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Being a long time member of various open source communities (Linux kernel, openSUSE and others), I have a personal interest in seeing OpenStack becoming a leading cloud infrastructure. In my professional life, I run an engineering organization that is in charge of building cloud infrastructure to host our partner's applications in our SMB focused BusinessMarketplace SaaS Business. (See the keynote at the Folsom Design Summit at http://vimeo.com/41449373 and http://de.slideshare.net/laurabeckcahoon/deutsche-telekom-12607469 for some details.)
I grew up in Germany where I studied Physics at University of Dortmund. I moved to Eindhoven (The Netherlands) to do postgrad research on plasma physics.
I had developed an interest in computers and in particular in the Open Source and Linux movements in parallel and had contributed some code successfully to the Linux kernel as well as little pieces to a number of other projects (amongst which glibc and gcc).
In the end the computer side won and I ended up working for SUSE Linux AG (later part of Novell Inc) as a freelancer and quickly as employee. I worked as kernel engineer but also took some responsibility in security projects. I ended up running SUSE Labs, the research department hosting the prominent open source kernel, toolchain (compiler ...) and X11 engineers that we managed to hire.
Subsequently, I had a number of technical, people and business leadership roles (Head Architect, acting VP Engineering, VP Product Management, VP Business Development, VP Partner Engineering) and I'm grateful to Novell for sending me to the HBS Program for Leadship Development to enhance my business skills before taking over business management functions.
The acquisition of Novell by Attachmate ended my career with SUSE and despite my determination to work in a leading role for a small company, I ended up in Deutsche Telekom AG. The BU Cloud Services (in DBU) feels like a small startup in many ways, so this is less strange than it sounds ... In my VP Cloud Technology function I head the unit that develops our Consumer Cloud platform (DLS/Mediencenter) and the OpenStack based hosting infrastructure for hosting our software partners in DT's TelekomCloud BusinessMarketplace.
Since the birth of our sons, I spend most of my spare time with them and my wife; no more strange hardware projects (yes -- I also resisted the temptation to start into 3D printing!) and not a whole lot of time any more to do cycling or music or going out. It's fun!
I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Cinder