Cole Crawford has joined The Open Compute Foundation as its chief operating officer.
Cole is an industry-recognized leader on cloud and scale computing, and he has been involved with open source since 1992, working for OpenStack and Nebula and advising the Linux Foundation.
One of his first tasks in his new role will be to further operationalize the foundation, starting with events like the next Open Compute Summit, which is being held in Santa Clara, CA, on January 16-17, 2013.
Cole started with OCP by volunteering as chair of the storage project, where he led the effort to develop the Open Vault storage server specification.
Hiring Cole is an exciting step forward for the Open Compute Foundation, which was formed a little more than a year ago to guide the further development of the Open Compute Project. The foundation’s board of directors includes Andy Bechtolsheim from Arista Networks, Don Duet from Goldman Sachs, Frank Frankovsky from Facebook, Mark Roenigk from Rackspace, and Jason Waxman from Intel.