Monty Taylor

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Monty Taylor
Born (1975-08-12) August 12, 1975 (age 43)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
ResidenceDallas, Texas
EducationB.F.A. Theatre (Directing)
Alma materAbilene Christian University
OccupationSoftware developer
EmployerRed Hat
Known forOpenStack, Drizzle, Mysql
Home townDurham, North Carolina

Monty Taylor (born 12 August 1975) is a free software[1] hacker, theatre director and lighting designer. He has been named one of the most important people in cloud computing[2] and was featured by Wired as part of 'The New Hackers'.[3]

Free software[edit]


Monty was a Senior Consultant at MySQL AB.[4] While there he was a specialist in High Availability and MySQL Cluster which led to the creation of NDB-connector,[5] a set of bindings to the underlying NDB API of MySQL Cluster.

After MySQL was acquired by Sun, Monty joined the team working on Drizzle.[6] which subsequently moved to Rackspace after the Oracle acquisition of Sun.[7]


While at Rackspace, Monty helped to launch the OpenStack project.[8] He was responsible for the original creation of OpenStack's "Gating" system[9] and is the founder and past PTL of the OpenStack Infra project.[10] He is one of the top overall contributors to OpenStack over the history of the project,.[11]

Monty serves as an Individual Member on the OpenStack Foundation board of directors[12] as well as the OpenStack Technical Committee[13]

In 2011, Monty moved from Rackspace to HP. There he formed a team that developed TripleO project for deploying OpenStack[14] which went on to become the basis for the first release of HP's Helion OpenStack[15] and Red Hat's RDO[16]

In 2013, Monty was honored by the Brazilian Government for his contributions to Free Software.[17][18]

In 2015, Monty moved to IBM[19][20] to lead the OpenStack Innovation team as a Distinguished Engineer.

Since 2016, Monty has been a Member of Technical Staff at Red Hat[21][22] working on CI with Zuul and Ansible.


Monty started his Theatre career as a stagehand at Stewart Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina[23] while enrolled at North Carolina State University.

Monty later transferred to Abilene Christian University where he got a BFA in Theatre with a focus on directing. While there, he served as lighting designer and technical director for ACU's Sing Song event.[24] [25] He continued his education in the MFA program at CalArts, but left and moved to Seattle in 2005.

Monty directed a mildly controversial adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry V called King Henry for Ghostlight Theatricals.[26][27] He was also a frequent collaborator at Taproot Theatre in Seattle,[28] [29] Penfold Theatre in Austin[30] [31] and with The Bengsons on their rock opera Hundred Days in Seattle, New York and San Francisco.[32] In celebration of the first day of legal same-sex marriage in the State of Washington, Monty lit Seattle's City Hall. [33]

Monty is an associate artist with Seattle's The Satori Group.[34] He designed the lighting for all of Satori's productions from 2009–2011. During that time, The Satori Group was runner up for the Seattle Times' "Friskiest Fringe Establishment" aware in 2009,[35] and won the "Avant-garde Afterglow" award for their production of and adaptation of George Saunders' short story "Winky".[36]


  1. ^ "Lemmings, Think Different and Why Free Software is Still Important | SCALE 13x". 2015-02-21. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  2. ^ "The 39 Most Important People in Cloud Computing". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  3. ^ "Why Open Source Software Is Like Burning Man (Only Better)". WIRED. 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  4. ^ "Using oprofile with the MySQL Server | James' World". 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  5. ^ "Writing Efficient Java Applications for MySQL Cluster Using NDB/J : MySQL Conference & Expo 2009 - O'Reilly Conferences, April 20 - 23, 2009, Santa Clara, CA". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  6. ^ "TXLF - Drizzle: A Database Designed for Operations : Monty Taylor : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  7. ^ Rodrigues, Savio (2010-03-12). "Sun Drizzle team members move to Rackspace". InfoWorld. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  8. ^ "OpenStack in Launchpad". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  9. ^ "Scaling OpenStack Development with Git, Gerrit, and Jenkins". 2003-11-01. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  10. ^ "OpenStack TL Interview: Monty Taylor, OpenStack CI Project". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  11. ^ "OpenStack community contribution in all releases". Stackalytics. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  12. ^ "Board of Directors » OpenStack Open Source Cloud Computing Software". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  13. ^ "Technical Committee » OpenStack Open Source Cloud Computing Software". 2015-03-17. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  14. ^ s (2013-04-01). "Welcome to the Mind-Bending World of Cloud-on-Cloud Computing". WIRED. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  15. ^ Havrila, Peter. "Introduction and LAB tutorial of HP Helion Community Edition, the OpenStack based "cloud" system that can give you a personal cloud!". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  16. ^ "HOWTO: OpenStack Deployment using TripleO and the Red Hat OpenStack Director". Keith Tenzer. 2015-10-14. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  17. ^ "Consegi receives big names — consegi". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  18. ^ "Consegi realiza homenagens — consegi". (in Portuguese). 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  19. ^ "A Coup for Big Blue | Blue Box". 2015-08-04. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  20. ^ Taylor, Monty. "The Next Step". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
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  23. ^ "Google Groups". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  24. ^ "Technical staff works behind the scenes: Students prepare Sing Song set | Optimist". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  25. ^ "The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 91, No. 29, Ed. 1, Friday, January 17, 2003, Sequence: 4 | The Portal to Texas History". 2003-01-17. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  26. ^ Adcock, Joe (2006-05-08). "On Stage: 'Pippin' is all flash and razzmatazz". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  27. ^ Nelson, Sean (2006-05-11). "On Stage - Theater". The Stranger. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  28. ^ "Theater review | Taproot company knows way around Jules Verne's "World"". The Seattle Times. 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  29. ^ "Theater Review: A Soothing and Sunny "Enchanted April"". Seattle Post Globe. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  30. ^ Blouke, Cate. "Review: Penfold Theatre's "Red"". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  31. ^ "Review: I Love You Because - Arts". The Austin Chronicle. 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  32. ^ "100 Days prospectus 2014 by Ulla". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  33. ^ "Seattle City Hall becomes state's same-sex marriage capital". 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  34. ^ "Associate Artists". The Satori Group. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  35. ^ "Drum roll! The Footlight Awards for excellence in local theater". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  36. ^ "Best of 2010 in Seattle-area theater: the Footlight Awards". The Seattle Times. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2016-05-11.