Speaker Interview: Matt Ray

Matt Ray will be giving a talk on Chef for Open Stack. The SCALE Team caught up with him for this brief interview.


Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?


A: Greetings! My name is Matt Ray and I'm the Director of Cloud Integrations for Chef the company and Open Source automation and configuration management project. Previously I was the Community Manager for the Open Source monitoring platform Zenoss. I've been involved in the Open Source community for many years and was one of the founders of the Texas Linux Fest, which is sponsored by SCALE.


Q: You're giving a talk on Chef for OpenStack. Without tipping your hand on the actual talk, can you give us an idea of what we might expect?


A: Chef and OpenStack are both very active, rapidly evolving platforms and it's hard to keep track of all the pieces. My talk is going to go over the current resources available for deploying, integrating and using OpenStack with Chef, so if you're interested you'll know where to look and how to get involved.


Q: Is this your first visit to SCALE? If so, what are your expectations? If not, can you give us your impressions of the event?


A: This will be my 6th SCALE, it's one of my favorite events and expectations are always high. I tell people it's probably one of the best community shows because it demonstrates such a wide diversity of attendees, talks and presentations.


Q: Is there anything else you'd like to add?


A: Please take the time to engage in conversations or attend talks about projects you don't know anything about. The great thing about Open Source is the passion that people put into their work, and with an event like SCALE you're likely to discover something new and interesting.


[SCALE Team interview by Hannah Anderson]