Nirmal is a Senior Software Engineer at Rackspace building Rackspace's Cloud Big Data Platform offering built on top of OpenStack. Nirmal was one of the founding members of Trove (OpenStack’s Database as a Service) and has served as a core committer of Cinder Block Storage Service and is a contributor to various OpenStack initiatives. In addition, he previously contributed to Apache Cassandra and Apache Thrift. He is always striving for ease of use in provisioning Big Data tools and applications, removing the complexity from the end user. In his view data scientists and users should focus on the value of their applications and not have to worry about infrastructure and service management.