April 25-29, 2016

Speaker Details

Andrew Leasck

Andrew Leasck is a Director responsible for AT&T Integrated Cloud (AIC) development, automation, and community participation.

In 2015 his teams delivered cloud automation tooling, known as OpsSimple, that deployed 74 OpenStack clouds globally in three distinct virtual reference architectures.  In parallel to his product engineering effort he organized an internal community-first initiative by creating a dedicated development program committed to the advancement of OpenStack while also accelerating the expansion of internal competency.

2016 was a natural progression in both AIC product and Community development engineering programs.  AIC Product focused heavily on mechanizing the platform upgrade capabilities required to uplift both OpenStack and Contrail.  The community engineering program rallied around leadership commitment and dedicated themselves to various platform advancement items critical to enterprise success.  AT&T has continued to demonstrate continued commitment to OpenStack release over release increasing commit ranking in five straight cycles (Liberty - 57 to Pike - 10th)

2017 has focused heavily on fully automating various pipelines to accelerate the delivery of business critical scope.  Automation advancements have proved the key to achieving scaled vNF enablement.  There is continued focus on the eliminating challenges faced during the vNF lifecycle.  Innovation has been the other area of focus as AIC moves towards a containerized reference architecture.  OpenStack Helm and other K8s companion projects such as Armada, Dry Dock, and Promenade (among others) is a continuation of AT&T’s commitment to working openly in the community to achieve business critical initiatives.          

Previously he co-authored an Interface normalization patent and more recently received an ITO award for driving AT&T’s Agile transformation, adopting Scrum and XP fundamentals. He attended University of Missouri graduating from the School of Engineering with a degree in Computer Science.