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Individual Member Profile


Lew Tucker

Date Joined
July 26, 2012

Cisco Systems From 2011-01-01 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Advancing the state of the art in cloud computing through open source


As VP/CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco Systems I am responsible for shaping Cisco's strategy and products in cloud computing.  I also serve as Cisco's representative and vice-chairman of the OpenStack Foundation board of directors and am a passionate advocate of open source software development. Cisco is a major contributor to OpenStack across multiple projects including: Neutron, Nova, Horizon, Kolla, Magnum and others. I am a frequent invited speaker at major conferences on cloud computing and open source.

Formerly, I was VP/CTO Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems, where I led development of SunCloud, was responsible for all of Sun's Internet-facing web sites and services, and was an early member of the JavaSoft executive team.  At other points in my career, at Salesforce.com I led the development of the AppExchange, and was CTO at Radar Networks, a semantic web startup.  In the 1980's I was a director of R&D at Thinking Machines, where I developed parallel algorithms for AI and machine vision for the massively parallel Connection Machine.   I have a B.S. from Cornell University and Ph.D. in computer science from New York University.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Swift,Keystone,Horizon,Quantum,Cinder,Ceilometer,Heat,Ironic

OpenStack Summit Presentations


Lew is a candidate in the 2018 Board Election .


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


As Cisco Systems, the success of OpenStack is seen as an essential element of our multi-cloud strategy.  To support this mission, my engineering team continues to be one of the leading upstream contributor groups.  On a personal level,  I've contributed to the success of Openstack through helping in the formation of the OpenStack foundation and in serving as vice-chairman of the board of directors since its inception.


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 also serve as a board member of the CNCF and am working to see that both organizations continue to support our developer communities, member companies, and the grown of a strong ecosystem around cloud computing. I also serve on the scientific advisory board of QCRI, Qatar's Computing Research Institute.


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


As we've seen to date, the board, along with the technical committee, plays a foundational role in ensuring the health and proper governance of our developer community and projects.  In addition, we play an critical role in driving the adoption of OpenStack through our developer summits, events, and other marketing activities to raise awareness of OpenStack in the larger market.


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


I continue to be passionate about the role of the open source community in furthering the adoption of cloud computing and OpenStack.  I believe we need to continually look beyond today to see where the market is going, and be aware of the changing technology landscape which brings waves of innovation.  Containers, Kubernetes, NFV, IoT, and "serverless" are all examples of this continuous evolution which I hope will drive our vision, and allow us to expand into a broader range of projects to meet new opportunities in the market.