Burke Azbill I began working with computers in the 90s. The first computer I owned was purchased from a friend while I was serving in the USAF. Fast-forward through self-training, certifications, work, etc…

I have been a technology professional since 1996 and have held certifications from the CNCF, Cisco, Citrix, ITIL, Linux Professional Institute, Microsoft, Novell, and VMware. I joined VMware in 2007 as part of the acquisition of Dunes Technologies from Lausanne, Switzerland where I had begun my work with Orchestrator. For several years, I was a leading contributor to the VMTN Communities for Orchestrator.

I’ve been recognized by the community as a vExpert since 2010. During my tenure at VMware, I co-created the Orchestrator Master’s Training program, have trained hundreds of employees on Orchestrator, built many integrations for customers and partners, and have volunteered as Lab Captain and Lab Principal in the VMworld Hands On Labs. I have also been a member, and technical lead, of the VMware Livefire Solutions and Services program, building content, labs, and vPods for the program. I now manage the infrastructure and automation that powers the Livefire Labs.

Publications include

  • VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT) (VMware Press 2013) - contributing author

Technical Resource for the following

  • VMware vRealize Orchestrator Cookbook - Second Edition
  • VMware vRealize Orchestrator Cookbook
  • VMware vRealize Orchestrator Essentials (Packt Publishing 2015)
  • Automating vSphere with VMware vCenter Orchestrator (VMware Press 2012)
  • VMware vSphere for Dummies (For Dummies 2011)

On May 7th, 2010, I launched vCO Team with Christophe Decanini. Up until 2020, the website was running Joomla. Since we had both pretty much stopped posting there, I spent a couple weeks converting the site and all posts into Hugo and re-hosted the site on GitHub. This allowed me to get rid of the paid hosting account I had been paying for over the last decade. Since this transition, I have had a growing interest in self-hosting.

In 2016, my team registered livefire.solutions so we could launch a blog for the VMware Livefire team.

Since 2007, I have been blessed to be employed by VMware, Inc. This site and its content are mine alone and do not reflect the thoughts and opinions of my employer.

My hobbies include World Travel, delicious food, and technology - In 2022, I started my YouTube channel (and resumed this blog), with a focus on Self Hosting and Home Labs.