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Individual Member Profile


Giuseppe Paterno'

Date Joined
August 02, 2014

Alchemy Solutions From 2015-10-01 (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.

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 http://www.gpaterno.com and @gpaterno on Twitter



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Swift,Glance,Keystone,Quantum

Speaker Profile:


Giuseppe 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?


I'm a consultant and worked for RedHat and Canonical in several openstack projects.Once upon a time, I was a proactive contributor in terms of code, now I'm advocating OpenStack among enterprises and big companies, as well as architecting the most popular clouds in Europe.

I am currently involved in eBay and several telcos and financial institutions across 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 started being a member of non-profits organizations after I fell in love with Linux in 1996. I was in the board of the italian Linux member and currently among the organizers of FOSDEM. I pretty know well both the community and the market, bridging the gap and understanding how an organization can mediate between community and real world of enterprises.


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


The board should give the right direction of OpenStack... with proper guidance and being tight to users and vendors, it woud drive the route to the future of OpenStack. Board members should listen to the market, the users and the developers. Vendors should play the parts, but the board should make sure that the everyday requirements are met. The risk is that you would end up with projects that nobody uses or does not fit the real world of everyday users.


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


The top priority is focus to the end users. Listening to them is very key. We need to touch base with possibly all the users and understand which direction to go.

One of my main goal is -for example- introducing an LTS (long term support) schema to OpenStack. This requirements comes from the field, as users can't upgrade their infrastructure every 6 months. Using a schema such as the one in use in Ubuntu would fit the speed of development and early adopters, while giving the peace of mind to the user base.


Giuseppe has already been nominated by:

  • Boris Rensen
  • Vincenzo Di Somma
  • Antonio Messina
  • Ettore Simone
  • Nicolas Thomas
  • Paolo Velati
  • Jose Plans
  • Matteo Panella
  • Federico Iezzi
  • Bart van den Heuvel