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Individual Member Profile


Edgar Magana

Date Joined
July 26, 2012

Workday From 2014-08-01 (Current)
Cisco Systems From 2014-04-04 To 2014-07-31
PLUMgrid From 2013-01-10 To 2014-04-03
Cisco Systems From 2011-04-01 To 2013-01-09
Statement of Interest

Neutron to become the default and standard NaaS




I am currently member of the Board of Directors and I want to continue in this position because I am working very hard in making an impact for the benefit of all developers and users (operators, end users, app developers, etc.). In my very short period as Board Member (lest that six months) I have already proposed changes to the Foundation bylaws and I will continue my work even if I am not elected for the next year because I have passion and love for OpenStack. I need your support because we are already making a difference and I want to keep it that way. I am not the type of member just sitting in a chair drinking coffee, I always speak up and make the difference that we need in our Foundation for our own benefit, better engagement and increase of the community membership.

I am part of the Cloud Operations and Infrastructure team for one of the biggest SaaS providers. My current role as OpenStack consumer is giving me a different opinion about what OpenStack should integrate and how it can be consumed easier and more scalable for both Service Providers and Entreprises. I am planning to provide my experience to the OpenStack Board in order to drive its direction based on the interest of the Operators and Users, never influenced by technology-specific vendors. 

Professionally, I have a PhD on Distributed Systems and I have specialized on Cloud Computing, Network Virtualization, Software-defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), OpenFlow and the most important OpenStack. During my last three positions at Cisco, PLUMgrid and Workday I have completed successful OpenStack deployment in heterogeneous and scalable infrastructures, from vendor specific hardware to commodity one. All improvements have been shared and I have created extended experience on configuration languages such as Puppet and Chef.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Horizon,Quantum,Ceilometer,Heat,Ironic,Openstack-ci,Openstack-manuals,Deployment,DevStack

OpenStack Summit Presentations
Sydney Boston
  • Ops Tags WG Session
  • UC Governance and Support of WGs
  • User Commitee Session
  • Large Contributing OpenStack Operators (LCOO) Working Session
Barcelona, Spain
  • OpenStack Networking (Neutron and Beyond) - Experiences and Best Practices BoF
  • User Committee/Working Groups 101
  • Efficiency of Working Groups - Working Together to Advance the Community Leadership of the User Committee
  • User Commitee Session
Austin Tokyo Vancouver Atlanta

Speaker Profile:


Edgar 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?


My relationship to OpenStack is as user and operator.  My professional career goal is to help the community to make OpenStack a production ready platform that provides scalable and reliable code for users with hybrid requirements in terms of security, operations and performance.

I am promoting changes to the OpenStack bylaws in order to make the User Committee equivalent to the Technical one. I believe this is an important achivement towards having a more balanced and healthy community from both sides, developers and users (app, operations, users). Another terrific contribution to OpenStack’s success has been the work that I have done as a part of the Neutron Core team from 2012.  Making Neutron a successful bug-free and HA project has changed drastically the number of features that Operators can provide to their cloud tenants.

I am also very proud of the work that we have done around the networking guide. Being actively a liaison between neutron and manuals teams and investing a significant effort to have a reliable guide about networking in OpenStack.


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?


Since college I have been member of the student board helping to driving the students concerns to the management team in order to increase the engagement of the student in the extra-scholar activities.

As a member of my community board, I am used to listen my neighbors and drive their request to the board and properly find a solution that will make more sense will have everybody in a great mood.


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


I would like to see increased the participation of users/operators in the OpenStack board. This is a great opportunity to have a formal representation and express directly to the board how operators are impacted by the decisions of the development teams.

As Operators we could provide some of the most realistic feedback to the board, with this information the board will be able to drive successfully the foundation direction in order to increase the visibility and trust from potential new users in our platform.


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


I want to continue the hard work done during my last few months as Board of Directors in order to position users and operators in the critical patch for all decisions related to OpenStack future and direction. Help the development teams to come together nicely. Having a good integration between all the teams and satisfice all their requirements properly in a scalable way.

Have a formal representation of OpenStack Operators in the board.  Provide the right forum for Operators to influence the future of the platform based on their requirements and experiences using OpenStack.

Help the minorities to have visibility in the community.  I would like to have even more engagement with the women of OpenStack in the community as well as other minorities.

Edgar has already been nominated by:

  • Tim Bell
  • Dan Leyden
  • Shamail Tahir
  • Egle Sigler
  • Kavit Munshi
  • Tristan Goode
  • Shane Wang
  • John Davidge
  • Carol Barrett
  • Maish Saidel-Keesing