OpenStack individual director Shane Wang is the engineering manager of the Datacenter and Cloud Software (DCS) team at the Open Source Technology Center (OTC) at Intel. He’s been involved with Nova, Glance, Keystone, Horizon, Quantum, Cinder, Ceilometer and Openstack-manuals.
Wang talks to Superuser about smashing bugs, missing features and enterprise readiness.
When you ran for office, you pledged to make OpenStack more stable and usable for enterprise and telco readiness. What are your initial plans for accomplishing this?
I have a couple of plans. One of them is that I am leading the Global OpenStack Bug Smash. The goal, is to "collaborate round-the-clock, around the world, to fix as many bugs as possible across a wide range of OpenStack projects…"
I hope that it can become a regular event and be mapped into OpenStack release schedule.
The other example, is my company Intel is working with other partners like Rackspace and Mirantis to address a lot of bugs. And Intel is promoting the Cloud For All program all over the world and I am part of that, too.
You and your team published a book on OpenStack Design and Implementation — what’s next?
It has sold 10,000 copies so far. Our next step is to update the book for the second edition, because it is based on Juno…
What are some of the more persistent myths about moving to the cloud?
The cloud is not secure.
The cloud is software and software is free — however, hardware is valued.
My company is not that big, so it doesn’t need the cloud.
What will success look like for OpenStack 5 years from now?
Adoption. Success looks like the number of OpenStack adoptions in the industry.
What are you looking forward to most at the next Summit?
I am looking forward to seeing how the Technical Committee (TC) members can align with real customer needs and developer complaints. Actually, OpenStack has missed out on many features that already exist in other proprietary software like VMware, and [OpenStack] was not easy to deploy and use. I hope at the next Summit all developers and TCs and project team leads (PTLs) are able to see those features.
What’s your favorite/most important OpenStack debate?
Enterprise readiness is my favorite OpenStack debate, because OpenStack is moving forward to the private cloud adoption from the public cloud. Enterprise readiness is one of the best approaches to increase adoption for OpenStack, it’s where OpenStack can grow fast.
In this series of interviews, we’re talking to the Individual Directors on the 2016 OpenStack Board of Directors. These Directors provide oversight of the Foundation and its budget, strategy and goals. The 24-person Board is composed of eight Individual Directors elected by the Individual Members, eight directors elected by the Gold Members and eight directors appointed by the Platinum Members.