Upstream Institute

Date Joined
October 01, 2013

Statement of Interest

Open Infrastructure, Containers, NFV , MANO, Edge Cloud Architecture, Design Deployment and Operations, IoT, 4/5G, K8, ML


Prakash has 35+ years of Telco/ICT experience with MSEE from IIT Bombay. He is a current Board of Director for Openstack 2019/2018 (Foucucs on Airship/Medhavi/India OSUG), Sr member IEEE (CS/ComSoc,VTA),IEEE SCW SC Vice Chair 2018, NFIC-2018 Chair, and has been a veteran consultant on NFV/CNTT, MANO, VIM, Virtualization, Conatainerization, Microservices, 5G Core/Edge/Access, Network Slicing and Vertical Industry solutions. The companies he has served for include Micronic Devices, IDM, Microdata Consultants, Intelligent System, Tandem, WinVision, AT&T Mobility,,, AT&T Labs, Futurewei/Huawei Technologies and currently at Dell. He was also part of Valley start-ups and other IT /Internet Data Center ventures in late 90's and early 2000. He brought to table the experience building Platform PoCs using OpenStack ecosystems. He has been a regular attendee of OpenStack, OPNFV, 3GPP NFV/MEC,IEEE forums over the last several years in the Bay Area as well as globally in US, China & India.

  • Dell - From 2017-12-04 (Current)

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Speaker Profile:


Prakash is a candidate in the January 2020 Board Election .


What is your relationship to OpenStack Foundation (OSF), and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to the OSF and the success of its projects to date?


I have been part of OpenStack since inception at NASA with Nova and Swift. With 20 releases the Software for Cloud has grown and matured for use by Enterprise and Service Providers. Have been on either side as contributor and user of OpenStack Cloud, upstream in OPNFV, ONAP LFN to model, architect and design platforms for VNF, NFV and SDN, besides evangelizing use of OpenStack and now Open Infrastructure globally.

Sustaining OpenStack and evolving it for next 20 releases is important for end users both Telco’s and Vertical Industry solutions to depend on a pillar that is agile, responsive to the needs of Industry, Government and Employment and Entrepreneurship worldwide.

My biggest contribution to date has been to energize and convince Developers and Contributors to promote Open Infrastructure as a vehicle for standardization of Cloud Interoperability. Other contributions include participate in architecture and design of BareMetal and Containers and automation of services to support hybrid cloud stacks.   

This year I have initiated a new PoC for Intelligent Open Infrastructure named "Medhavi" and trying to position it as future for Open Infrastructure evolution to support emerging workloads.


Describe your experience with other non-profits or serving as a board member. How does your experience prepare you for the role of a board member?


I I have been associated with few more non-profit orgs’ both local and global. Specifically, the one with Open Technology Foundation (India) as Co-Founder has helped me channelize the three pillars of Government, Industry and Academic Research to use OpenStack Upstream training to educational institutes for skills development. Thus seeking collaboration, interacting with variety of users of Technology has prepared me to understand and value the diversity and bring about unity of purpose amongst various competing organizations.

My experience with other Opensource organizations related to MANO, OSM, OPNFV, ONAP, Linux foundation, O-RAN and Standard bodies like 3GPP, ETSI, IEEE, IETF, DMTF, W3C, CSI, CCICI etc. has helped me become a better listener. The varied experience has helped me to be proactive and help translate vision and mission to real world deliveries. Important lesson I have learned is that Cloud Interoperability is key for us to minimize the Digital Divide. Thus I am happy to take stance and drive towards the goal objectively without undue bias.



What do you see as the Board's role in OpenStack's success?


Identify emerging technology and Industry trends that impacts Cloud Software and its usage globally.

Strive to translate those trends to introduce changes in OpenStack and emerging Open Infrastructure initiative to sustain the Cloud Interoperability for future Hybrid Computing, High Performance Computing, Workload automation-based AI/ML etc.

Focus on increasing the reach to newer Markets is Asia, Africa and South America.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be over the next year?


My take would be Kickstart Open Infrastructure, AI/ML and emerging smart device access etc.

Others include spreading to promote new markets like India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Brazil, Ghana to name a few countries.

Leverage the Telco Service Providers to bring innovation and collaboration among existing and new contributors globally. 

Prakash has already been nominated by:

  • Ganesh Hiregoudar
  • Digambar Patil
  • Chengappa MR
  • Madhuri Kumari
  • Sundar Vedaraman
  • DEEPAK Jadiya
  • Trinath Somanchi
  • Sridhar Pothuganti
  • Bin Hu
  • Ruturaj Kadikar