Philipp Strube, Developer in Berlin, Germany
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Philipp Strube

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Software Developer

Berlin, Germany
Toptal Member Since
December 10, 2020

Philipp is a senior DevOps specialist and expert in all things related to cloud, Terraform, and Kubernetes. He maintains the open-source Terraform framework Kubestack that helps teams build reliable automation for AKS, EKS, and GKE. Philipp previously founded the public PaaS provider cloudControl and worked on IaaS at Exoscale and enterprise Kubernetes at CoreOS. Most recently, Philipp helped companies adopt a cloud-native approach in his role as a director of technology at Container Solutions.


GitHub, GitLab CI/CD, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)...
Container Solutions
Amazon EKS, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Kubernetes, Terraform...
CoreOS, Tectonic, Terraform, Prometheus, Kubernetes




Preferred Environment

Terraform, Amazon EKS, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Kubernetes

The most amazing...

...thing I've achieved is innovating on transformational cloud and container technology for 10+ years from public PaaS and IaaS to Kubernetes and now GitOps.

Work Experience


2017 - PRESENT
  • Maintained Kubestack, the open-source Terraform framework since December 2018, supporting AKS, EKS, and GKE managed Kubernetes.
  • Provided documentation, tutorials, and content marketing and built a community around the open-source framework.
  • Automated Kubernetes with GitOps using Terraform, making the process seamless for the teams from local development to production.
Technologies: GitHub, GitLab CI/CD, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Amazon EKS, Kubernetes, Terraform

Director of Technology

2018 - 2020
Container Solutions
  • Started Container Solution's SRE practice, hired the first team, and led the groundwork of how to provide SRE as a service to clients.
  • Helped companies from finance to manufacturing adopt cloud-native best practices, including organizational changes and learning and adopting new processes and technologies.
  • Led teams on software development and infrastructure automation projects for international clients.
  • Started the company's Berlin branch and recruited and hired employees for the new office.
Technologies: Amazon EKS, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Kubernetes, Terraform, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)

General Manager for EMEA

2017 - 2018
  • Led the engineering management and product management teams to integrate Prometheus as the monitoring solution into CoreOS' enterprise Kubernetes distribution Tectonic.
  • Prototyped experimental integrations for Tectonic, including Google Cloud Platform, Packet, and VMware.
  • Helped out as an early European sales engineering resource for partners and potential customers.
Technologies: CoreOS, Tectonic, Terraform, Prometheus, Kubernetes

Managing Director for Germany

2016 - 2017
  • Introduced sign-up funnel analytics and experiments to iteratively increase conversion rates.
  • Released open-source Ansible playbook for multi-master Kubernetes on Exoscale's IaaS solution.
  • Contributed to product and content marketing to differentiate from other developer-focused cloud offerings.
Technologies: Ansible, Python, Terraform, IaaS

Founder | CEO

2009 - 2016
  • Developed the PaaS technology and founded one of the world's first public PaaS providers, running production workloads in containers as early as 2011.
  • Conducted 24/7 operations and provided customer support for thousands of virtual machines across multiple cloud providers and regions.
  • Innovated in the early days of cloud and containers, being recognized in the Gartner Magic Quadrant report for PaaS twice.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), IaaS, Platform as a Service (PaaS), Boto, Django, OpenStack, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Python

Kubestack | Terraform GitOps Framework
Kubestack provides everything teams need to build reliable automation for AKS, EKS, and GKE Kubernetes clusters in one free and open-source framework. It integrates Terraform providers and resources into a reliable inheritance-based multi-environment automation with a GitOps workflow for teams.

Terraform Provider Kustomization
This provider extends Terraform to support Kubernetes manifests managed via Kustomize and integrate each resource into Terraform's plan-apply lifecycle.

It can be used both as a replacement for Kubectl in a standalone CI/CD pipeline and to integrate Kubernetes resources into existing Terraform configurations.


Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Amazon EKS, Terraform, GitHub, GitLab, Kubernetes Operators, GitLab CI/CD, Ansible, Boto




Kubernetes, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Azure, Docker, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kubestack, CoreOS, OpenStack, Application Platform


Python, Go




Architecture, CI/CD Pipelines, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Prometheus, Tectonic, IaaS, Platform as a Service (PaaS)

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