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Gerd Becker

Gerd Becker is a Project Manager for EMPALIS Consulting GmbH, an IBM Business Partner in Germany. He has more than 40 years of IT experience, including over 20 years experience with storage management products such as DFSMS and Tivoli Storage Manager. His areas of expertise include IBM Tivoli Storage Manager implementation projects and education at customer sites, including mainframe environments (OS/390®, VSE, VM, and Linux® for zSeries®).

In the context of data protection he has certifications and experience in project management. He holds several certifications, including technical and sales, and is an IBM Tivoli Certified Instructor. He has developed and taught several storage classes for IBM Education Services in Germany, Switzerland and Austria and for qSkills in Nuernberg. He has been Chairman of the Guide Share Europe (GSE) Storage-Usergroup for more than 17 years and member of the committee organizing the well known TSM or ISP Symposium. He is author of the Redbooks „IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Technical Guide 5.3, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Technical Guide 6.1, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Certification Guide 6.1, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager as a Dataprotection Solution“, did the Betatest for TSM Version since 5.3 to 8.1.x and is member of the TSM Early Access Program.

Thomas Eifert

Thomas Eifert studied Physics at RWTH Aachen University where he received his Ph.D. in solid state chemistry. He joined the IT Center's predecessor 1992 and worked in several fields of services with a focus on stateful services like Backup/Archive.
Since 2013 he is the CTO of the IT Center.
His current focus of interest is on digitalization of research, and how central IT can support this.

Kirsten Glöer

Kirsten Glöer has studied computer science at the University of Karlsruhe. She has more than 20 years experience with storage management products such as Spectrum Protect/TSM/ADSM. After her studies, she was employed for five years at the University of Karlsruhe and organized together with Prof. Gerhard Schneider and Klaus Dilper the ADSM workshops, the predecessor of the TSM Symposiums. Since 2009, Kirsten is system administrator for Unix, SAN and NFS storage systems, VMware and Spectrum Protect at FIZ Karlsruhe.

Peter Groth

Peter is the President of GUIDE SHARE EUROPE. In the working life he is among other functions the Managing Director of BTB GmbH in Germany, Leinfelden.

Claus Kalle

Claus has been involved with system administration at the University of Cologne for 40 years. Since 1990 he has been head of the Systems Department and his main interest is in storage networking solutions and linux based server farms. He was involved in leading the German Unix Users Group (GUUG) for many years and was Speaker of the operating systems committee of the ZKI-Verein (www.zki.de) until 2016.

Peter Micke

Peter Micke is working as an IT project manager for Empalis Consulting GmbH, an IBM Business Partner in Germany. After finishing his studies of electrical engineering he got into contact with ADSM 20 years ago and kept stuck with the product over the years. He's developing TSM concepts, teaching workshops and also doing installations on different platforms, including TDPs. Besides the daily work, his focus is on improving management and monitoring capabilities of the TSM environment.

Bjørn Nachtwey

Bjørn got in contact with TSM in late 2001 as a client user at the computing center of the Stuttgart University. Some years later he started to administrate TSM servers. At the GWDG he launched the new backup environment with several servers for the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and the Univerisity of Göttingen three years ago. Before doing the „backup job“ he spent time on HPC systems and research on parallel algorithms for computational numerics. In the meantime Bjørn led the server group at the Braunschweig University IT Center. He is the current speaker of the operating systems committee of the ZKI-Verein (www.zki.de <http://www.zki.de>). Bjørn is also privacy supervisor of his company.

Joachim Schultes

Since 2011 Joachim is the head of the department for central systems, media service and central windows services at the Zentrum für Informations- und Medienverarbeitung (http://www.zim.uni-wuppertal.de/). He is mainly involved in the central datacentre infrastructure (VM-Hosts and SAN), the central file storage and the central backup. In 2012 the old backup solution was totally exchanged with ISP for the whole existing environment. In addition, the VM-Clusters and applications (Exchange and SQL) were included directly the first time.

Joachim has studied physics at the University of Wuppertal and did his PhD in the context of the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. In 2007 he moved over to the Grid-Computing in the context of Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (http://wlcg.web.cern.ch/) and focussed on administration, organisation and optimisation of the local storage infrastructure (http://www.pleiades.uni-wuppertal.de/).