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Individual Member Profile


Matt Van Winkle

Date Joined
March 05, 2013



Statement of Interest

Raising the voice of the Operator in the community. Helping find better ways to scale OpenStack. Running large clouds.


I serve an amazingly talented group responsible for running the Rackspace public cloud. I have been with the company in various roles for over 13 years.  My primary task is helping my teams of engineers and developers build the software that manages our constantly growing fleet of servers, enables easier day to day operations for our 24X7 Ops teams and facilitates smoother deployments by our software teams working on upstream OpenStack and other projects relative to our public cloud offering.

We have been growing our OpenStack based cloud since its launch in August, 2012.  It began in 3 regions with a few hundred hosts and is now in 6 separate geographic locations, has 10's of 1000's of hypervisors and contains well over 1 Petabyte of RAM under Nova management.  This cloud provides resources to an ever growing spectrum of users from all types industries, sectors and organizations.

Since late last year, I've had the pleasure of working with several in the community in elevating the voice and role of "Operators" within OpenStack.  I've helped with planning mini-summits, Ops meetup sessions in Atlanta and working closely with the Large Deployment team that met in Paris, Vancouver and beyond.

  • Salesforce - From 2018-06-11 (Current)
  • Rackspace - From 2013-03-05 (Current)


I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Compute Service (Nova),Networking (Neutron),Object Store (Swift),Block Storage (Cinder),Image Service (Glance)

OpenStack Summit Presentations
  • User Committee BoF
Vancouver, BC Boston
  • Large Deployment Team - Session 1 of 2
  • Large Deployment Team - Session 2 of 2
Barcelona, Spain
  • Large Deployment Team - Planning the Week
  • Large Deployment Team - Recapping the week
  • Large Deployment Team Working group
Tokyo Vancouver Paris OpenStack Summit Atlanta

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