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Individual Member Profile


Kurt Garloff

Date Joined
November 27, 2012

T-Systems International GmbH From 2015-09-30 (Current)
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
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 organization that is in charge of building cloud infrastructure to host DT's partner's applications in DT's SMB focused BusinessMarketplace SaaS Business. (See the keynote at the Folsom Design Summit at and for some details.) I last worked with Huawei to build and run an OpenStack engineering team in Europe.




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

Open Telekom Cloud is our OpenStack public cloud based on Hauwei's FusionSphere distribution. An offering that was initially focused on Eurpean customers but growing into a global offering and amended by a private offering next.

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.

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 memberof the OpenStack Foundation in 2016.


OpenStack Summit Presentations

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Kurt is a candidate in the 2018 Board Election .


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


 I see two main initial areas for DT to contribute as gold member: 

* With OpenStack becoming more mature, I would like to see the voice of users and operators strengthened in the community -- one focus areas based on the discussions with our customers is  to strengthen compatibility and interoperability to make common tools work easily across various private and public OpenStack clouds 

* Driving adoption and enlarging the community, especially in Europe, is an area that we work on and like to align closely with the community and foundation.


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?


Being part of a large group, there are company internal communities of practice and boards that are non-trivialcchallenges.

More visible to the outside world, I have been serving in the program committees of open source technical conferences - Linux Kongress, Linux Conf Europe, GUUG FFG.


What do you see as the Board's role in OpenStack's success?


* Ensure that we react to trends in the community and IT industry.

* Balancing the diverging interests of the members to keep them engaged and working towards common goals.



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


* Continue to embrace and support adjacent technology projects.

* Ensure these work best with OpenStack.

* Strengthen our definition what OpenStack is by further enhancing InterOp standards to build a more comprehensive base for customers, tools, projects to easily move between OpenStack Cloud providers.

* Supporting the formation of alliances of OpenStack Cloud providers.