Please help us extend a warm welcome to our newest team member Anthony Shaw!

The Project Management Committee (PMC) for Apache Libcloud has invited Anthony Shaw to join us as a committer and a PMC member and we are pleased to announce that he has accepted.

Anthony has joined the community fairly recently, but he has already made a lot of substantial contributions. Those contributions range from new Dimension Data drivers and various related improvements to a proposal for a new backup API for Backup as a Service products and projects.

While we are talking about the new backup API - we would like to encourage everyone who is either a service provider offering Backup as a Service product or a person interested in using this API to join us and participate in the discussion. The more feedback we get, the better and more widely applicable we can make this new API.

For anyone who would like to know more about Anthony here is his short bio:

Anthony Shaw works for the global system integrator Dimension Data as Head of Innovation. Anthony has been working in the hosting/service provider industry for the last 10 years for MSPs within Europe, North America and Australia in various Product Management and Product Development roles. Anthony is an open-source advocate and has been promoting the Libcloud project internally to Dimension Data for the last 9 months as well as maintaining its driver.

And in his own words:

I think we will continue to see consolidation in IaaS providers over the next 12 months, so likelihood is the number of drivers will reduce, but the importance of being cloud agnostic to people is becoming more apparent as some are already being burnt by integrations into APIs that companies like Dell and Ninefold have pulled the plug on. Libcloud is a key project for developers not wanting to lock themselves too heavily to a vendor. I would also like to see expansion of additional services like backup, load balancing and containers so that users can still take advantages of these features through our driver.

We are happy to have him in our team and we are looking forward to his future participation and contributions.