Hugh Brock is the Research Director for Red Hat, in the Office of the CTO, coordinating Red Hat’s research collaboration with universities worldwide. As Research Director he is responsible for joint research projects between Red Hat engineers and university researchers that run the gamut from unikernels, FPGA design tooling, next-generation networking and storage technology, and user experience design. Hugh took on Red Hat’s research program after a three-year stint in Brno, Czechia, where he led a large team of developers working on Red Hat’s OpenStack management tool, OSP-Director. A Red Hat manager since 2008 and a Red Hatter since 2002, Hugh’s career focus has been distributed systems, virtualization, and cloud; as such he is very happy to be leading Red Hat’s research efforts in the Open Hybrid Cloud space. Hugh and his family reside in Camden, Maine.