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Individual Member Profile


Shannon McFarland

Date Joined
July 26, 2012

Statement of Interest

Help the community with design and deployment collateral


Shannon McFarland, CCIE #5245, is a Distinguished Engineer and Cloud Architect for Cloud Native and Application Infrastructure technologies at Cisco. He has been at Cisco for 20+ years. Shannon worked as a systems engineer at a system integrator for many years and as an end-user engineer in the medical industry prior to that.
Shannon has been involved with OpenStack since the Diablo release and has historically focused on Neutron, Heat, and Magnum related work. In addition, to OpenStack-specific projects, Shannon has been involved in the Kata Containers project. He is also working in the Kubernetes and Istio communities, with a distinct focus on all-things networking. He is an author (“IPv6 for Enterprise Networks”) and a frequent speaker at various industry and community conferences to include OpenStack/Open Infrastructure Summits, Cisco Live, etc.


  • Cisco - From (Current)


I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Networking (Neutron),Orchestration (Heat),Container Orchestration Engine Provisioning (Magnum)

OpenStack Summit Presentations


Shannon is a candidate in the January 2021 Board Elections .


What is your relationship to the Open Infrastructure Foundation, and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to Open Infrastructure Foundation's success to date?


I am a Gold member board director in OIF. I believe in the OIF/OSF charter, and I want to use my gifts, talents, and passion to help the OIF charter grow and become even more enriching. As a group, I believe that we have already laid down a foundation of technical openness (cross-platform and cross-project) and human openness (very focused on inclusivity and diversity). I hope to continue contributing to OIF as both a board member and as an individual technical contributor.


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 am a current Gold member board director in the OIF. I have been a board member on the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task force. I feel that I approach board-related tasks with an open mind and open heart. I have a long track record of leading highly-complex teams and projects across a diverse group of individuals.


What do you see as the Board's role in Open Infrastructure Foundation's success?


I see a Board's responsibility as that of the Captain of a ship. They need to understand the big picture and look holistically at the broader view of the industry, markets, trends, and the individual needs of those contributing to the organization's health. It is up to the board to steer the ship away from storms that can be seen in the distance, but if a storm appears from nowhere (COVID), they have to be steady and think/act in an unwavering way navigate the ship through rough seas. Ideally we have to think holistically but never lose sight of individual contributors and their contributions and needs.


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


I think the Board priority should expand and accelerate the following:

- Providing high-quality conference experiences during a COVID reality

-Expand the projects in the OIF catalog

-Look for opportunities to partner with other foundations