Simon Lorenz is an IT Architect in IBM Research and Development Germany. He joined IBM Germany in 1993 and worked on productivity and manufacturing quality improvements within IBM Disk Drive Manufacturing Management software. During international assignments, he helped to improve fully automated chip factories in the US and Asia. Simon has held various positions within IBM Research and Development. Since 2009, he has worked on Storage Systems Management software and has been responsible for subcomponents, such as system health reporting, cluster configuration management, and recovery. Simon joined the IBM Spectrum Scale (built upon IBM GPFS) development team in 2014 and works on the integration of Openstack with Spectrum Scale.