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Two Firsts: The OpenContrail Governance Summit and an OpenContrail Community Director

By June 9, 2017Community

In April, I mapped out a Blueprint for Building the OpenContrail Community. In May, we expanded on the concepts in that post at the OpenContrail User Group meetup in Boston at OpenStack Summit.

Today, we’re taking two new and important steps toward empowering the OpenContrail community by announcing the first OpenContrail Governance Summit and the first OpenContrail Community Director, Greg Elkinbard.

The First First:  The first OpenContrail Summit

This half-day event will be held on Wednesday, June 28, at TekSystems in San Jose. Members of the OpenContrail community will gather plan the future of the OpenContrail project.

Discussion items will focus on how to structure the governance of the project going forward, including building a common vision for the project and community, as well as stakeholder alignment. Time permitting, we’ll touch on go-forward priorities such as:

  • driving greater adoption
  • making deployment and management easier
  • improving the upstream contribution process
  • project roadmap
  • how we’re doing relative to other SDN options
  • If and when to start a regular cadence of OpenContrail Summits

We will conclude by developing a timeline with roles and responsibilities for next steps in both the project and the community.

A project page has been set up to collect agenda ideas and topics for discussion. Join the conversation here: and on Twitter at @OpenContrail.

Anyone who is passionate about making OpenContrail the most awesome SDN overlay available should join the Summit. ***Register here***  (If you’re not able to join in person, we’ll have a conference call line you can use to participate.)

The Second First:  The first OpenContrail Community Director

Greg Elkinbard has joined the OpenContrail project as Community Director. Greg has extensive experience in the system, network, storage and cloud development areas. In his last role at Mirantis, he was an active member of the OpenStack community, working on the Neutron and Cinder projects. He also was a frequent summit speaker, worked with NetApp to launch and sustain the Manila project, and was a PTL for the Fuel project in the OPNFV community.

Prior to Mirantis, Greg was an active sponsor and contributor to the NetBSD community. He led the Brocade contribution team responsible for developing and contributing key features such as the multi-threaded kernel and enhancements to the TCP stack. He also helped grow and sustain the community after the departure of the original project sponsor.

Greg will be putting this wealth of open source community experience to work for the project, with a primary focus on engaging and organizing an enthusiastic and productive OpenContrail community. Please join me in welcoming Greg, and if you haven’t met him already, plan to do so at the OpenContrail Summit.

More Firsts to Come

We’re making good progress with these two milestones, but I’m focused on the possibilities ahead as we work together to make the best open source SDN for carrier-grade performance and the OpenContrail community even better.

Join us!