Do you have a story around CI / CD, edge computing or container infrastructure? Submit to the Summit CFP by February 8     Submit now

Individual Member Profile

2805_profile_photo

Robert Esker


Date Joined
August 02, 2012

Affiliations
NetApp From 2013-09-30 (Current)
Statement of Interest

development, deployment


Twitter
LinkedIn
IRC
esker

 

Bio

Rob's been involved in the OpenStack community dating to its origin in 2010. He founded NetApp’s OpenStack effort and is presently serving in his third term as a member of the foundation's Board of Directors. He's contributed to the community and overall adoption of OpenStack in capacities ranging from having co-founded the Manila project, to architecting some of the earliest OpenStack on NetApp deployments, to co-chairing the Board's membership committee, as a summit track curator, to frequently speaking at design summits, conferences and user groups globally.   His tenure at NetApp has spanned from co-founder of NetApp’s cloud architecture team, to currently leading product & strategy for Open Ecoystem projects and technologies.

In addition to his role in the OpenStack community he also sits on the Cloud Native Computing Foundation's (CNCF) Governing Board. 
 
Prior to NetApp, Rob was at Apple from 1998-2006.  He served in a variety of roles including as Technical Attaché to the CEO and the Board of Directors reporting directly to Steve Jobs. He’s a former U.S. Marine, and resides in Austin, Texas with his wife & two daughters.

 


OpenStack Summit Presentations

Speaker Profile:

 

Robert is a candidate in the 2018 Board Election .


Q

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?

A

I've contributed to the community and overall adoption of OpenStack in capacities ranging from having co-founded the Manila project, to architecting some of the earliest OpenStack on NetApp deployments, to co-chairing the Board's membership committee, as a summit track curator, to frequently speaking at design summits, conferences and user groups globally.  I'm also an advocate for cooperation and reuse amongst the multiple open communities I straddle (which regularly involves opportunities for making use of OpenStack facilities elsewhere).

Q

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?

A

I've been a member of the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors for the last three years and also sit on the Cloud Native Computing Foundation's (CNCF) Governing Board as well presently.  Previously, I've been involved in a variety of unrelated non-profits in non Board capacities. 

Q

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

A

Principally to work in concert with the Operators community, the Technical Committe, and the broader community to safeguard, grow, and promote the value of our shared endeavor.  As a Gold Director it's also important to represent the interests of the broader Gold member cadre.

Q

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

A

As OpenStack overall proceeds into new maturation stages it's important the Board act to ensure the long term viability and future success of the endeavor.  That will likely mean re-examining conventions and processes that might have made more sense for prior stages of development.  It will also almost certainly mean working to ensure harmonious co-existence with other commonly employed and complementary open communities.