How i came to own a data center vending machine
11-14, 15:50–16:00 (Europe/Berlin), Helmut Schmidt Auditorium
Language: English

The presenter has been active in different data centers over many years. Many times has he helped out other parties with various tools or materials. Even looking for help from time to time, the fixe idea formed to have a data center machine to be able to buy nuts and screws, tools or cables. But this was nowhere to be found. This seemed like something to start an interesting project...
The journey started with an idea how to get some kind of data center vending machine project going. What would be needed? How could it be provided given the different machine types? How about support? All types of questions and a long journey with many people involved started.
After many setbacks, many ideas thrown out, many people saying "No this will not work!" the device actually got shipped. But this was only the start of an even longer journey to the point, the first patch cable changed hands and the first optic got programmed and used inside the data center.

After being employed in various IT positions over the last 30 years, Christian actively brandishes the BCIX flag, almost preaching about the possibilities of internet peering in Berlins data centers.
Day to day he is a managing director for Campus Networks and serves the various customers of the company with the creation of network designs and implementations.
As an adventurous hobby diver, he travels as often as his company, family and two kids allow to see the wonders of the underwater world. Something he could talk about for hours, so be careful what you ask about, ... you migth get it...