Kubernetes Experts

Team

Mark can frequently be seen wearing a spacesuit at CNCF conferences.

Mark Brandon

CEO

Mark is the CEO and Co-founder of Qbox, the creator of Supergiant, where he oversees all aspects of company operations, including product direction, sales, marketing, HR, operations, and fundraising. Prior to Qbox, he was an enterprise sales leader at Oracle, Dell, and Apple. Today, Qbox has offices on two continents, with over two dozen employees, many of whom are Certified Kubernetes Administrators. Mark also serves on the CNCF Marketing Committee.

Mike loves FJ cruisers and was on the committee that authored the CKA exam.

Mike Johnston

CTO

Before joining Qbox, Mike had already established himself as an expert in the DevOps field, working for over 15 years with everything from large organizations like Walmart to small startups, helping them optimize their infrastructure. Since joining the team, Mike has transitioned the Qbox infrastructure to Kubernetes, co-created Supergiant, has become a Kubernetes contributor, and served on the Cloud Native Computing Foundation Certification Committee where he helped author the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam.

Aaron Teague

CKA, Technical Support

Aaron earned his CKA in 2018 and now spends most of his time administering 9 clusters and 500+ nodes for Qbox’s hosted Elasticsearch service. He is also our resident maker.

Clarke Vennerbeck

CKA, CKAD, Technical Support

When he is not fully engulfed by the flames of industrial progress, Clarke is a mild-mannered CKA and CKAD. He is also the primary author of Supergiant University's 90+ modules.

Dmytro Tsapko

Supergiant Feature Developer

Dmytro has been doing Infrastructure and dev stuff for about ten years. In addition, he teaches Golang programming, programming patterns, and reliable software development to first- and second-year students.

Eldridge Henley

CKA, Technical Support

Eldridge earned his CKA in 2018 and manages our team of Technical Support Engineers for Supergiant and Qbox’s hosted Elasticsearch. He proudly holds the title of “greatest beard.”

Gerald Lamont

Supergiant Project Manager

Gerald is the company's time-line wrangler and detail juggler. He is also a serious history buff and regularly provides “this day in history” notes.

Gleb Stepanov

CKA, CKAD, Supergiant Feature Developer, Technical Support

Gleb has been developing with Java, Python, and Go for more than six years and has earned the CKA and CKAD designations. He is a former Openstack contributor and current Supergiant contributor.

Joe Kane

Supergiant Front-End Engineer

As a Clojure/Javascript developer, Joe spends most of his time building tools that solve real-world infrastructure problems. He’s also probably the only hockey fan within 150 miles.

Kelly Strauch

Analyst, Product Strategist

When she's not busy scheming new ways to save on infrastructure costs, Kelly takes care of anything Salesforce-related. She says she owes much gratitude to her feline roommates for their keyboard prowess and assistance in late-night crunch times.

Kirill Goltsman, PhD

Content Director

Kirill spends most of his time studying cloud native technologies and writing about Kubernetes and Elasticsearch for Qbox and Supergiant blogs.

Michael Lussier

Technical Support Engineer

Michael has been developing with Ruby, Ruby on Rails, and Elasticsearch to build features for and to support Qbox for four years.

Nick Rager

Technical Support Engineer

Nick works all the gizmos and bleep-bloops in Operations, working to make the world a better place through distributed data exploration and container orchestration.

Serhii Aheienko

CKA, Technical Support

As a GO Developer, Serhii started using Kubernetes in 2017 and earned his CKA in 2018 shortly after joining the Supergiant team. A native of Ukraine, he is a contributor to the Supergiant Toolkit.

Taras Hetmanchuk

Design Lead

Taras rules UX/UI and visual identity for all products, and he is the primary owner of our design libraries and style guides. He is also our in-house DJ/mixmaster.

Victoria Coppett

Operations Manager

Victoria has worked in the early-stage/startup arena for the past 20 years. At Qbox since 2013, she juggles various hats — HR/payroll; metrics reporting; marketing assistant; fundraising assistant; final-eyes copyeditor; accounting assistant; den mother; and “whaaaat?”

Will Cooper

Account Executive

Will has been leading the sales efforts for both Qbox and Supergiant since 2017. He has earned the well-deserved reputation of being “a total weirdo” and has been voted "most likely to eat your unlabeled food in the fridge."

The Company

Supergiant is a brand of Qbox Hosted Elasticsearch, and was born of the need to reduce waste on cloud investment.

The Supergiant toolkit was created to “scratch our own itch,” as they say. Our cloud bills were too high because our hardware utilization was too low. We found that the so-called autoscaling tools from most vendors only meant it was easy to scale up. Seriously? Anybody can scale up! Actually, scaling down is what is most important when you are on a budget and paying by the compute hour. At the end of the day, our utilization went from the low teens to over 92% utilization, saving us 50% off our cloud bill, a sum that amounted to over a half million dollars per year. Profit margins doubled, and we had flexibility to invest in our own product rather than seeing money fly out the door into the pockets of the public cloud providers. This was too good to keep secret.

Our mission is to bring these cloud-native, open-source tools other businesses. We have contributed the tools to the open source community, and if you like them, consider getting a Kubernetes Support Subscription from us. Remember: most companies are not interested in helping their customers scale DOWN. Supergiant allows you to scale infrastructure UP AND DOWN, based on what your business and applications ACTUALLY need.

Investors

Come work with Supergiant

We are a global company based in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA) with offices in Europe and Southeast Asia. We are always looking for exceptional engineering and DevOps talent. Visit our job board below and submit your resume if you’re interested in working with our fantastic team.

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