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Individual Member Profile


Russell Bryant

Date Joined
July 20, 2012

Red Hat From 2011-08-01 (Current)
Statement of Interest

Contributor and Elected Member of the OpenStack Technical Committee




Russell is a Senior Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat, Inc.  He was on the OpenStack Technical Committee from Fall 2012 until Fall 2016 and was elected to serve on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors in 2015, 2016, and 2017.  Russell has been contributing to the development of OpenStack since the Fall of 2011.  His most significant contributions around OpenStack have been to Nova and most recently Neutron and OVN.  Russell is also a project committer for Open vSwitch (OVS) and OVN.

Prior to working for Red Hat, Russell spent 7 years (2004 - 2011) working for Digium on the Asterisk project. In the later years, Russell was the leader of the Asterisk project as well as the Engineering Manager for Asterisk development at Digium.

Russell is also a published author.  Russell co-authored "Asterisk: The Definitive Guide" and "Asterisk Cookbook", published by O'Reilly Media.  He also contributed a chapter on Asterisk to the book "Architecture of Open Source Applications".

Russell graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering in the Fall of 2006.  He currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Quantum,Oslo,Openstack-ci,Release

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Russell 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've been working on OpenStack since Fall of 2011.  I was on the OpenStack Technical Committee from Fall 2012 until Fall 2016 and served on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors from January 2015 to June 2016.  My most significant development contributions around OpenStack have been to Nova and most recently Neutron and OVN.

I also work for Red Hat, where I regularly work with partners and customers on their use of OpenStack.  My career has been focused on driving success of open source software in commercial environments.  I strongly believe infrastructure should be open.  OpenStack is playing an important role in ensuring that we have a great open option for cloud infrastructure.  OpenStack has come a long way, but there is much more work to be done.  I want to continue to be a part of helping with that success.


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 have only served on the board of the OpenStack Foundation.


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


The board plays an important strategic and advisory role for the OpenStack foundation and at times, the community at large.


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


One area that strikes me as important is clarity.  OpenStack has grown in many ways, and so has the industry more broadly.  We've lost some clarity in what OpenStack provides and how it fits in with other projects in the industry.  I believe the board, in partnership with the foundation, can play a key role in working to improve this.  For example, I strongly believe that OpenStack is complementary to the projects in the container ecosystem, but that message isn't always heard very well outside of the OpenStack community.  I also strongly believe that NFV is a strategically important set of use cases for OpenStack and we should continue supporting that both inside and outside of our community.

Russell has already been nominated by:

  • Zane Bitter
  • Doug Hellmann
  • Mark Collier
  • Mark McLoughlin
  • Shane Wang
  • ChangBo Guo
  • Richard Fontana
  • Jonathan Bryce
  • Monty Taylor
  • Anni Lai