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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 2022 Board Elections .


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


I oversaw OpenStack being introduced and used in Deutsche Telekom, SUSE and now the Sovereign Cloud Stack project. I have also personally contributed to the InterOp Working Group and presented on a few OpenStack/OpenInfra events.

I really care for infrastructure to be open, so users have control over the key technologies that they rely on for their digital life and business. Only real open (according to the four opens) technology can ensure this.


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 many conference program committees and in the OIF board (2018, 2020, 2021).

SCS being a major project in the OSB Alliance, we also very closely report to the OSBA board, so I have the opposite perspective there.


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


The board sets the high-level direction for the OIF and its staff, supporting the various OIF projects to be successful.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2022?


We continue to carefully broaden the scope of the OIF, ensuring that we continue building out the set of projects that we support. We also need to continue working on linking these projects closely together, supporting the collaboration of projects within the OIF and also beyond the OIF with e.g. CNCF and LF projects.

Kurt has already been nominated by:

  • Kurt Garloff
  • Clemens Hardewig
  • Sebastian Wenner
  • Jean-Philippe Evrard
  • Artem Goncharov
  • Thierry Carrez
  • John Garbutt
  • Mathias Fechner
  • Tim Bell
  • Amy Marrich