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Individual Member Profile


Boris Renski

Date Joined
August 13, 2012

Mirantis From (Current)
Statement of Interest

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.



Boris is a candidate in the 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 am the co-founder and CMO of Mirantis, a company whose focus still remains largely on OpenStack and OpenStack based managed services. I am a regular speaker and evangelist for the OpenStack product and OpenStack foundation at large. 


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 am not involved with any other non-profits, but have been an OpenStack board member since the OpenStack board member since Day 1 and participated in establishing the OpenStack foundation. 


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


I believe that OpenStack product has already largely succeeded in becoming the standard for building open source private clouds. However, as people embrace containers and public cloud, OpenStack and OpenStack foundation needs to find a way to stay relevenat. As OpenStack has grown into a large collection of loosely coupled open source projects, some of which may not be perfectly aligned with where the industry at large is going, the Board's role is to carefully walk the line between overseeing the success of the foundation (as a vehicle for promoting open source innovation) and success of the specific projects. 


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


To support the foundation team in making OpenStack foundation in becoming a credible vehicle for promoting open source innovation in areas that go beyond just initial OpenStack use case of VM-orchestration and are closer aligned with where the market is going (containers, multi-cloud, edge etc.). In practical sense this translates to helping foundation staff attract very promising new projects to join the foundation that create customer value in high impact areas. 

Boris has already been nominated by:

  • David Van Everen
  • Prakash Ramchandran