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Individual Member Profile


Sean McGinnis

Date Joined
June 11, 2014

Huawei From 2017-04-10 (Current)
Dell Inc. From 2015-09-14 To 2017-04-07
Dell, Inc. From 2002-12-02 To 2017-04-07
Statement of Interest

General involvement and cinder.




Sean McGinnis is a principal architect with Huawei in the cloud computing group. Sean was elected to the Technical Commitee in the spring of 2017. He was the Cinder block storage project Project Team Lead from the Mitaka through Pike releases, and is the current Release Management PTL.

Sean has 20 years experience working in various areas of technology across telecom, general IT, and most recently within the exciting world of storage.


OpenStack Summit Presentations

Speaker Profile:


Sean is a candidate in the January 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?


I have spent over a decade focused on how to integrate technology management to simplify operations, through both proprietary and open source solutions. I see OpenStack as a foundation for a common and prevalent platform for this going forward.

Since getting involved in OpenStack a few years ago, I have focused more and more on getting involved and contributing however I can to its success, to the point where OpenStack is now my primary job responsibility.

I believe OpenStack is a necessary foundation for a consist infrastructure automation base, enabling solutions to focus on solving their primary problems by reducing the need to focus on the platform. I am also interested in how the problems we have already solved within the OpenStack community can be used to advance the higher layers necessary to reduce dependencies on lower level infrastructure awareness.

Through my involvement on the TC, helping lead the Cinder and Release Management teams, promoting and participating in event like OpenStack Days, Operators Meetups and other community events, I have tried to advocate for the growth and evangelize its use.


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 think my experience as a board member in local government, and as a technology advisor for various non-profits, I have not only a unique perspective as a technical contributor, but also as someone who is able to look beyond the technology at the various concerns of users, operators, application developers, vendors, and adjacent communities to look at where we fit and where we can help meet some needs going forward.


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


I feel the board has a strong voice in infliencing company involvement and focus. While OpenStack is an open source project, it is by necessity a very vendor influenced and supported project. By discussing needs and opportunities with these supporting vendors, I think the board is able to get resources where they are needed to make sure the projects can succeed.


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


My biggest concern and hope for the boarad is to be able to more clearly identify where OpenStack fits in the overal technology landscape and how we can make sure we are able to be the best way to fill that gap. I feel we can only do this by open involvement with other open source and app/infrastructure communities to make sure we work well together and effeciently focus on what we need to provide the best overall solution.

Sean has already been nominated by:

  • Chris Dent
  • Emilien Macchi
  • John Griffith
  • Dean Troyer
  • Melanie Witt
  • Brian Rosmaita
  • Davanum Srinivas
  • Shane Wang
  • ChangBo Guo
  • Ivan Kolodyazhny