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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 and represent Cisco on the OpenStack Foundation board of director.  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 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 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 2017 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?


Having been involved with the formation of the OpenStack Foundation since its inception, I currently serve as a Gold member representative and vice-chairman of the board to help set the agenda and drive the mission forward.  

Aside from my ongoing support of Foundation activities and advocacy of OpenStack at conferences, perhaps my biggest contribution has been in bringing one of the leading IT companies and its resources into the OpenStack community.   This stems from my belief that in today's rapidly changing world, the advancements in technology and the larger public interest is best served by pooling our development effort behind open source, community-led software development.


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 currently on the board of NEON, Inc., a non-profit an independent 501(c)(3) corporation tasked by the National Science Foundation with planning and managing the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and serve on the strategic advisory council of the Qatar Computing Research Institute.

While each is different in it’s overall mission, all share the objective of serving the broader public good and require working across multiple organizations to achieve success.


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


Over this past year, we’ve seen the Board begin to drive key initiatives such as DefCore to better define what is meant by OpenStack and invest in the working groups to better understand key customer requirements.  At the same time, we’ve made progress in addressing issues with the CLA, and our legal status.  These activities as well as others should continue to ensure the long term success of the platform.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2016?


With a community and board as large and as diverse as ours, our biggest challenge is always in focusing our attention and discussion on the most important issues in order to take action. 

We can never rest on our laurels for even though OpenStack adoption continues to grow, we are moving into multiple customer segments and technologies, which can add complexity and threaten the overall integrity of the platform.  I feel a top priority of the board will be to continue to work with the TC and in working groups to ensure we successfully navigate and balance the often conflicting goals of interoperability, platform stability and project innovation.