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Karim Vaes

( Karim Vaes )

Cloud-first mindset with a clear love for Azure, DevOps & Containers


An Information Technology generalist, with a broad knowledge of the IT industry, a keen business understanding and an open mind. Karim has earned his marks in various technical domains within the Infrastructure domain and held several bridge roles between Infrastructure & Development teams. 

He is able to translate complex technical issues to understandable business terms. Understanding what IT can, or cannot, do for a business to achieve the right fit for each environment comes naturally. Despite having a deep technical insight, he will be able to provide technology/vendor agnostic designs that are cost effective solutions in regards to the requirements. 

His experience ranges from the solutions that find their affinity in the OpenSource community towards the entire stack of Microsoft. Despite having a proven track record within the OpenSource community, Karim has more than adequate knowledge about the Microsoft ecosystem. In the end, it does not matter if the business capabilities need to be hosted in Microsoft's public cloud or on their own premises, the focus on getting the right match per workload is the goal!

Designing new services with the matching business & pricing models are also nothing new. With a high service focus, the affinity towards cloud and operational excellence comes naturally. He possesses both a great technical and a profound business insight, which turns him into a real intrapreneur.

The last year he has been focussing on three major contribution areas ;
- Microsoft Azure : Ranging from the entire public landscape towards private deployments with Azure Stack
- Containers : Windows & Linux Containers, mainly in combination with Rancher orchestration
- DevOps : Driving the culture change and introducing the basic concepts that entail the movement