Tom Burge

Plano, TX · tom@tomburge.org

I am experienced in virtualization and data center optimization. I am extremely interested in serverless technologies and how that will evolve traditional data center and application technologies.


Experience

Cloud Management Specialist

VMware

I act as a Pre-Sales Cloud Management Specialist and help customers understand and navigate the complexities of the Hybrid Multi-Cloud, advise on increasing Operational Efficiencies using the vRealize Suite, and delivering strategies around Complex Third Party Integrations (like Configuration Management tools, IPAMs, Native Public Cloud Services, and Custom Applications, etc).

November 2017 - Present

Manager, Enterprise Architecture

Methodist Health System

At Methodist, I came in as the Team Lead for the Server Team (6 people) and was later promoted to Manager, Enterprise Architecture. I ran the technical side of the Epic Implementation for 24 months to include infrastructure design, budget and vendor relations, and managed the team of Epic specific technical resources (8 people).

December 2013 - November 2017

Lead Systems Engineer

Tech Support Now

I was the primary resource for fulfilling customer requests for hardware, software, general support and managing server systems. I also acted as the training resource for new employees.

May 2012 - December 2013

Infantryman - Sergeant

U.S. Army

I served 8 years in the U.S. Army as an Infantry. I was stationed at Schofield Barracks, HI with 1-14 Infantry, 25th Infantry Division and at Fort Bliss with 2-12 Cavalry, later redesignated as 1-77 Armor, 1st Armored Division.

I acted as a Team Lead and acting Squad Leader for a time and was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom twice (2004-2005 and 2006-2007).

August 2002 - June 2010

Education

University of Texas at Dallas

Bachelor of Arts
Political Science

GPA: 3.2

August 2009 - December 2012

Alfred M. Barbe High School

GPA: 3.2

August 1994 - May 1998

Skills

Clouds, Languages & Tools
Focus Areas
  • Hybrid Multi-Cloud Design & Management
  • Data Center Design
  • Business Process Automation
  • Tools Operationalization

Interests

Outside of my professional life, I am an avid Scuba Diver, Traveler, and Jeeper. Also currently working on my Private Pilot License. I love anywhere tropical and I recently visited Thailand.

I enjoy learning and consider myself a lifetime learner. I try and stay on top of cloud and application technology development and I'm a python enthusiast. I'm digging deeper into home automation as well as machine learning and drones.


Awards & Certifications

  • · Certifications ·
  • VMware Certified Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualization Deployment (VCAP6-DCV Deploy)
  • VMware Certified Professional 7 - Cloud Management and Automation (VCP7-CMA)
  • VMware Certified Professional 6 - Desktop and Mobility (VCP6-DTM)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 - Desktop and Mobility Deployment (VCAP6-DTM Deploy)
  • VMware Certified Professional 5 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 - Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)
  • AWS Solutions Architect - Associate 2018
  • · Awards ·
  • VMware Specialist SE of the Quarter 3rd Quarter FY19
  • VMware Specialist SE of the Year Americas FY19