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Individual Member Profile


Giuseppe Paterno'

Date Joined
August 02, 2014

SUSE From 2018-07-02 (Current)
GARL From 2008-08-01 (Current)
Canonical Ltd From 2010-09-01 To 2014-08-01
RedHat From 2006-03-01 To 2010-09-01
Statement of Interest

Making OpenStack the most used platform among enterprises, service providers and outsourcers. Aiming in fortify the core services.




It's hard to define myself, I would say that I'm a consultant. I came from the field and from the early stages of Linux, even if I contributed to many opensource projects.

I now work for SUSE as EMEA Principal Architect, also cooperating with the CTO office.

HP rates me among the global top 30 OpenStack consultant and even mentioned in Forrester Research OpenStack whitepaper “OpenStack is ready, are you?". I’ve been working in the past as an IT Architect and Security Expert for Canonical/Ubuntu, RedHat, Sun Microsystems and IBM and  named Visiting Researcher at the University of Dublin Trinity College ad-honorem.

As I’ve spent my last 22+ years in OpenSource, I had the privilege of working with the best people in the industry. This is the reason why I’ve got great relationships with HP, RedHat, SUSE, Ubuntu, Dell, Intel, Fortinet and many many others. I wrote many whitepapers and books and my latest one “OpenStack explained” helped collecting funds to help the population in Nepal after the earthquake.

I’ve been working in super-exciting field projects: creating the standard for J2ME Over-The-Air (OTA) provisioning along with Vodafone, the study of architecture and standards for the delivery of MHP applications for the digital terrestrial television (DTT) on behalf of DTT Lab and implementation of HLR for Vodafone landline services. Not mentioning the most cited OpenStack installations in telco and finance.

My aim is to bring in connection the board of director with the real world of enterprises, service providers, outsourcers and system integrators.

On my private I’m still a geek enjoying testing and being part of the OpenSource world. I’d like to transmit data in any mean, that’s why I’m a radioamateur. I’m also a chef with passion of baking and a leisure pilot on the weekends :-)

My website is and @gpaterno on Twitter


Speaker Profile:


Giuseppe is a candidate in the January 2019 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 am into the OpenStack community since the diablo release and, although I changed many "hats", I'm still very tied to the OpenStack success. I think I have done more than 1000 installations of OpenStack and 100 production deployment. I believe I contributed to spread the love of OpenStack across many companies, mostly in Europe.


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 never served in a board  as a member myself, but I'm the trusted advisor of many board members across many European companies. I sometimes take part of board meetings of larger Telecom providers, public utilities and other multinational companies. Being a CxO level trusted advisor, I believe I have the  right mix of deep-technical and high-level business skills to be able to take part of the board myself.


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


We're certainly through a period of strong  change. Kubernetes presence is ramping up, but there is still need for OpenStack, and not only for just VMs, but for being the common language for edge and regional datacenters. Privacy is also a big point of concern in many countries. I believe that the board should not only drive and foster innovation in the community, but also create the right relationships with vendors and public body such as the European Commission. Free of speech goes through open source software and open standards.


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


OpenStack has reached a good level of maturity. I believe that the board should start consolidating the community and projects in cooperation with the funding members and vendors. Moreover, I believe is in the Board duty to start talk to public bodies and foster open standards, as it happened on other open source projects. Also, tight cooperation with the kubernetes community should be key to go forward.

Giuseppe has already been nominated by:

  • Leopoldo Ceccarelli
  • Marco Napolitano
  • Vincenzo Di Somma
  • Stefano Maffulli
  • Shane Wang
  • ChangBo Guo
  • Cristiano Bellucci
  • Rosario Di Somma
  • Prakash Ramchandran
  • Rossella Sblendido