Brian McClain

Hey There! I'm Brian

I’m a Senior Product Education Engineer at HashiCorp, primarily focusing on Terraform. I’ve always loved learning and experimenting with new technologies, and I love sharing what I learn with others even more.

Prior to HashiCorp, I worked at VMware as a Staff Technologist on the Tanzu Developer Center, both as a developer and as a content creator. I joined VMware by way of acquisition through Pivotal where I was a Principal Product Marketing Manager, talking about what Pivotal had to offer.

At Basho I was a Software Engineer working to squeeze every bit of performance we could out of Riak, our flagship NoSQL database. At Warner Music Group, I led the Infrastructure Engineering team where I managed a team that designed, built, and managed their Cloud Foundry-based infrastructure, as well as worked with the development team to help educate and architect their cloud-native applications. Before all of that, I started my career at Diebold, an ATM manufacturer. There I was a part of the Emerging Technologies team, where I helped evaluate new technologies that we thought might help enhance Diebold’s products and services.

I’ve co-authored a book (Getting Started with Knative) as well as a Pluralsight course (Managing Applications with Cloud Foundry), both of which I found great enjoyment in creating. I’ve given several conference talks at events such as Cloud Foundry Summit, VMworld, and OSCON, ranging from 100’s of attendees to a dozen during lunch.

On the personal side, I like to focus on things that help me unwind. That may be through a good movie or video game, lifting, boxing, kayaking, or just enjoying the calmness of a lazy weekend afternoon.

November 2022


Senior Product Education Engineer

Creating educational content for HashiCorp products with a primary focus on Terraform

January 2020


Staff Technologist

Joined VMware by way of acquisition. Technical ownership and content creation for the Tanzu Developer Center

April 2017


Associate Principal Product Marketing Manager

Created educational content, demos, and presentations for Pivotal's entire portfolio

March 2015


Software Engineer

Performance engineering on Basho's Riak and Riak TS NoSQL databases, as well as competitive performance research

October 2012

Warner Music Group

Lead of Infrastructure Engineering

Architected, deployed, end managed the Cloud Foundry-based infrastructure for WMG's greenfield organization to migrate to a cloud-native architecture

January 2009


Software Engineer, Researcher for Emerging Technologies

Evaluated technologies to determine how they may be used to enhance Diebold's products and services


University of Akron

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

Member of the ACM, special studies in computer security as well as parallel and distributed processing