[openstack-dev] TC Candidacy

Elizabeth K. Joseph lyz at princessleia.com
Wed Apr 22 04:45:01 UTC 2015


On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 9:33 PM, Robert Collins
<robertc at robertcollins.net> wrote:
> Hello everybody, I'm announcing my candidacy for the TC.
> I loved Jay's list of reasons [not ]to vote for him - and I'd like you
> to apply those to me too :).
> [http://lists.openstack.org/pipermail/openstack-dev/2015-April/062234.html]
> I think OpenStack is facing several key challenges at the moment.
> We've scaled our community but progress on scaling individual projects
> is slower. This is a complicated, thorny project, with many
> contributing factors. Everything from the basic primitives we make
> consistently available (such as exposing notifications to API clients,
> or what our RPC layer can do) through social factors (who can review,
> what reviews are for) and the sheer technical complexity involved in
> our CI system. The IT world hasn't slowed down since OpenStack was
> founded, and there is more and more need for us to move fast and
> execute well on the desires of our contributors - because those
> desires are driven by a need to solve real problems they [or their
> users/customers] are facing.
> Our product (OpenStack) is becoming balkanized. Operations that should
> be easy and consistent across many clouds are not, and it is becoming
> harder. Again there are many contributing factors: each service has
> its own domain with gnarly backends, different things that are slow or
> fast or flaky, and a different group of engineers discussing what the
> API should look like, how it should behave, and what is or isn't in
> scope. OpenStackClient as a consistent Python API to such things is a
> good step, but the heart of the problem lies in how we're defining the
> interface users use. We need to find some way to bring together the
> folk building the individual services to provide a consistent
> experience for users. Our APIs need to be predictable, simple and easy
> to work with.
> And these join together to form the third challenge: delivering on our
> vision: "to produce the ubiquitous Open Source Cloud Computing
> platform that will meet the needs of public and private clouds
> regardless of size, by being simple to implement and massively
> scalable''. Thierry put it well when he said we had been caught in the
> middle tier - neither very small nor very large clouds are a good fit
> for OpenStack. We're failing many potential users because of this.
> Last time I was on the TC I felt I helped OpenStack, but I did not run
> for re-election because I knew I had not helped as much as I could,
> and I wanted to avoid trying to eek out enough time to do so. My lack
> of time was due to being a PTL at the same time. I am not a PTL - and
> won't run for PTL in any project if I'm on the TC; I no longer believe
> there is enough time in a week to do justice to both the PTL and TC
> offices. If elected I'll be able to devote the majority of my time to
> the TC and related issues - making me much more effective - so I can
> help shift the dial on all the challenges we face.
> -Rob
> --
> Robert Collins <rbtcollins at hp.com>
> Distinguished Technologist
> HP Converged Cloud
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Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph || Lyz || pleia2

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