Brian Bolander spent 13 years on active duty in the United States Air Force. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he was honorably discharged in 2005. He immediately returned to Afghanistan and worked on datacenter operations for the US Department of Defense (DoD) at various locations in southwest Asia. Invited to join a select team of internal consultants and troubleshooters responsible for operations in five countries, he was also the project manager for what was then the largest datacenter built in Afghanistan.
After leaving Afghanistan in 2011, he managed IT operations in a DoD datacenter in the San Francisco Bay Area. His team was responsible for dozens of multimillion dollar programs running on VMware and supporting users across the globe.
He scratched his adrenaline itch in 2011 when he went back "downrange", this time directing the premier engineering and installation team for the DoD in Afghanistan. It was his privilege to lead this talented group of engineers who were responsible for architecting virtual datacenter installations, IT project management, infrastructure upgrades, and technology deployments on VMware for the entire country from 2011 to 2013.
Selected as a vExpert in 2014, he is currently supporting Operation Enduring Freedom as a senior virtualization and storage engineer.
He loves his family, friends, and rescue mutts. He digs science, technology, and geek gear. He's an audiophile, a horologist, an avid collector, a woodworker, an amateur photographer, and a virtualization nerd.