James Bowling is a Cloud Infrastructure Architect with over 17 years experience in the IT industry. James has worked in enterprise infrastructure and currently works in the VAR space for GDT in Dallas, Texas. He is the Principal Consultant for the Data Center Practice at GDT, where his current role involves architecting and implementation of large scale virtualized infrastructures. Lately, his main focus has been cloud automation and orchestration. James has received awards for his data center designs and forward thinking architectures. He has extensive experience with designing, deploying, and maintaining virtualized infrastructures while utilizing different types of technology to achieve flexible and fluid infrastructures. He has also presented worldwide at various technology conferences and pushes the envelope when it comes to community involvement. James is a VCAP5-DCA, VCAP5-DCD, VCP5-DCV, VCP5-IaaS, VCP-Cloud, EMCCA, VMware vExpert (x6), Cisco Champion-Data Center (x2), EMC Elect, PernixPro, and co-leader of the Dallas-Fort Worth VMware User Group. Find James on Twitter: @vSential.