OpenStack with OpenFlow/SDN, network solution
Takashi Torii is senior expert of OpenStack and OSS technology, now based on cloud platform division in NEC, and managed OpenStack community team about over 20 engineers in Japan and India, and also doing promotion and pre-sales about OpenStack. I have been working in NEC about 20 years, firstly starting from development of networking equipment, and move to Central Research Laboratories of NEC and doing research activities about network/storage/cloud computing. About 6 years ago, I started working about OpenStack, and after that doing many activities around OpenStack. From early stages, I have been core member of OpenStack user group in Japan, and initial member of OpenStack Days Tokyo planning committee, that is now becoming big event about 3000 attendee gathering. I have also worked about open innovation community activities, such as Okinawa Open Laboratory. That is NPO based in Okinawa Prefecture established 4 years ago, to create R&D hub of SDN and Cloud OSS. From these activities, I am now the key member of OpenStack community in Japan.
I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Quantum
From the early stage of OpenStack, I have been working about OpenStack related activities. Initially my team had start developing OpenFlow Plugin for Quantum (former name of Neutron), and contribute them. That is NEC's first contribution to OpenStack community. From the experience, we learned how to contribute, and that is the seed of current community team in NEC. About our business in Japan, several big carrier users had started to use OpenStack, so we have chances to collaborate with them about using OpenStack in productions, these experiences has becoming our knowledge and competence. These activities had influenced to other service providers in Japan, and community had been growing. The one result of this is OpenStack Summit Tokyo, that can't be possible without community power in Japan. I think creating community and keeping open mind is key success factor of open source. In Japan, we can keep it and each members had good work. Now in APAC area, user group activities is growing, we can collaborate with them and grow OpenStack community in APAC.
I don't have the experience as a board member, but from 4 years ago I have been working with Okinawa Open Laboratory (OOL), that is non-profit organization collaborate with many other companies and academia in mainly APAC area. I have been doing technology lead of Cloud area working group inside OOL, and having initiative of collaboration activities. It is difficult to manage the members from different companies to create common goal, but from the experience I have learned how to set the target and motivate these type of engineer group. It is important to share the information and set the feasible steps to the goal with members having different backgound.
OpenStack is now changing its role in cloud technology and business. From the beginning, AWS is the role model and competitor of OpenStack, so in these years OpenStack has been compared with AWS, and said that AWS is strong and having rich feature than OpenStack. But now OpenStack is already the standard of private cloud infrastructure, so there is no doubt using OpenStack especially in business scene. Technology itself is important, but currently the adaptation to real user cases or environment is main concerns. To do this, flexible operation tools and connectivity with other systems and software is important. From that perspective, role of board is becoming more and more open and required to contact with other organizations or communities or countris. OPNFV is good example, so I think important to try more with other eco systems. And I have many experience of OpenStack integration with customers in Japan and APAC area, so I can be the bridge of these customers and Board.
There are two categories of activities as the Board, to inside of OpenStack, and to outside of OpenStack. To inside, keeping community healthy and active is my concern. Now OpenStack community become big, and in proportion that is becoming difficult to communicate, especially for new comers. There are many new engineers who has ideas or motivations to contribute OpenStack community, so it is important to create smooth path to enter and hear their opinion in community. I have the relations with local communities in Japan and APAC area, and from the beginning I have been working with upstream training. I can motivate them and help to corporate with community. To outside, OpenStack is already the big entity so required to doing more diplomatic work. For example, collaboration with Linux Foundation or Apache Foundation, that will be a good message for open source eco system. NEC has been doing many open source community and their governance, so I can help collaborate with them.