[openstack-dev] TC Candidacy

Monty Taylor mordred at inaugust.com
Fri Sep 30 11:46:16 UTC 2016

I would like to serve the community on the Technical Committee again.

For those of you who don't know me:

* I've served on the TC since it was the PPB.

* I founded and am past-PTL of OpenStack Infra.

* I also serve on the OpenStack Board of Directors as an Individual
Member, which is a position I've held since the formation of the Foundation.

Our culture and our commonality define us and draw us together, and
that's a good thing. We are one of the world's most successful Open
Source projects. The reason we're so successful is that we've always
valued the we over the I. We've always made choices that maxmize our
ability to work with each other, even if those choices might dimish the
ability of some 'Brilliant Jerk' to amaze us with their brilliance and
just how big of a jerk they can be.

We should continue to hold strong to our idea of an environment where
we're all equal, where we can all work together regardless of background
and where collaboration is valued in its own right.

** OpenStack is One Project. **

Together we are much greater than the sum of our parts. It's vital that
we all understand that and actively look for ways to work together. It's
hard, of course. It's much easier to hunker down with a few close
friends and shut out all the noise as distraction. However, our primary
advantage is that there are a lot of us, and that we work together. The
world is replete with projects that are tightly controlled by a single
person or a single company. We're different, and it can give us
strength. But it will only be a strength when we all pull together and
actively look for ways in which we can align with each other, rather
than looking for legalistic lists of ways in which we are required to.

As our community is one of our greatest strengths, we need to become
better at being steadfast in our adherence to each other. When our
friends get tired and decide that all of this community crap is too
hard, we need to provide them support and help them to understand that
not only is the community part not a waste of time, it is, in fact, one
of the most important aspects of who we are.

** OpenStack delivers computers via an API, not VMs. **

Any positioning that our primary unit of operation is a VM is antiquated
and wrong. Bare metal, VMs and Containers are all essential building
blocks - and more importantly each of those being able to exist in a
shared networking context able to access the same storage resources is
the ballgame. Any time any part of our community wants to suggest that
one of the three have primacy over the others, we need to lovingly but
firmly put our foot down and stand up for our users.

We are not in competition with Kubernetes, Mesos or Docker. They're all
wonderful projects that solve problems for their users. All three of
them need to run on an Infrastructure. We should be the friendliest
Infrastructure for them.

** Success is defined by empowering our Users to solve their problems. **

OpenStack has IPv6 support. None of the closed-source Public Clouds do.
We should be more proud of that. OpenStack can give you a direct L2 IP
that isn't forced to pass through a NAT layer. None of the closed-source
Public Clouds can do that. Oracle just announced that as an "exciting"
thing that would set their new Public Cloud apart. It's not exciting,
it's basic functionality that the other clouds lack, and they're late to
the party. We've had it for years, and we should be proud of that. We
should not chase mediocrity by accepting the premise that the feature
definitions in a set of existing closed-source Public Clouds are the
gospel. We should instead empower our end-users by putting the tools of
computing that they actually want in their hands, not just the tools
someone else thinks they should want.

NAT is a hack, it's not a feature. We should treat it as the lame
second-class citizen it truly is, and we should make all the other
clouds who are not us ashamed that it's the only crappy networking they
give their users. We should continue to love our users.

** The world is a really big place with a bunch of really wonderful
people. **

We have OpenStack Public Clouds all over the world, in more geographical
locations than any of the closed-source Public Clouds. We should all be
proud of that. There is not a US-centric single giant OpenStack Public
Cloud ... but that's a good thing, not a failure. Single clouds are
single points of failure, both from a technology standpoint and from a
'random executive has an agenda' standpoint. An ecosystem of clouds
running the same software but run by different operators with different
needs and goals is an ecosystem we should all be proud of - and we can
be proud of that today.

We have grassroots OpenStack communities world-wide full of amazing
people. We have people all over the world who are solving problems with
OpenStack. We should all be proud of that.

** There are still plenty of challenges ahead of us. **

The end user experience with OpenStack is scattered and deployer
decisions leak through APIs in too many places. We can and should fix that.

Even though we've spent years working on consolidation, we still have a
fragmented Operations story. It turns out there are a considerable
number of OpenStack clouds out there being run by teams of 3-4 people -
but our project organizational structure lends itself to assuming that
cloud operators will have a team-per-service. Having an operational team
per OpenStack service might be a choice some of the largest Operators
make - but even then it's an exceptionally wasteful model and should not
be what we assume is the norm. We can and should continue to
aggressively improve the consistency of experience for our Operators in
addition to our End Users.

The world is not just written in Python. The time has come for us to
develop a legitimate story about what non-Python API services look like
in an OpenStack context. However, our community, its ability to
collaborate effectively, our Operators and our End Users are all more
important than any individual's personal preferences. Accordingly, our
exploration of new options must be done in the context of our existing
users and projects. We already have risen to an exceptionally difficult
challenge of balancing stable releases AND continuous delivery as
equally important delivery vehicles. We cannot accept new service
languages into the fold until both delivery use cases have compelling
stories, else we risk regressing on the progress we've made in this
space so far.

We have a lot of work to do, but we can do it if we work together. I'd
like to continue helping, and will do everything I can to ensure that we

Thank you.

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