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Individual Speaker Profile

Date Joined: January 22, 2016
Country: Germany
Home Town: Köln
Zip Code: 50937
Registered for Upcoming Summit: No
  • 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
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.

Areas Of Expertise
  • Linux
  • Open Source
  • Engineering Leadership
  • InterOp
  • Sovereignty




Since 2020, I'm leading the Sovereign Cloud Stack (SCS) initiative, delivering a complete, modular, fully open source, federated, standardized cloud operating system -- bare metal, VMs, container orchestration along with automation for continuous deployment, upgrade, monitoring, operations. SCS is supported by the OSB Alliance non-profit org, participates in the European GAIA-X initiative and receives public funding from the German Ministry for Economy.

In 2019, I was responsible for the Cloud and Storage and internal IT in SUSE R&D.

I was leading the architecture, community and consulting teams in Deutsche Telekom's Open Telekom Cloud Team before.
I've been successful in making DT a vocal supporter of OpenStack since 2012. I was serving in the board of the OSF in 2018 and now again since 2020.

Before joining DT end of 2011 I was a long-time contributor to the Linux kernel, leading SUSE Labs and working with many great engineers, contributing to the success of Open Source.

Presentations from previous and upcoming OpenInfra Summits:
Additional presentations:

Willing to present via video conference: Yes
I'm willing to travel to:
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • France
  • France, Metropolitan
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Holy See (Vatican City State)
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
Fluent in
  • German
  • English
  • Dutch
  • French

Contact Kurt