With over 20 years of experience as a systems reliability engineer, and a focus on automating not only application deployments but the underlying infrastructure as well, Robert brings a wealth of knowledge to the full application enablement stack. He has applied this knowledge in fields from high-performance computing to high-frequency trading environments, and everything in between. Robert also holds patents in network, data center, and application performance and scale enhancements. He is a Founder and the CTO at Kumulus Technologies, a DevOps, Systems Reliability Engineering and cloud computing consultancy. Additionally, Robert is an incurable photography nerd and has been known to stay up until dawn in remote locations to capture celestial time-lapses.