OpenStack Superusers discuss their influence on software trajectory.


"A Superuser will identify places where OpenStack can be improved, work with the community to define how to improve it, and then help to refine the requirements and potentially test once those requirements are addressed."Tim Bell, IT Infrastructure Services Manager, CERN

"It’s about being able to contribute to the community and then influence the community through contribution."Guillaume Aubuchon, CTO at Digital Film Tree

"It’s very important for AT&T to influence the future of OpenStack as we’re pivoting and expanding the scope of OpenStack, from simple backend applications and websites to something even broader."Toby Ford, AVP, IT Operations Strategic Realization at AT&T

"The most important part is that in order to be heard, you must speak up! You can’t influence how things are going or what features are being developed without being involved."Igon Bolotin, Cloud Architect at eBay Inc.

"There’s an open source cloud provider that we have access to and that we have a relationship with, so we can say what features we need, what features we need improved — given that it’s an open source product, they can then work with the OpenStack community to improve it."Kristina Clair, Senior Devops Engineer at Cisco

"We can take this and adapt/mold it to the specific needs of our business without having technology shoved down our throat."Guillaume Aubuchon, CTO at Digital Film Tree

"If we were talking to an enterprise vendor of this type of software, they would be calling it “competing requirements”. In the OpenStack project, everybody has multiple requirements, and everyone is pushing forward the things that are important to them — but, it’s all happening in parallel."Reinhardt Quelle, Operations Architect at Cisco

"When it comes to determining new features within OpenStack, it’s important for users of all sizes to get involved."Matt Van Winkle, Manager of Cloud Engineering at Rackspace

"It’s really powerful to say that working on a technology makes you excited. Really being a Superuser meant we can touch it, we can feel it, and we can help it progress."Das Kamhout, Principal Engineer and Cloud Architect at Intel