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Rob Esker

NetApp, Inc.
Product & Strategy
Austin, Texas
Rob has been involved with the OpenStack community dating to its origins in 2010. He founded NetApp’s OpenStack effort and serves as a member of the foundation’s Board of Directors. He architected the earliest OpenStack on NetApp deployments, is a frequent speaker at OpenStack Design Summits, conferences and user groups, and is an occasional ATC. His eight year tenure at NetApp has spanned from co-founder of NetApp’s field cloud architecture team, to currently leading product management for OpenStack. His charter focuses on strategy, integration and development of NetApp portfolio technologies in and around OpenStack as well as business development, organizational and process alignment for bringing the value of NetApp’s OpenStack capabilities to market.

Prior to NetApp, Rob served in a variety of roles at Apple, Inc. ranging from building and directing a team of expert consultants, to serving as Technical Attaché to the CEO and the Board of Directors reporting directly to Steve Jobs. He’s a former U.S. Marine, and resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and two daughters.