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Individual Member Profile

John Devereaux COA Certified

Date Joined
November 18, 2013

Rackspace From 2016-03-07 (Current)
Mirantis From 2013-11-11 To 2016-01-08
Statement of Interest

Understanding and proper deployment of OpenStack including developing applications via developers quickly


Designing Hybrid Clouds integrating OpenStack Hosted with OpenStack Private. Working on Containers to integrate AWS and Azure with OpenStack. Containers are a standard - and you can develop such applications via developers in OpenStack and have the choice to push it to an OpenStack Production Environment, an Amazon AWS Environment, or a Microsoft Azure Environments due to standards and not being forced to use proprietary formats. 


Speaker Profile:


John 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?


My relationship to OpenStack is to help promote and accelerate adoption in the enterprise and in government. You need to have a perspective on what is going on in the enterprise including trends/changes that potential customers are seeking for. You also need to provide guidance and leadership to the engineering teams to see the forest through the trees regarding the benefits of such solutions not just for the customer but for the industry. You need to push engineering and push customers into a path that will be beneficial to both for the short and long-term as well as benefit the community by addressing a growing need that was a gap that proprietary competitors have addressed or worked around. You need to help the community projects see the technical as well as the business reasons for such changes in order to make OpenStack relevant in a very competitive market.  A famous trends forecaster always stated: "Current Events form future trends, where we are and where we are going"


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?


Working with major open source corporations gives you certain levels of perspectives by looking at issues or situations from different viewpoints because you learn different methods, different philosophies, and gain perspectives from leaders in the industry. Working at Redhat helped me understand the Community and the importance of transparency of code to allow developers to work together in projects where the PTL ( Product Technical Lead) provides direction and focuses the group on specific goals to achieve at certain fixed release cycle dates for the technology. Oracle helped me understand the stack - that the infrastructure supports the applications and at Oracle, the motto is: "the apps, the apps, the apps - everything is about the apps". At Mirantis - I got the experience to work with development in Russia and also the Ukraine regarding OpenStack Development and also the mistakes that occurred to avoid in the future. Rackspace gives me the perspective of not only OpenStack Development but also OpenStack Operations including Datacenter Operations and how Management-as-a-Service is the next phase in helping OpenStack to be adopted faster by removing the complexities from the potential customers. 


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


The board's role is to provide vision in achieving targeted goals either in business or technology or both. The board is the face of the OpenStack Community where they help guide and also provide leadership with the PTLs to ensure that projects are focusing on specific vital targeted areas and also to meet release cycles while ensuring stability with the help of key beta testers and customers that are willing to be beta sites to test in scale. The board is the voice of direction for the community and also looks at issues that have yet to be resolved and some yet to be addressed for years and need to take the bull by the horns - working with key engineering making project targets in agreed timelines to address critical limitations in order to make OpenStack continuously attractive to potential and current customers and users to ensure its continuation with / against other alternatives. 


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


The board needs to look at megacloud - how to use containers to have testing environments in OpenStack to be production and to be able to migration to AWS, Azure, or Public OpenStack while having Private Cloud be used for development and also to house classified or intellectual property and use hybrid solutions to have applications in the public cloud - regardless of the platform due to governance and compliance while making OpenStack the tool to use to bridge different platforms using a common framework - containers to rapidly deploy on the scale. This is something I am pushing at Rackspace because Microsoft is not going away and neither is Amazon or Google with the cash they have but due to security and Mr. Snowden's excellent speech at the Boston Summit - Private Cloud is the best platform to use not just for development but also for housing IP / Classified data and where you can enforce security policies while having public traffic from any provider come in and access to auditing services for security. 

John has already been nominated by:

  • Achim Dreyer