Quobyte makes software that turns commodity servers into a reliable and highly automated data center file system. It combines the latest distributed systems research with proven concepts for large-scale infrastructure and can handle all workloads in a single consolidated deployment: from virtual machines over shared file storage to Big Data and HPC. It comes with all the benefits of a data center file system: full fault tolerance, resilience, scalability and self-management – in short, it greatly simplifies data center operations. In addition to HPC and Big Data, Quobyte’s customers use the system’s capabilities in such diverse areas as public OpenStack cloud infrastructure and large-scale web services.

Björn Kolbeck

Chief Executive Officer

Quobyte CTO Felix Hupfeld and CEO Björn Kolbeck founded the company in 2013 in Berlin. While the two were working at Google, they noticed the ease with which surprisingly small teams were operating the storage infrastructure fueling the tech giant’s server and services—and they realized that their previous research and development for the distributed file system XtreemFS allowed for something along the same lines. Following through on their ideas led to the founding of Quobyte.

Before co-founding Quobyte, Felix Hupfeld spent 4 1/2 years at Google as a software engineer in storage infrastructure. Previously, he was a researcher at Zuse Institute Berlin, where he was project manager and architect of XtreemFS. Earlier, he was a software engineering intern at Google in Zürich, Switzerland; a student research assistant at Karlsruge Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Karlsruhe; and a consultant for Siemens. Hupfeld earned a Diploma, Informatik degree from Universität Karlsruge and a Dr. rer. nat. degree in computer science from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Before co-founding Quobyte, Björn Kolbeck was a software engineer at Google in Zürich, Switzerland. Prior to that, he spent more than 5 yeras as a research assistant at the Zuse Institute Berlin. He began his career as an intern in IT development for Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt, Germany; a student research assistant in the Department of Chemistry at Freie Universität Berlin; and as a software engineering intern at Google. Kolbeck earned a Diplom, computer science degree from Technische Universität Berlin and a Ph.D. in computer science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.