Anne Gentle

Developer Advocate

Metapod Cloud

Anne Gentle works in open source projects with the OpenStack project at Cisco, using open source techniques for API design, developer support, and documentation. She governs projects by serving as an elected member of the OpenStack Technical Committee for more than 30 projects written in Python across hundreds of git repositories. She advocates for cloud users and administrators by providing accurate technical information to increase OpenStack adoption as a cloud for the world.

Prior to working on OpenStack in 2010, Anne worked as a community publishing consultant, providing strategic direction for professional writers who want to produce online content in collaborative ways. Her enthusiasm for community-based documentation methods prompted her to write a book about using social publishing techniques for technical documentation titled Conversation and Community: The Social Web for Documentation.

As a supporter of women in technology, Anne coordinated efforts to connect OpenStack to the GNOME Outreach Program for Women, now named Outreachy. She also has an interest in health data in the cloud; using her cloud knowledge to monitor her type I diabetic son through a continuous glucose monitoring system. She writes about open source and community techniques for web content development at justwriteclick.com. As the mom of two youngsters with an awesome husband, she relishes every opportunity to talk with people who are as fascinated with technology as she is.


November 16, 2021


My Career in Tech – My Plan vs. Reality

Join me for my Girls in Tech talk, "You Can Go Your Own Way," November 17th at 2:00pm CT.

November 4, 2019


Continuous Integration for Docs, Code, Infrastructure, and the Network

Learn about the advantages of treating developer documentation like code for CI/CD pipelines.

October 27, 2016


What’s Happening at the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona?

The OpenStack Summit is a place to learn and collaborate, discuss and inspire, all in four days every six months. Keynote talks for the first day reflected the international blend of both the operators and users of OpenStack. Our Cisco team agreed that we like the overall message, which feels like, “Here is how we’ve […]

October 12, 2016


Building resilient applications with Cisco Metacloud

This post walks through the models for building resilient applications on OpenStack infrastructure with Cisco Metacloud, OpenStack Orchestration, and configuration management tools like Ansible. Agile Infrastructure, Some Background In 2001, when a group of software developers discussed a growing trend of lightweight methods for producing software, they decided to group those together and write a […]

April 28, 2016


OpenStack works here… and now, I do, too!

OpenStack works here. I intend to make you think about a double meaning: OpenStack is both people and platform. We work here, and the platform works great here at Cisco. At the OpenStack Summit in Austin this week, I see a compelling need for OpenStack and the many private clouds springing to life. I want […]