Brian McClain

Hey There! I'm Brian

I’m a Staff Technologist at VMware working on the Tanzu Developer Center, both as a developer and as a content creator. I’ve always loved learning and experimenting with new technologies, and I love sharing what I learn with others even more.

I joined VMware by way of acquisition, coming from Pivotal where I was a Principal Product Marketing Manager. I spent quite a bit of time time talking about what Pivotal had to offer. Prior to Pivotal, I was a Software Engineer at Basho, 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, kayaking, boxing, or just enjoying the calmness of a lazy weekend afternoon.

January 2020


Staff Technologist

Joined VMware by way of acquisition. Creating content and technical ownership of 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