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Mark Voelker

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

VMware From 2014-12-01 (Current)
Cisco From 2013-06-17 To 2014-11-30
Statement of Interest

I serve as OpenStack Architect for one of VMware's product lines as my day job. I also cofounded the Triangle OpenStack Meetup in Research Triangle Park, NC and am generally interested in building a strong community around the project.




Mark Voelker is currently an OpenStack Architect with VMware, but generally prefers to think of himself as a breadth-first technologist. In past lives he has worked as a software engineer and engineering manager designing web applications, automation systems, mobile apps, traffic generators, and more weasely hacks than he can shake a stick at. He also helped design and support the infrastructure supporting his software, including LANs, award-winning SANs, load balancing, and servers. Mark currently works on enterprise cloud architecture, software defined networking, and distributed systems. He's been enamoured of Open Source approximately since his first exposure to the Internet, and helped found Cisco's Open Source Conference and was part of the OpenStack@Cisco team before joining VMware in 2014. He has a habit of including vacation photos and Douglas Adams quotes in his presentations and his time can generally be bought with a sufficient quantity of doughnuts. When not holed up within the trail-photo covered walls of his workspace at home near Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Mark can be found hiking, camping, backpacking, or making sawdust with extreme prejudice. Mark is a proud alumni of the Park Scholarships at NC State University. You can also find him on Twitter or LinkedIn.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Swift,Glance,Keystone,Quantum,Cinder,Ceilometer,Heat,Ironic,QA,Deployment