Michael Declerk

Welcome to the team Michael, how do your previous work experiences set you up for what you’re doing at Opsani?

My previous experience across a number of my previous roles is applicable to Opsani. While working in Supercomputing / High Performance Computing, one of my primary responsibilities was to benchmark systems and optimize mixed workloads to run within those different environments. This aligns closely with one of our core values of right-sizing applications to their resources and ensuring consistency across the environment.

In addition, one of my startups – Exodus, focused primarily on multi-core optimization and scheduling using genetic algorithms and predictive analytics to perform maximum throughput on a system for fixed resources and variable workloads. This work was deep in the kernel and tightly coupled with c-group capabilities, which today form the foundation of containers and Kubernetes.

Lastly, my Supercomputing and Cloud (AWS, Oracle) work involved running systems and services where availability, stability, scalability, and predictability of workloads were critical. Opsani meshes closely with this as, by right-sizing resources, we help our customers to achieve many of the “abilities.”

Who would be your dream Opsani customer, and why?

The dream Opsani customer is one who is having difficulties right-sizing their resource allocations due to inconsistent workloads and not meeting their SLAs/SLOs for their customers. Opsani is in a unique position to address many of these issues.  

Of course, while we are working towards doing this in diverse environments, we are primarily focused on containers in Kubernetes today.  Having them be in that environment makes it so we can address their issues today rather than in the future as Opsani evolves its product capabilities.

Can you give a quick breakdown of your work at Opsani?

I remove hurdles and hindrances from the Engineering team so that our brilliant engineers can achieve their goals and beyond.  In conjunction, I provide leadership and mentorship to the team to aid in their development as engineers and leaders.

Tell us about your main project! What is it, and how do you expect it to improve the overall Opsani product?

This is very much related to my breakdown of work at Opsani.  My main project is making Engineering successful. If Engineering is successful, we will build great products that excite, delight, and meet our customer’s needs.

Applying my experiences and expertise to our processes and products to eliminate missteps and reduce friction in delivering our products is also part of this.

Where else do you think the Opsani AI could branch out?

AI is still in its infancy and has mostly been applied to either deep analytics (deep learning) or consumer-facing areas. Opsani is one of the few companies looking to utilize it in Infrastructure, DevOps, and core Production environments. As such, it feels like we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg in our early optimization efforts.  As we refine our product and capabilities, I expect us to uncover large portions of the cloud and compute environments to which we can apply our technology.

What do you see as your key goals at Opsani for the next year or so?

My key goal is to add just enough process to our existing Engineering development process to accelerate deliveries to the customer.  This means adding visibility and accountability up and down the chain in the company so that it is clear what our goals are and how close we are to achieving them.  This helps eliminate surprises that no one likes. Well, maybe surprise birthdays 😉  Surprises to engineers, leadership or the customer all have negative consequences we should avoid.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

When flying with a flight instructor and on final approach, they turned to me and said:

“The world is a big place, Mr. Declerck.  Try not to hit it.”