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Individual Member Profile


Roland Chan

Date Joined
December 09, 2013

Aptira From 2013-09-10 (Current)
Statement of Interest

To develop OpenStack into the leading cloud OS choice.


I’m Roland Chan, COO of Aptira. I have a background in software development, technical and commercial operations across digital media, service provider and consulting.

I work with Aptira’s customers to determine how OpenStack can be used to deliver real benefit to their organisations. Through this I gain direct insight into how OpenStack is perceived and used in the wild.

Aptira has been a member of the Board since its inception. We are a startup headquartered in the Asia-Pacific region, and as such bring a different view to the board table on many topics. We feel that this diversity of opinion, stemming from our location and size, is of great importance to the quality of the board's work.

I am committed, as is all of Aptira, to the success of OpenStack across the entire spectrum of the IT industry. We will continue to push for positive change to OpenStack at all levels, from the Board down to grassroots organisation and participation.


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Roland 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?


Aptira brings diversity to the governance of OpenStack. As an APAC small services provider we bring an alternative viewpoint to that of large, global organisations.

OpenStack’s true openness makes it the only software defined infrastructure framework that allows anyone to build innovative solutions. For this reason, OpenStack’s continued success is important to anyone interested in building large scale technology solutions, myself included. 

Personally, my contributions to OpenStack’s success have been to continue on with Aptira’s advocacy for diversity and user/customer focus. If successful at this election, I will be continuing to build on the long history of contributions that Aptira has made to OpenStack at the Board level: 

- championing Travel Support for Summit attendees

- calling for certification of Training services and outcomes

- suggesting Ops Meetups

- arguing for the importance of Diversity



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 have sat on the Board of the Foundation since assuming Aptira’s seat in May 2015, during which time I have participated in a number of initiatives that the Board has initiated, most recently on the initial Diversity Survey.

The experience of working with the Board this year reinforces a key feature of my previous experiences. A successful organisation must actively listen to it’s constituents and its customers/consumers and constantly realign itself to best serve their needs.


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



The Board’s role is to guide, inform, review and lead both the Foundation itself and also the community at large. Whilst it clearly does not contribute to the critical technical and associated process that actually creates OpenStack, the Board must take a leading role in establishing and maintaining an environment within which the technical contribution community can excel.

This means that the Board must have the broadest possible view of the perception and performance of all facets of OpenStack: the users, the developers, all parts of our diverse community and the software itself. Only then can the Board seek to identify the challenges we face and help the Foundation and community meet them.

In the time that I’ve been involved, the board has been partially successful in these areas. There has been good work done in reinvigorating the User committee, and we now have a more diverse set of Gold Sponsors on board. The board must continue to listen to all areas on the community and drive change where we see the need.



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


There are two challenges that require attention from the board. 

Firstly, how does OpenStack respond to new technical challenges that arise from its successful deployments? We need to determine which segments or use cases are naturally a best fit for OpenStack and ensure that our overall direction plays to those strengths.

Secondly, how does we manage the rapid increase in OpenStack’s popularity in new geographies, particularly Asia? Explosive growth is good, but requires careful management to maximise the benefit for the community.