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Individual Member Profile


Mohammed Naser Community Contributor 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
OpenInfra Summit Vancouver 2023
  • My Open Source Experience: Balancing Contributing Upstream with Daily Business Activities
  • Powering Open Infrastructure: Embracing Innovation with VEXXHOST
  • Challenges & Lessons from Operating OpenStack at Scale
  • Magnum Episode IV - A New Hope: OpenStack, Kubernetes and ClusterAPI
Berlin 2022
  • 5G Innovation Ecosystem Development in Canada
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 2023 Board Elections .


What is your relationship to OpenStack Foundation (OSF), and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to the OSF and the success of its projects to date?


Our entire business is built on OpenStack, the success of the foundation which helps the marketing and growth of this service is instrumental to make it continue to function.


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've served as an individual member for a few years prior and I have been part of the OpenStack community for many years, with involvement in many different OpenInfra projects.


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


We need to more actively recruit new open source project or seek ways to combine forces with other foundations to be able to drive more traffic to our projects and our events.


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


We need to fix our tooling and stop making it so hard for contributors.  We've got a slew of people who have their own ideals of how things should be that are overly influencing the community and it indirectly leave people out of it.

Mohammed has already been nominated by:

  • Julia Kreger
  • Tobias Rydberg
  • Tim Bell
  • James Denton
  • Arne Wiebalck
  • Amy Marrich
  • Benjamin Oliff
  • Rico Lin
  • Kristi Nikolla
  • Belmiro Moreira