Speakers 2013

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Daniel Concepción

Daniel Concepción is IT Managing Director at Produban, a company of Santander Group that provides IT Infrastructure services. He is delivering the roadmap in the converged infrastructure and business architectures, ensuring the reduction of the operational risk and increasing the quality and efficiency of mission critical services. He has over 12 years of international experience in the Information Technology industry, having led several International IT Transformation Projects.

Steven C. Timm

Steven C. Timm, PhD. is the group leader of the FermiGrid Services Group in the Grid and Cloud Computing Department at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia Illinois, USA, where he has been on the computing staff since 2000 with various responsibilities in large-scale distributed computing. He is the lead of the FermiCloud project and also responsible for leading the operations of the FermiGrid authentication and authorization servers and batch servers. Dr. Timm received his M.S. in Computer Science from Andrews University andhis Ph.D. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Ignacio M. Llorente

Ignacio M. Llorente, Ph.D and MBA, is Director of the OpenNebula Project and CEO & co-founder at C12G Labs. He is an entrepreneur and researcher in the field of cloud and distributed computing, having managed several international projects and initiatives on Cloud Computing, and authored many articles in the leading journals and proceedings books. Dr. Llorente is one of the pioneers and world’s leading authorities on Cloud Computing, having held several appointments as independent expert and consultant for the European Commission and several companies and national governments. Llorente holds a Ph.D in Computer Science (UCM) and an Executive MBA (IE Business School), and is also a Full Professor at UCM.

Karanbir Singh

Karanbir Singh is a London based sysadmin working in the web operations and large scale linux systems architecture domains, and since 2009 has been the Project Leader for The CentOS Project. An old hat Devops proponent, he’s a bit believer in high precision monitoring, aggressive automation and business centric operations.

Jordi Farrés

Jordi Farrés is Service Manager at the European Space Agency (ESA), being responsible for ESA’s grid processing infrastructure and related SciOps and for technology evolution projects in the Earth Observation Ground Segment Engineering Division. He has been also responsible for ESA corporation business applications in Finance, Procurement and Human Resources and Facility Management. Dr. Farrés received his M.S. in Computer Science from UPC and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh.

Ruben S. Montero

Ruben S. Montero, Ph.D, is Chief Architect of the OpenNebula Project and CTO & co-founder at C12G Labs. He has strong expertise in resource provisioning models for distributed systems and cloud computing, in particular resource management and scheduling, distributed management of virtual machines, and inter-operation of cloud infrastructures. Montero holds a Ph.D in Computer Science (UCM) and is also an Associated Professor at UCM.

Carlo Daffara

Carlo Daffara the Technical director of Cloudweavers, and formerly head of research and development at Conecta, a consulting firm specializing in open source systems and distributed computing; Italian member of the European Working Group on Libre Software and co-coordinator of the working group on SMEs of the EU ICT task force on competitiveness. Since 1999, works as evaluator for IST programme submissions in the field of component-based software engineering, GRIDs and international cooperation. Coordinator of the open source platforms technical area of the IEEE technical committee on scalable computing, co-chair of the SIENA EU cloud initiative roadmap editorial board and part of the editorial review board of the International Journal of Open Source Software & Processes (IJOSSP).

Emmanuel Mathot

Emmanuel Mathot has a Computer Science master degree and over five years of experience as Project Engineer in space industry. He started his career as a consultant for the European Space Agency in GRID systems applied to Earth observation applications. He is now the technical leader at Terradue Srl in charge of the cloud computing and infrastructure projects sustaining the company’s PaaS and SaaS offering.

Simon Boulet

Simon Boulet is an Entrepreneur and an IT Consultant from Montreal, Canada. He has worked on various Cloud infrastructure projects, including projects for the CBC/Radio-Canada public television that had important scaling needs for hosting online interactive TV shows. Prior to becoming an IT Consultant, Simon was IT Director at iWeb, Canada’s largest Web Hosting company, where he led iWeb’s first steps into Cloud Computing with the development of the Smart Servers. Simon is also an active and frequent contributor to OpenNebula, with a deep understanding of OpenNebula internals, and has contributed several enhancements and bug fixes that made it through the official releases of OpenNebula.

