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Individual Member Profile


Rob Hirschfeld

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

RackN From 2014-10-03 (Current)
OpenStack Board From 2012-10-01 (Current)
Dell From 2009-12-15 To 2014-10-03
Statement of Interest

Leading the "What is Core" Definition (DefCore) and supporting OpenStack Product (Hidden Influencers)




I've been involved in OpenStack since the earliest days with a focus on ops and building the infrastructure that powers cloud and storage. 

On the board, I've lead the DefCore initative and founded the Product Working Group.  I also work to help screen and coach new Gold Members.  I am a strong advocate for operators and interoperability.

I believe that the OpenStack community is service by having a clearly defined core.  I feel that we need to do a better job defining and building an ecosystem around the project.

I maintain an open balanced perspective and respect other people's points of view.

You can read more about my thoughts and positions regarding OpenStack and Cloud on my blog:



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Horizon,Cinder,Ironic,Openstack-ci,Deployment

OpenStack Summit Presentations

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Rob 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 served on the board and participated deeply in the community inclulding leading the DefCore initiative.


I think OpenStack is in deep trouble and needs strong leadership to refocus on core, integrated deliverables.


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 was on the OpenStack board for four years.


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


The Board is the ultimate authority for OpenStack.  In times of difficult change, it is the Board's responsibility to make those hard decisions and back them up with action.


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


Focusing on delivering a working, stable core and moving all other efforts into the ecosystem.

Rob has already been nominated by:

  • Adriel Cabrera
  • Egle Sigler
  • Anand Shah
  • Shane Wang
  • Vladimir Popovski
  • Mark Smith
  • Terri Schlosser
  • Laurence Brockman
  • Willard Dennis
  • Shamail Tahir