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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 2021-04-01 (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

OpenStack Summit Presentations

Speaker Profile:


Kurt is a candidate in the January 2024 Board Elections .



OpenInfra has a very good approach to create well working communities centered around the Four Opens. Empowering users, developers and operators. Explaining and promoting this is a recurring endeavor. 



I have served on the OIF board for a few years now as Gold director for Deutsche Telekom until 2018 and as an elected individual candidate since 2020.



Setting high level directions and policies, supporting the staff with planning, events and communication and recruiting new supporters for the community and board. 



We have some projects that need support to remain viable and relevant. We need to use our networks to direct investment into important ones such as e.g. the InterOp working group. 

Kurt has already been nominated by:

  • Sebastian Wenner
  • Amy Marrich
  • Julia Kreger
  • Tobias Rydberg
  • Ghanshyam Mann
  • Helena Spease
  • Thierry Carrez
  • Jeremy Stanley
  • Artem Goncharov
  • Oguzhan Toy