General Manager, VMware Cloud Practice at Rackspace
Arrian has been involved in the IT industry for nearly 20 years, spanning enterprise engineering architecture to professional services encompassing infrastructure, application and managed services to technical sales and currently to general manager for the VMware Cloud Practice at Rackspace. Arrian received his degree from a Top 5 engineering university in the US majoring in Computer Engineering and specializing in Computer Science and Information Systems. Arrian started his career in technology by supporting UNIX systems in the utility industry at Southern Company while in Atlanta. Not long after receiving his bachelorâ€™s degree, Arrian relocated to Austin to join Dell in performance analysis of server, workstation, and storage subsystems inclusive of authoring white papers and contributing member of the patent program. Arrian developed multiple competencies by serving in different capacities over his twelve-year career Dell as a presales engineer, a solutions architect, and ultimately a field sales executive through the acquisition of Perot Services developing and closing simple infrastructure projects to large complex multimillion dollar data center outsourcing initiatives.
After earning several awards and honors inclusive of his crowning achievement as Services Account Executive of the Year presented by Michael Dell, Arrian departed to join Rackspace to build and lead the Advisory Services practice in the US, on the charter to make cloud adoption simple for businesses through cloud strategy and transformation consultancy. Twelve months later Arrian did the same at a much greater scale for Rackspace International, based out of London as International Director of Rackspace Technical Services leading an organization inclusive of Advisory, Transformation, Solution Architecture, OpenStack Cloud, Professional Services and Program Management. Arrian recently completed his international assignment and has returned to Rackspace headquarters in the US and remains in a global capacity, as General Manager for the entire VMware Cloud Practice.
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