Rackspace Appoints Cloud Automation Expert, Brian Stein, as Vice President of Global Engineering

Brian Stein, a cloud automation expert with more than 15 years of experience in open source development, user experience, quality engineering and assurance, release engineering and project management, has joined Rackspace as vice president of global engineering. Prior to Rackspace, Mr. Stein served as senior vice president of engineering at Puppet Labs, where he helped drive Puppet’s offerings into an enterprise-grade platform.

“Brian’s unique experience delivering industry-changing infrastructure, automation and management platforms will help extend Rackspace’s leadership in the multi-cloud world,” said Scott Crenshaw, senior vice president of strategy and products at Rackspace. “Brian brings expertise, an innovation track record and open source community development capabilities that will enable us to better simplify the complexity of using diverse cloud platforms.”

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“As organizations continue their adoption of cloud, they will need the complexity removed,” said Brian Stein.

At Puppet Labs, Mr. Stein led the movement towards configuration-as-code, which has helped form the foundation of the modern DevOps movement. Prior to Puppet Labs, Stein was vice president of engineering at Red Hat. His responsibilities included engineering leadership for the company’s virtualization, management and security offerings, including OpenStack, kvm and Xen.

Mr. Stein was a key leader in Red Hat’s transformation to cloud infrastructure, according to Rackspace, and created and led one of the largest OpenStack engineering teams in the industry.

“I’m thrilled to join Rackspace to help build the future of the multi-cloud world,” said Brian Stein. “As organizations continue their adoption of cloud, they will need the complexity removed. Rackspace’s ability to bring expertise in scale to OpenStack and other leading technologies is making it easier for enterprises to adopt cloud by consuming infrastructure as a managed service.”

Stein holds a master’s degree in computer science from The State University of New York Binghamton in Vestal, NY.