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OCF appoints Christopher Brown as OpenStack Engineer

Christopher Brown will lead OCF’s growing expertise in OpenStack

We’re pleased to announce a recent appointment in our technical team. Christopher Brown has joined in the newly created role of OpenStack Engineer. Christopher will engage with UK academia, large enterprise, and research organisations to help design and integrate HPC systems incorporating the open-source and commercially supported versions of OpenStack.

Drawing on previous knowledge as an operations manager, Christopher will consult with customers on the challenges they face building HPC and cloud infrastructures to support research using OpenStack. Christopher’s experience with Linux-based systems, and virtualisation, will help OCF to deliver proof of concepts through to the design and integration of OpenStack HPC systems.

“We’re seeing a lot of interest from customers around OpenStack and the potential it has to enable UK academia to develop and connect HPC systems to create or ‘spin up’ larger or more bespoke virtual clusters,” comments Arif Ali, Technical Director at OCF. “OpenStack is natural evolution in HPC and represents a real opportunity for the industry and, with Christopher’s appointment, we’ll be able to better meet the increasing demand we’re seeing from customers.”

He adds: With Christopher’s experience we are able to consult with our customers on OpenStack deployments, helping them find the best solution possible – whether that be commercially supported or open-source OpenStack. Christopher will be a valuable asset to the team at OCF.”

Christopher brings with him a wealth of experience; in his previous role as operations manager he engaged with companies across the UK to build, install and manage IT networks both remotely and on-site. As well as his significant experience with Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems, Christopher has developed expertise in web servers, networking, and Amazon Web Services. A graduate of the University of Huddersfield in Software Engineering, Christopher specialises in cloud compute and storage, virtualisation and Linux.

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