Co-Founder of an OpenStack focused company
Boris is the co-founder and CMO at Mirantis. Operationally responsible for Mirantis’ marketing strategy, Boris acts as a spokesperson for the company and is Mirantis’ public face in the OpenStack community. Boris' influence was instrumental in Mirantis' current focus on OpenStack.
In his role, Boris works to ensure that Mirantis’ marketing efforts don’t just promote the Mirantis brand, but also help further global awareness of the OpenStack community. To that effect, Mirantis is a regular sponsor of OpenStack summits, promotes OpenStack at unaffiliated trade shows such as Cloud Connect and OSCON, and helps run regional communities in the Bay Area, Russia, and Ukraine.
Boris continuously helps evangelize the OpenStack community by regularly blogging about it (mirantis.com/blog), talking on behalf of the community at various conferences, and engaging in business development activities to attract new member companies and contributors.
During 15 years of his professional career, Boris held several executive positions with technology companies he helped establish. He was a founder and CEO of Selectosa Systems, an IT consulting company which was subsequently acquired in 2006; and is a co-founder and angel investor at AGroup.lv, now a venture-backed enterprise software company headquartered in Europe.
I am a co-founder and CMO at Mirantis, one of the top backers and contributors to OpenStack. We've delivered OpenStack solutions to over 200 customers, trained and certified over 10,000 people on OpenStack and are working with some of the largest enterprise brands to ensure OpenStack stands strong against alternative market solutions.
My only experience so fas has been with the OpenStack board of directors, but I've been a board member since the very inception of the OpenStack foundation and know everybody on the board and in the communty.
In my opinion the primary role and the biggest challenge of the board is to evangelize and maintain relevance of OpenStack in the increasingly turmulous on-prem infrastructure market. Working with foudation staff and day-to-day govenance, of course, goes without saying.
I think the biggest challenge the Board has this year is to work with the foundation management team to re-position OpenStack in the market that is getting increasingly defined by the public cloud. Today OpenStack is competing with AWS... and it's loosing. One thing we found to be accurate through our work with clients is that while it very challenging to position OpenStack as something that is "better" than AWS, it is definitely possible to position it as more cost effective for a variety of use cases. Making the world aware of those use cases and providing solid evidence to back those is core to making OpenStack viable.
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