My focus is on the sustained community and commercial success of the OpenStack cloud platform, and the ongoing efforts of the OpenStack Foundation in the open-source cloud, edge, container, and virtualization ecosystems.
As the Engineering Manager at Canonical, Ryan leads a global team of open-source software developers who focus on delivering upgradable, supportable distribution methodologies and lifecycle automation tooling surrounding OpenStack, Ceph, and other open-source software infrastructure projects. He and his team produce and maintain the Ubuntu Cloud Archive, one of the long-standing primary vehicles for OpenStack consumption. His team's efforts ensure that OpenStack is a first-class citizen in the widely popular Ubuntu Linux distribution.
Ryan is an active member of the Board of Directors of the OpenStack Foundation. He serves on the board’s finance committee, placing a strong personal focus on the areas of community and commercial sustainability. He is a core reviewer in the OpenStack Charms project and a contributor to various other open-source projects, both within and adjacent to the OpenStack communities.
In 2018, he helped form the Ceph Foundation, bringing together Ubuntu, Canonical, the Ceph community, and many other organizations to support the ongoing needs of the Ceph project which is an important open-source distributed storage component in many OpenStack and Kubernetes distributions.
His background is in network engineering, software development, and open-source system integration. His managed services business was acquired by a regional US-based ISP/telecom in 2009, after 9 years of successful operations. He served as Director of Operations at the telecom, leading its private cloud infrastructure engineering and deployment efforts before shifting gears to focus on OpenStack and Ubuntu in 2014.
I am an active member of the Board of Directors of the OpenStack Foundation. I serve on the board’s finance committee and I place a strong focus on the areas of community sustainability and commercial viability. I am a core reviewer in the OpenStack Charms project and a contributor to various other open-source projects, both within and adjacent to the OpenStack communities.
While recognizing the importance of a healthy “distro balance” within the OSF ecosystem, I want to highlight the specific accomplishments of my team in terms of increasing OpenStack adoption and market share in general. I lead the OpenStack Engineering team at Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu Linux). I’m proud of my own, and of my team’s specific contributions to OpenStack’s success through our work in upstream projects, the Ubuntu Cloud Archive, the Ubuntu Server distribution, and neighboring projects.
It is not a stretch to say that I place as much importance on any given project’s ease of consumption as I do on the awesomeness of the project itself. And, that is where my mind is and has been with regard to OpenStack since my entry into the community in 2014.
The most directly-relevant and recent experience that has prepared me for this opportunity is my current role as a Director on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors (2019), and my part in helping to found the Ceph Foundation (2018).
Somewhat unrelated, but still mentionable and related fun facts about me include: Former Parent-Teacher-Association (PTA) secretary for our kids’ elementary school (2016-2017), former Region-5 Director of the Kansas Disc Golf Association (2006-2007), and former Board Member and Secretary for a private Homeowner’s Association in Missouri (2016-2017).
The OSF confirmed and pilot projects (OpenStack, Kata Containers, Zuul, Airship, and Starling X) represent a diverse ecosystem of developers, communities, members, and companies, collaboratively producing open source infrastructure software to address concrete, modern challenges in cloud computing and other areas of strategic focus.
The Board of Directors are here to carry out the established by-laws and resolutions of the OpenStack Foundation (OSF), and to continue to foster and evolve the Foundation’s effectiveness and usefulness to the members and to the projects that it represents and that represent the OSF.
OpenStack’s continued commercial viability and community sustainability are at the top of my list, followed very closely by our ongoing efforts toward incubating strategic-area pilot projects and supporting the confirmed projects.