Currently providing technical evangelism for NGINX, Dave works with developers and architects to understand the advantages of modern microservice architectures and orchestration to solve large-scale distributed systems challenges, especially with open source and its innovation. Dave has been a champion for open systems and open source from the early days of Linux, through open distributed file systems like XFS, GFS, and GlusterFS to today’s world of clouds and containers. He often speaks on topics such as the real-world issues associated with emerging software architectures and practices, on open source software and on creating new technology companies. At one point, Dave was considered one of the few people in the world who understood both Unix and VMS internals. (Guess which one was more valuable.)
Dave often speaks on technical topics like distributed request tracing, modern monitoring practices, open sources projects from both corporations and foundation views, and on how open source innovations powers today’s world.
Dave was named as one of the top ten pioneers in open source by Computer Business Review, having cut his teeth on Linux and compilers before the phrase “open source” was coined. Well versed in trivia, he won a Golden Penguin in 2002. When he’s not talking, you can find him hiking with his trusty camera, trying to keep up with his wife.