OpenStack Board of Elections start today; a few words about the issues

Alex Freedland, Mirantis Blog - January 12, 2015 - ,

Alex FreedlandElections for the Independent seats on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors begin today and run through January 16, so I wanted to take a moment to speak with you.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve on the Board of the OpenStack Foundation in 2014 and I am asking for you, the Foundation membership, to support my candidacy for Independent Board Member for 2015.

At Mirantis, I run the Community Initiatives. Under my leadership, in 2014 Mirantis has become the top-3 contributor to OpenStack by commits and reviews (according to Juno stats) and we are the only private company amongst Top-10 contributors). I also spearheaded the following initiatives in 2014:

  1. Increasing the interoperability and visibility of the driver ecosystem for OpenStack – via the launch of the DriverLog Initiative ( To date, 108 entries have been registered, with many plugging into the 3rd party CI to ensure interoperability.

  2. Building internal support and dedicating Mirantis resources to helping pass the Big Tent initiative, enabling competition among implementations inside OpenStack in order to prevent stagnation of the community.

  3. Helping to keep Foundation finances in check by chairing the Finance Committee.  

The upcoming year will be essential to the success of OpenStack, as enterprises finally begin to deploy in larger numbers. We must ensure that OpenStack retains its position in this space so we don’t lose all of the ground that we’ve gained. In 2015, the three most important challenges where I will personally contribute are:

  1. Helping drive the strategy for how OpenStack and containers work together collaboratively.

  2. Increasing the speed of innovation while greatly increasing OpenStack’s robustness and scale via the DefCore and Big Tent initiatives.

  3. Focusing on expanding OpenStack’s capabilities by creating structure and incentive for outside vendors to collaborate with OpenStack

Even if you choose not to vote for me, please do vote; this year’s ballot includes changes to the bylaws that require 25% participation by the electorate, so it’s important for you to make yourself heard.

Thank you, and I hope I can count on your support.

Alex Freedland

Co-Founder and Chairman

Mirantis, Inc.

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