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Individual Member Profile


Arkady Kanevsky

Date Joined
February 21, 2013

Dell EMC From 2017-02-01 (Current)
Dell From 2013-02-21 To 2017-01-31
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cinder, ironic, tripleO, neutron, nova, keystone, glance, products, requirements, architecture, HPC




Arkady has been a member of OpenStack since Grizzly. He is director of engineering leading a team of developers responsible for development of DellEMC OpenStack solutions.  Arkady has PhD. in CS from UIUC.  He straddled academic, research, architect, developer, and product owner roles.  Arkady roles included  but not limited to, research publications and Program committee member for various conferences like FAST (, Chair or board member  of several standard activities, like DAT (,  OpenFabric ( and MPI-RT ( to product delivery, like EMC Atmos, Dell OpenStack solutions among others.


Arkady is passionate advocate of OpenStack and making its usage easier for users and administrators. He concentrates efforts of his team on extending OpenStack capabilities for enterprise use cases, from automatic deployment, and robustness, to HA, upgrade, extensibility and validation, to workload optimizations.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Cinder,Heat,Ironic,QA,Deployment

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Arkady 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 am engineering lead in charge of DellEMC openstack solutions, representing Dell, DellEMC, VMware, Pivotal, VirtuStream and other parts of Dell Technologies. I am driving a team of pationate developers to improve quality, long term support, optmization for various workloads and ability to maintain solution as a customer private cloud over long period of time. I am activelly driving DellEMC participation of extended CI and distros CI to ensure consistent Customer experience.

My personal pashion is to extend interoperability and performance results so it is usable and reproducible to end Customers. I am working within refstack, defcore, rally and product working groups driving toward it. 


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 had been a board member of OpenFabrics, DAT Collaborative, MPI and several other open source organization, driving their adoption, legal framework, and continues development. The key is collaboration toward common goals of success of oragnization while responding to unique needs of individual groups. My biggest success was transition of DAT collaborative to OpenFarnrics and inclusion its code base into Linux.


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


The role of the board to setup a clear rules of engagements that can stand long period of time to provide stability for Customers, administrarors, and developers. Clear guidance allows clear definition what OpenStack is and what it is not, allows us to adopt to new technologies and new opportunities. It also allows us to make it clear where openstack ends so vendor companies can develop their own differentation to provide vibrant openstack ecosystem.


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


First and for most, clarity. There are too many chnages happening too quickly in haphazard matter that does  not promote OpenStack goals of adoption. The consistency of rules across all projects to make pieces of the whole and joint solution rather then independent but incomplete deliverables.

One of the key needs for OpenStack is to provide guidance and support for transitioning of customer applications from baremetal and virtual environment to microservices architecture.

Stability and consistency of OpenStack as IaaS platform so customers can adopti it and optimize it for various workloads, beyond NFV and cloud native apps.