Ben is currently a Principal Architect at Crossvale. He was formerly the Chief Cloud Officer for the Global Accounts Team at Cincinnati Bell Technology Services. He is also the co-author of the book "OpenStack for Architects" "Mastering OpenStack" and was the Technical Reviewer for "Learning OpenStack" (Packt Publishing). His latest contribution as Technical Editor of "DevOps Culture and Practice with OpenShift" can now be ordered online.
When Ben is not writing books he is active in the OpenStack Superuser Editorial Board and a technical contributor to the OpenStack Foundation Documentation Team (Architecture Guide) He also led the Phoenix, AZ Open Infrastructure User Group. Ben is often invited to speak about cloud adoption, implementation, migration, and cultural impact of the cloud at conferences, meetups, and special vendor events.
Prior to OnX, Ben was a Senior Cloud/System Architect at Mirantis, a top OpenStack distribution, where he was responsible for creating enterprise OpenStack architectures for some of the most prominent telecommunications and Fortune 100 companies worldwide.
Before joining Mirantis, Ben was the Lead Technical Architect and Engineer for the OpenStack cloud at American Express and was directly responsible for the architecture and deployment of the largest U.S. financial services cloud in production at the time. Today, this same cloud supports over 10,000 workloads.
Ben holds a degree in English Communications and a Master's Degree in Information Management from Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business. When he's not out evangelizing more people into the cloud lifestyle he likes to spend time with his beautiful wife and two crazy little boys in Phoenix, Arizona.