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Individual Member Profile


Mohammed Naser Community Constributor Award

Date Joined
March 22, 2013



Statement of Interest

Provide and Build New Public Cloud Services Based on OpenStack


Over the past 10 years, I’m happy to have watched the hosting industry transform and be part of the transformation process as it evolved from traditional physical hardware to cloud-native infrastructure, powered by OpenStack.  Since the creation of VEXXHOST, I have had the chance to work with different sorts of customers, ranging from growing small businesses to helping architect solutions for large Fortune 500 companies, based on OpenStack.  I've helped integrate other open infrastructure projects into our commercial offering.

By fostering OpenStack at it’s early days in 2011, it has helped improve the project and our service as a whole. I’ve been a contributor to the project since and I have contributed code to almost every release of OpenStack since then.  I've also served as PTL for Puppet OpenStack, continue to serve as a PTL for OpenStack-Ansible and serve on the technical commitee, chairing tthe commitee for a term.

  • VEXXHOST, Inc. - From 2006-07-19 (Current)
Community Contributor Awards
  • Key to Stack City - Sydney 2017


I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Compute Service (Nova),Networking (Neutron),Block Storage (Cinder),Image Service (Glance),Puppet Modules for OpenStack (Puppet OpenStack)

OpenStack Summit Presentations
Virtual Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai
  • How should we do billing for OpenStack deployments?
  • Bring your crazy idea
  • Superuser Awards
Denver Berlin Vancouver, BC

Speaker Profile:


Mohammed is a candidate in the January 2021 Board Elections .


What is your relationship to the Open Infrastructure Foundation, and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to Open Infrastructure Foundation's success to date?


In June 2020, it will mark almost 10 years of personal involvement within OpenStack.  I've been extremely privileged to help serve the community across several different levels, from being a contributor, a PTL, a TC member and a board member.  In addition, being around many of our users exposes to me all sorts of interesting pain points and interests to OpenStack.  I personally try to help our community aim to strive at excellence and finding ways that we can all work together to generate the best potential product.


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?


My experience so far has been serving as a board member within the (now) Open Infrastructure Foundation.  I've helped contribute and represent our contributors at the board and I've gathered a lot of experience now attending every single board meeting for the past few years (even before my current tenure as a board member).


What do you see as the Board's role in Open Infrastructure Foundation's success?


The board needs to continue to drive the community and the foundation staff to push the OIF towards being a home of colloboration and growth.  We're seeing a lot of improvement with the addition of some of these new platinum members, but there's a lot more to keep going and we're starting to gather traction right now.


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


We need to expand the OIF brand and increase the acquisiton of new members and projects in order to allow for more diversity within the OIF, while not forgetting the projects that were at the very core and start of this entire foundation.

Mohammed has already been nominated by:

  • Julia Kreger
  • Thierry Carrez
  • Allison Price
  • Allison Randal
  • Armin Ranjbar
  • Tristan Goode
  • Ahmed Khouder
  • Jay Bryant
  • Arkady Kanevsky
  • Rico Lin