In just a couple of decades, technology has launched itself off the ground and provided the means for individuals and businesses alike to connect in ways that were unimaginable just a short time ago. Joshua Burgin has dedicated his career to advancements in technology and innovation. From his early career on the ground floor at Amazon to his current position as VP of Product and Strategy at VMware, Joshua Burgin has played an active role behind the scenes of technological advancements. One aspect of his role at VMware is to address various concerns, and one complex problem that he has helped to solve is that of Kubernetes. VMware supports container technology that helps companies succeed.
His Career History
Joshua Burgin started his career as one of Amazon’s first 100 employees back in the late 90s in Seattle, Washington. He wrote software for their retail website, which is professionally referred to as Devops. When he secured this position, he had no idea how quickly Amazon would scale into a global presence that went beyond that of an online retail platform. He would return to Amazon years later to become General Manager of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Outposts. He not only got to be a part of Amazon’s initial growth but a vital part of its expansion into the world of cloud technology.
Burgin has always been attracted to innovative businesses that weren’t afraid to take calculated risks. He has a history of securing positions in companies that may be in the start-up period but demonstrate great promise. He was there in the early days of Amazon, as well as a popular gaming company called Zynga. As Senior Director of Technology Platform and Services, he led the development of in-game advertising, which provided a significant increase in revenue for the company.
In addition to his work life, Joshua Burgin is always happy to share his experience and knowledge with others. He is often sought after as a keynote speaker due to his unique understanding of not only technology but what it takes to be a successful leader in this industry. He has also published several articles on various tech and management topics. He is also listed as an inventor on over 20 patents.
Joshua Burgin at VMware
VMware is a virtualization and cloud computing software provider. VMware is most commonly known for its VMware server virtualization, which allows multiple virtual machines to run on one physical server. In 2019, VMware added support to run container workloads in a Kubernetes cluster, similar to the VMware server virtualization process. Burgin was drawn to VMware due to the opportunities this shift would provide. He saw a lot of opportunities in VMware Tanzu. He also admired the company’s dedication to allocating a large portion of its spending back into the premise to ensure applications are modernized.
Joshua Burgin started his career at VMware in January 2022. As VP of Product and Strategy, he has three main areas of focus. One of these areas includes understanding the needs of the customer and ensuring that the company’s product portfolio and roadmaps reflect those needs. Burgin is a firm believer in the importance of putting the consumer first. Customer service has long been a cornerstone in the way he operates, regardless of what business he works for. In the digital world, customer satisfaction is key due to the high demands of this platform. Another focus within his role is working with peers in other business units to determine what they can do to work better. Anyone in the business world understands the value of continued improvement. Staying stagnant in today’s competitive market simply isn’t an option. Finally, his position involves building and improving the operating system for the company.
The Kubernetes Complexity Problem
Container technology, to some degree, has been implemented by 70% of companies. Container technology is a lightweight, executable software that stores application codes and dependencies, allowing easy deployment of information across different computing sites. This software makes key elements of operating a business easier, more cost-effective, and more secure. This technology can help a business thrive within any industry.
To address this growing desire for container technology, VMware is adapting to have the support needed for this technology. They are doing this through Tanzu Mission Control and Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG). One of the main issues they are looking to address is complexity. Kubernetes is a portable, open-source platform that manages container workloads. Kubernetes operates on a dynamic architectural platform. Containers are created and destroyed, and containers contain many moving parts that can be hard to perfect. Swapnil Bhartiya sits down with Joshua Burgin sat down to discuss VMware Tanzu and how it is helping solve the complexity problem with Kubernetes.
Complexity is a serious challenge with Kubernetes and is a top priority to solve. The goal is to minimize complexity problems and make it more open and able to accommodate and perfect the various workloads in container tech.
Joshua Burgin is excited to be a part of VMware’s mission to innovation and technological advancements. He looks forward to a promising future for Tanzu Mission Control as well as the TKG. The continued improvement of these systems will mean more security, ease of use, and adaptability of their container technology. Read more about Joshua Burgin.