Michael Solberg, as a chief architect, is responsible for helping Red Hat customers achieve their key business transformation initiatives through open source architectures and technologies. He regularly advises a range of Fortune 100 companies in financial services, healthcare, retail, and transportation verticals on topics such as cloud computing, big data, high-performance computing, and enterprise middleware. At Red Hat since 2008, Michael has led a number of successful initiatives to assist strategic customers adopt new virtualization, systems management, and engineering practices. His previous experience includes building web hosting infrastructure. He is also an avid supporter of the OpenStack project. Michael holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and is a regular speaker at industry events.
I would like to thank Kyle Gonzales and Brent Holden for their early work on the project. Huge thanks to Joseph Scalia for reviewing the book and continually encouraging me to work on the project.
Ben Silverman, as the Principal Cloud Architect for OnX Enterprise Solutions, is responsible for providing strategic and tactical cloud leadership to OnX’s customers. Previously, Ben was a Senior Cloud Architect at Mirantis, where he developed cloud solutions for many Fortune 100 companies. Ben has been involved with OpenStack since the Havana release and is an active technical contributor. Prior to working for Mirantis, Ben was the Lead Technical Architect at American Express, where he built one of the largest financial services OpenStack clouds at that time. Ben is an exuberant OpenStack evangelist who is often seen speaking at industry events and conventions about OpenStack adoption, scale challenges, and cloud operations. In his limited spare time, Ben and a few others have taken on the task of re-writing all of the OpenStack architecture and operations guides that are currently available on the OpenStack Foundation website. Ben has a Master’s degree in Information Management from Arizona State University and lives in Phoenix, AZ.
I would like to thank my wife, Jennifer, and my two sons, Jason and Brayden, for all of the love and encouragement, as well as the necessary interruptions to make me smile with a hug, a kiss, a silly comment, or a new drawing for daddy’s desk.