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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

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Rob 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 remain an active member of the community including speak at summits and events; however lately, I have been very involved in the Kubernetes Operations community for the last 18 months also.  I have become involved in the OpenStack Edge and OpenDev programs.

I served on the OpenStack Board for four terms where I lead the DefCore (now Interop) group.  I was instrumental in many other OpenStack programs including the project management efforts.


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 served on the OpenStack Board for four years.  I have founded multiple open source projects including Crowbar and Digital Rebar.  I started and run the Kubenetes Operators SIG.  These leadership roles make me very well prepared for returning to the OpenStack board.

I have also served on a community economic development board for my local city.  This board was governed by Texas open government laws and Robert's rules of order. 


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


Now is the time for the Board to step forward and ensure that that Foundation pivot successfully to being about Open Infrastructure instead of just the OpenStack project code base.

This will be a difficult transition and requires someone is is both familar with the Board (my past role) and has taken time away to be fully embedded in key adjacent technologies.


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


Fully pivot to Open Infrastructure community building.

Rob has already been nominated by:

  • Mike Veitch
  • Egle Sigler
  • Rob Hirschfeld
  • Bikalpa Timilsina
  • Kenneth Hui
  • Prakash Ramchandran
  • Jim Meyer
  • Willard Dennis
  • Shane Wang
  • Jun Choi