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Individual Speaker Profile

Date Joined: January 29, 2016
Country: United States
Home Town: Richmond
Zip Code: 94804
Registered for Upcoming Summit: No
  • EMC {code} - From 2014-11-01 (Current)
  • Cloudscaling - From 2013-08-23 To 2014-10-31
Statement of Interest

Cloud Applications Engineer

Areas Of Expertise
  • Cloud-Native Design
  • DevOps






Like many (most?) of us, I've been doing this for a long time - BBS administration in high school, Linux on my 486 in college, ethernet cables running through the hallways of my first apartment... you know the score. By the time I bought my first house I had at least a half-dozen headless machines running up my monthly power bills.

When I decided to sell everything I owned and move onto a cruising sailboat, I had to make dramatic changes in a lot of my core values. Hot showers and dry socks became novelties, and trying to run more than a laptop off a solar-and-wind-powered electrical system in the cloudy Pacific Northwest is laughably difficult. Offloading services to the cloud became an obsession, and soon I was scaling websites by day, bailing rowboats by night.

Five years living and working at anchor, sailing from Canada to Mexico and beyond, was enough to seal the deal - I want to do a circumnavigation. First I need to refill the bank accounts, so I've moved to San Francisco and I've accepted a role as a Cloud Applications Engineer with Cloudscaling/EMC for the next couple of years. Daily my skills are challenged, as we help our clients use OpenStack to build the next generation of agile datacenters.

Presentations from previous OpenStack Summits:
Additional presentations:

Willing to present via video conference: No
Willing to travel to any country: Yes
Fluent in
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

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