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User Committee

As the number of production OpenStack deployments increase and more ecosystem partners add support for OpenStack clouds, it becomes increasingly important that the communities building services around OpenStack guide and influence the product evolution. The OpenStack User Committee mission is to:

If you are an OpenStack user, please take the OpenStack User Survey and join the mailing list to help the User Committee better define user requirements and serve the community. If you are interested in volunteering to help with User Committee efforts, please email the mailing list.

The user committee is led by a core group five individuals, who provide oversight and guidance to a number of working groups that target specific areas for improvement.


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Edgar Magana

Company
Workday 
Bio

I am currently member of the Board of Directors and I want to continue in this position because I am working very hard in making an impact for the benefit of all developers and users (operators, end users, app developers, etc.). In my very short period as Board Member (lest that six months) I have already proposed changes to the Foundation bylaws and I will continue my work even if I am not elected for the next year because I have passion and love for OpenStack. I need your support because we are already making a difference and I want to keep it that way. I am not the type of member just sitting in a chair drinking coffee, I always speak up and make the difference that we need in our Foundation for our own benefit, better engagement and increase of the community membership.

I am part of the Cloud Operations and Infrastructure team for one of the biggest SaaS providers. My current role as OpenStack consumer is giving me a different opinion about what OpenStack should integrate and how it can be consumed easier and more scalable for both Service Providers and Entreprises. I am planning to provide my experience to the OpenStack Board in order to drive its direction based on the interest of the Operators and Users, never influenced by technology-specific vendors. 

Professionally, I have a PhD on Distributed Systems and I have specialized on Cloud Computing, Network Virtualization, Software-defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), OpenFlow and the most important OpenStack. During my last three positions at Cisco, PLUMgrid and Workday I have completed successful OpenStack deployment in heterogeneous and scalable infrastructures, from vendor specific hardware to commodity one. All improvements have been shared and I have created extended experience on configuration languages such as Puppet and Chef.

 

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Matt Van Winkle

Company
Rackspace 
Bio

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.

 

Melvin Hillsman

Company
Huawei 
Bio

I began my OpenStack experience as hobbyist and moved on to be an OpenStack Support Engineer with Rackspace, focused on succeeding technically while providing excellent service and support. Since initially engaging with OpenStack, I became extremely passionate about its success in every market across the globe. In just under two years I succeeded in creating an OpenStack Meetup in Houston, TX, becoming one of the leaders of the Ops Meetups Team, and leading the reboot of the OSOps Project. Additionally I am able to work with community operators, application developers, and end users as a member of the OpenStack User Committee.

I live in the great city of Houston, TX with my awesome family and enjoy spending most of my time learning more about the information and technology field from innovations in microprocessing, changes in DataCenter infrastructure, to the latest trends in Cloud Computing.

 

Saverio Proto

Company
SWITCH 
Bio
Saverio Proto is a Openstack Cloud Engineer at SWITCH. He works in NRENs
since 2011, first in Italy and then in Switzerland. He has significant
experience in running critical infrastructures using Open Source
software. At SWITCH he works together with the Infrastructure & Data
team, to deliver an Openstack based cloud to the Swiss Universities.
 

Shamail Tahir

Company
athenaHealth 
Bio

 

 

I have been in the OpenStack community since 2013 and I am currently participating in the Product WG, Enterprise WG and I also helped to define the newly created Active User Contributor (AUC) designation in the OpenStack community. At Athenahealth, I am focused on our infrastructure/cloud services strategy, operations, and participate extensively in OpenStack user committee initiatives.  My background includes server/network operations, pre and post-sales engineering, as well as being a technologist focused on cloud and cloud-related eco-systems (Containers, CloudFoundry, Mesos, K8s, FaaS, etc.)

I am passionate about OpenStack and our community, emerging technologies, implications of technology shifts on datacenter architectures, and driving use-case based technology adoption.