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Individual Member Profile


Kurt Garloff

Date Joined
November 27, 2012



Statement of Interest

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 ran an engineering organizations that are in charge of developing, building and running cloud infrastructure. (See the keynote at the Folsom Design Summit at and for some details.) I built the OpenStack platform behind DT's Business Marketplace, worked with Huawei to build and run an OpenStack engineering team in Europe, built Open Telekom Cloud, ran the Cloud & Storage Engineering departments at SUSE.


I'm currently working on a building a European Cloud initiative - this will be my professional focus starting 2020 after leaving SUSE following their change in direction.

Dec 2018 - Dec 2019, I was responsible for the Cloud and Storage Departments in SUSE R&D.
SUSE builds and maintains the SUSE and Helion OpenStack Cloud Products, is a platinum member of the Foundation and a strong upstream contributor.

Before SUSE, I was leading the architecture, community and consulting teams in Deutsche Telekom's Open Telekom Cloud Team.

DT has been a vocal supporter of OpenStack since I joined in early 2012 -- we have been able to run several OpenStack projects. We have participated in most OpenStack Summits and are active in a few working groups. I personally support the InterOp Workig Group, a key area for OpenStack's success given the centrifugal forces in such a large project. DT has become gold member of the OpenStack Foundation in 2016 and has been headline sponsor for a few summits (Barcelona, Boston, Berlin). I was serving in the board in most of 2018 until I handed over to Clemens Hardewig.

Before joining DT end of 2011 I was a long-time contributor to the Linux kernel, which also gave me the privilege of building up and leading SUSE Labs and work with a number of great engineers in- and outside my company, contributing to the success of the Open Source technology.

  • Sovereign Cloud Stack OSB Alliance - From 2021-02-01 (Current)
  • SUSE Linux GmbH - From 2018-12-01 To 2020-01-14
  • T-Systems International GmbH - From 2015-09-30 To 2018-11-30
  • Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH - From 2014-09-29 To 2015-04-30
  • Deutsche Telekom - From 2011-11-01 To 2014-01-15
  • SUSE Linux GmbH - From 1999-07-01 To 2011-10-30

OpenStack Summit Presentations

Speaker Profile:


Kurt is a candidate in the January 2021 Board Elections .


What is your relationship to the Open Infrastructure Foundation, and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to Open Infrastructure Foundation's success to date?


The mission of the Open Infra Foundation is to be a voice for true openness with respect to Infrastructure Software.
Platform providers form strong ecosystems -- to have viable fully open source based ecosystems, there needs to be a strong force that keeps the various ecosystem players together and ensure compatibility and collaboration.
The OIF has that role and I was glad to contribute a bit to the discussion on broadening the scope beyond OpenStack, even though I continue to consider OpenStack as our most important project.

I had the privilege of working with foundation staff even before the foundation existed and continue to appreciate the individuals as well as the intstitution. I have been able to facilitate good collaboration between some gold and platinum members and the board and the projects.


Describe your experience with other non profits or serving as a board member. How does your experience prepare you for the role of a board member?


I have been serving in the OpenStack (now OpenInfra) BoD in 2018 and 2020.
Apart from that I have been serving in many program committees for Technical Events in the Open Source space (LCE, Linux Kongress, OpenInfra Summit, ...)


What do you see as the Board's role in Open Infrastructure Foundation's success?


Beyond the governance and oversight duties laid out in the bylaws, the board does represent the industry and the community and as such is an important place to facilitate communication.
This is bi-directional: Communicate the progress, strategy, achievements, needs from the various OIF projects out towards various stakeholders (press, developers, analysts, companies, ...) and get feedback back into the foundation.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be over the next year?


Establish credibility as the best place for innovative and really open infra software projects, as we are very effective in establishing true collaboration and true openness within and between our projects.

Kurt has already been nominated by:

  • Kurt Garloff
  • Christian Berendt
  • Clemens Hardewig
  • Alexander Navratil
  • Tobias Rydberg
  • Thierry Carrez
  • Thore Bahr
  • Colleen Murphy
  • Sean McGinnis
  • Andreas Jaeger