Thomas Higdon

Thomas Higdon

Thomas Higdon is a Senior System Software Engineer at Akamai Technologies, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. His past experience has varied from implementing software radio algorithms for cellular infrastructure to kernel-level software load-balancing for HTTPS. He’s currently focused on leveraging virtualization to optimize the ability of engineers to develop, test and deploy software on Akamai’s globally distributed network. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and his M.S.E. in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas.

Florian Heigl

I’ve been into virtualization and storage for a long time and I like the amount of abstraction OpenNebula offers. Professionally I have been a Unix systems administrator for most of my working life. I’ve also done systems integration and monitoring work on the Check_MK project. Now I’m one of very few Nagios experts in Germany that aren’t working for one of the 3-5 leading Nagios outfits and as such I’m able to speak freely about what I think works best for the users. My strength is simply sitting down and listening to what people really need.

Maxence Dunnewind

I’m a french system engineer, working at Inria french research laboratory for 2 years, and involved in free software development and support (French Ubuntu community, House automation software, etc …). Inside Myriads team at Inria, I work on a few European research projects including BonFIRE (http://www.bonfire-project.eu), as well as on free Grid5000 project.

Valentin Bud

Clouding since 2007 in databus.pro. Have started with networking and got into systems engineering soon after. From one year and a half I build custom private clouds to help companies getting job done faster and easier than before.

Ander Astudill

Ander Astudillo, Computer Engineer by the University of A Coruña. Currently, consultant and scientific developer at SURFsara. He’s responsible for servicing scientists’ requests for the Dutch national HPC Cloud. He develops facilities to enable scientists to conduct their research.

Boris Parak

CESNET (Czech Education and Scientific Network provider) offers long-term experience in cloud and hybrid grid/cloud solutions through NGI activities and participates in the EGI Federated Cloud Task Force as a resource and technology provider contributing a testbed based on the OpenNebula cloud management framework and exposing an OCCI service  endpoint which is based on the current rOCCI-server implementation. It also runs its own private experimental HPC cloud infrastructure based on OpenNebula.

Boris Parak is one of the lead developers of the rOCCI project with numerous major commits and principal author of the rOCCI client. He is also a system administrator and a member of the team responsible for designing, building, developing and maintaining CESNET’s private HPC cloud — MetaCloud, as well as a member of the EGI Federated Cloud Task Force on behalf of CESNET.

Jordi Guijarro

Jordi Guijarro, Operations and Security Manager at CESCA, obtained his Bachelor in Computer Engineering at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and his Bachelor in Systems Technical Engineering at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Infrastructure and systems architect specializing in virtualization, cloud computing and cybersecurity, with more than 10 years of experience in areas related to Computer Systems starting his career as a Systems Technician in the private sector. From 2001 he has worked for UAB Computer Services as a Systems Engineer and subsequently at UOC as an Operations Analyst. He also combines his work at CESCA with the participation in several national projects, and collaborates with UOC as a Consultant on the Master of Free Software.

Bernd Erk

Bernd Erk, Managing Director, has overseen the Managed Services, Consulting and Development business areas at NETWAYS since 2007. Ensuring the success and smooth operation of all customer projects and business processes, Bernd’s technical expertise stretches across Systems Management, Managed Services and Software Development. A contributor to Linux Magazine and Linux Technical Review in Germany, Bernd regularly publishes articles and presents on open source topics ranging across Icinga monitoring, MySQL database monitoring, OpenNebula Cloud framework and performance tuning among others.

Bernd was previously Operating Systems Specialist at Quelle Schickedanz AG & Co., where he worked heavily with Solaris, HPUX and Oracle databases. After which, Bernd spent 8 years as Business Unit Manager at Ise-Informatik where he dealt with Oracle databases and service oriented architectures.

Joel Merrick

Joel Merrick

Joel Merrick has been involved in system administration and engineering for well over a decade. He is the project lead for an internal VM platform for BBC Research and Development. First becoming involved in virtualisation more than 5 years ago, both professionally and working for the non-profit Sahana Foundation, whereby live production deployments of the software have been running under KVM ‘in the field’.

Nils Magnus

Nils Magnus

Nils Magnus works as a senior system engineer at inovex GmbH, Germany and designs cloud infrastructure for data centers. In previous roles he wrote as a journalist for Linux Magazine and was senior consultant for high security environments. Nils also serves at the Board of Directory of LinuxTag Association. He speaks for 15+ years at conferences around the world on the advantages of free and open source software, as well as on cloud and security management issues.