Sterling has been in the industry for 20 years in a variety of different roles. Sterling is passionate about leveraging new technologies in new and exciting ways and continues to work to modernize the way companies manage Private and Public clouds, and of course the melding of both Hybrid Cloud. Sterling has worked in several different industries including K-12 Education, Real Estate and most recently a Managed Service Provider. Sterling has technical experience in Public and Private cloud Technologies as well as DevOps and Open Source, including Azure, Azure Stack, Azure DevOps, Hyper-V, Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS, RedHat) and Docker.
Sterling is currently a Senior Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft. In his current role he focuses mostly on proactive service for customers utilizing Microsoft Azure. This can include advisory calls and on site visits, as well as more structured training sessions on Azure specific topics. His primary focus is Azure Automation and DevOps, but he also has experience in IaaS, Web Apps and many other Azure services.
As a Product Architect on the Microsoft Cloud team, Sterling’s role was to shape the look and feel of the Microsoft Private Cloud at Rackspace including Hyper-V, Cloud Platform, and Azure Stack. In his role he was focused on Microsoft Cloud Technologies based on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Azure Stack and Microsoft Virtualization.
He was involved with a variety of Microsoft programs including Azure Advisor and several TAP and Preview Programs.
During his time at Rackspace he served in a variety of different roles. As a Systems Engineer he helped manage several large hybrid server deployments with technologies such as Microsoft SQL Server and VMware. As a Product Architect, he assisted with the launch of two new Microsoft Product Offerings, Fanatical Support for Hyper-V and Cloud Platform as well as Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure.
Sterling currently holds a variety of Azure and industry certifications, including but not limited to:
During his time at Rackspace Sterling worked very closely with Andre Stephens and Co-Architected several mission critical applications.
Graviton was developed fully in house utilizing Visual Studio and is a .NET MVC application. It is architected primarily in Azure using Web Apps, Cosmos DB, Key Vault, Hybrid Connections, monitored using Application Insights, and deployed via CI/CD and Azure DevOps. Features include Capacity Planning for Hyper-V which utilizes a PowerShell backend to gather metrics from Hyper-V servers and report them to end users. Graviton is also used for all implementation and deployment of Virtual Machines and Hosts to decrease build time and reduce human error. These processes use Azure Automation and Hybrid Workers where possible, PowerShell is leveraged to provide JSON returns allowing a fully automated end to end workflow.
Co-Architected monitoring solution for Microsoft Azure support at Rackspace allowing the generation of trouble tickets in our internal systems from Operations Management Suite and Log Analytics.
As one of the world’s largest managed cloud providers, Rackspace hosts all kinds of workloads for thousands of organizations—from small businesses to global enterprises, including more than half of the Fortune 100. It serves customers on all the major cloud platforms, including its recent addition of Azure to its offerings.
If you’d like to reach out you can find Sterling available on a variety of social media platforms.
- Simplifying Virtualization with Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Whitepaper - Covers the new features and enhancements in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
- Application-aware disaster recovery for VMware, Hyper-V and Azure IaaS VMs with Azure Site - Sterling took the stage near the end to cover the Site Recovery Product from Rackspace