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Individual Member Profile

Christopher Price

Date Joined
May 15, 2014

Ericsson AB From 2017-10-13 (Current)
Ericsson Software Technology From 2017-09-01 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Working with the community, networking focused




I am focused on, and passionate about, open source technologies for next generation networks.  Primarily a developer my career has been focused on building and deploying networking technologies for global and carrier networks, more recently my attention has turned to open source community and technology advancement. 

A strong believer in collaborative development and open technology ecosystem enablement I am fully invested in exposing technology through open source for global adoption and advancement.


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Christopher 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 a consumer of openstack technology for many years I became an active community member during 2014.  Not a significant contributor to the community my role has been as advocate and spokesperson for the community both on behalf of Ericsson and other related industry bodies.

I have spoken regularly at a variety of OpenStack summits and events on networking related technollgies and the role of OpenStack, I continue to believe openstack will play a central role in the evolution and management of next generation networks and the evolutiono of the internet. 


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 current serve as the community elected board member of the OPNFV, having beena member of the board since the communities inception.  I formerly served two terms as TC chairperson of OPNFV establishing a strong carrier user community of OpenStack and developing string community ties and integration across communities. 

In addition I serve on the FD.io board aimed at developing networking and forwarding technologies. I also served on the OpenDaylight TC for many years helping incubate and develop open source networking technologies.

I believe strongly in close ties between community and board members to develop a healthy and productive culture in open source communities.


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


The board needs to balance the need for community enablement and driving technology adoption for commercial application.  It is important that the community needs and overall the ecosystem health is top of mind for the board to ensure OpenStack remains a leader in virtualisation technology. 

Continuing to foster ecosystem development and develop community relationships would be a priority for me.


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


Maintaining the balance between community and technology growth and commercial application will be critical thorugh 2017.  We need to continue to romote the big tent for incubation of new ideas and communities while further forging the foundation that is OpenStack and promoting it through a variety of markets.