Rob Hirschfeld

Sr. Distinguished Engineer
Rob sits on the OpenStack Board and is co-chair of the Core Definition Committed (DefCore)
I have been involved in Cloud for over 15 years and launched some of the earliest Cloud companies. My educational background (Duke and LSU) is in computer science and systems engineering with a focus on distributed systems. I have always found deployment to be vitally important in developments - that lead me to found a SaaS start-up in 1999 and had made me a DevOps advocate. In addition to core cloud technologies, I am an Agile/Lean/TDD process evangelist who strongly believes that how you build and deliver is just as important as what you deliver.
Professionally, I am a Sr Distinguished Engineer at Dell leading our OpenStack Cloud project (http://wp.me/PF6d2-bj) and also a founder of the Crowbar project (http://wp.me/PF6d2-ix). In that role, I am in constant contact with OpenStack users, ecosystem developers and vendors world-wide; consequently, I have a very broad perspective on use and technical needs for OpenStack and related Cloud technologies.