John is an independent cloud and security advisor providing product guidance for new cloud and security products coming to market and technical risk assessments of SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS products.
John leads the OpenStack San Diego, Chicago and New York official user group getting the community excited about OpenStack! He runs an OpenStack cloud for the community so user group members can try out the things they learn at the monthly meetings. John helps support other meetup groups as an OpenStack US Ambassador.
He got involved with OpenStack after being involved security cloud environments for one of his clients. He loves the flexibility of OpenStack and being able to get his hands dirty tinkering with cloud environments.
For the last twenty years, John has been providing technical risk management services evaluating complex distributed systems for potential operational and security risk. Consulting for the telecommunications, pharmaceutical, and financial services industries, he performs audits and assessments of internal systems and external vendor platforms to identify compliance and security risks. He’s a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and Carnegie Mellon University.