If registered, you have 8 votes to allocate as you wish. You will get a link via email – you must use that link.
Joseph B George and I are cross-blogging this post because we are jointly seeking your vote(s) for individual member seats on the OpenStack Foundation board. This is key point in the OpenStack journey and we strongly encourage eligible voters to participate no matter who you vote for! As we have said before, success of the Foundation governance process matters just as much as the code because it ensures equal access and limits forking.
We think that OpenStack succeeds because it is collaboratively developed. It is essential that we select board members who have a proven record of community development, a willingness to partner and have demonstrated investment in the project.
Our OpenStack vision favors production operations by being operator, user and ecosystem focused. If elected, we will represent these interests by helping advance deployability, API specifications, open operations and both large and small scale cloud deployments.
Of the nominees, we best represent OpenStack users and operators (as opposed to developers). We have the most diverse experience in real-world OpenStack deployments because our solution has been deployed broadly (both as Dell and through Crowbar. We have a proven record of collaborating broadly with contributors, demonstrated skills at building the OpenStack community and doing real open source work to ensure that OpenStack is the most deployable cloud platform anywhere.
Let’s get specific about our leadership in the OpenStack project and community:
We have been active and vocal leaders in the OpenStack community
- our team has established two very active user groups (Austin & Boston)
- we have lead multiple world-wide deploy day events (March 2012 & May 2012).
We were the first OpenStack powered private cloud provider
- we have substantial experience in the field and know the challenges of running OpenStack for a wide variety of real-world deployments
- our first solution came out on Cactus! We’ve been delivering on Essex since OSCON 2012 (http://www.oscon.com/ ).
- We represent a broad range of deployment scenarios ranging from hosting, government, healthcare, retail, education, media, financial and more!
- We have broad engagements and partnerships at the infrastructure (SUSE, Canonical, Redhat), consulting (Canonical, Mirantis) and ecosystem layers (enStratus) and beyond!
- We have a proven track record of collaboration instead of forking/disrupting – a critical skill for this project reflected by our consistent actions to preserve the integrity of the project.
- We have led the “make OpenStack deployable” campaign with substantial investments (open source Crowbar, white papers, documentation & cookbooks.
- We have very long and consistent history with the project starting even before the first OpenStack summit in Austin.
Of course, we’re asking for you to consider for both of us; however, if you want to focus on just one then here’s the balance between us. Rob (bio) is a technologist with deep roots in cloud technology, data center operations and open source. Joseph is a business professional with experience new product introduction and enterprise delivery.
Not sure if you can vote? If you registered as an individual member then your name should be on the voting list. In that case, you can vote between 8/20 and 8/24.