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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.

  • None - From 2020-01-13 (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
Open Infrastructure Summit
  • SCS: Large federated infrastructure for sovereignty
  • Back to the original mission: an open cloud operating system
  • Digital Sovereignty - Why Open Infrastructure Matters
Boston Vancouver

Speaker Profile:


Kurt is a candidate in the January 2020 Board Election .


What is your relationship to OpenStack Foundation (OSF), and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to the OSF and the success of its projects to date?


The OpenStack Foundation has a really good approach to Governance and the right vision for Open Infrastructure.

I'd like to see these principles extended far beyond OpenStack itself - with the work done in 2018, opening up for other projects and defining the conditions and onboarding process, we made a huge step to future prove the OSF.

I could contribute a bit to that and maybe more importantly explain it to many parties to gain support for it.

DT (under Frank's and my leadership) was also helping with the successful Berlin summit.


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 in a number of conference program committees in Germany and editorial boards for Open Source magazines.

I served as Director in the OpenStack Foundation's board in 2018.


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


Continue to follow the vision for Open Infrastructure, helping projects succeed. After the hype, there is a tendency for badmouthing that needs to be countered. Some people have given up the fight for truely (4x) open infra - we must continue - in good and bad times.


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


* Work with initiatives that leverage OpenStack (and kata, zuul, Airship, StarlingX,....).

* Support initiatives to build federated standardized platforms.

* Continue to be the home for the Open Infra movement.


Kurt has already been nominated by:

  • Andreas Falkner
  • Andreas Jaeger
  • Christian Berendt
  • Nils Magnus
  • Vincent Untz
  • Sebastian Wenner
  • Johannes Grassler
  • Johan Christenson
  • Witek Bedyk
  • Artem Goncharov