Virtual Elephant
About Me

Chris Mutchler - VCDX#257

Principal Enterprise Architect

Twitter: @chrismutchler

LinkedIn: Chris Mutchler

The site is focused on discussing current cloud technologies within the public and private cloud environments. The articles and videos on the site discuss various aspects of the emerging cloud native technologies and offer insight on operationalizing these technologies in a Super Cloud architecture.

I am extremely passionate about helping individuals increase their Platform Engineering skill sets through Kubernetes, automation, and GenAI tools. 


I am a Principal Enterprise Architect, as well as a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-257) and TOGAF certified Enteprise Architect.

My career has been focused entirely on enterprise operations and working in large scale environments. I have managed environments that have started out as a few hundred physical servers to thousands of physical servers and hundreds of thousands of virtual machines.

The challenges around running a large-scale enterprise private cloud has been very rewarding and I continue to enjoy learning each day how to implement robust architectures.




  • Hadoop Summit (San Jose, CA) – VMware Big Data Extensions & Virtualizing Hadoop
  • VMworld US (San Francisco, CA) – Virtualizing Hadoop & Building Hadoop-as-a-Service
  • VMworld EMEA (Barcelona, Spain) – Virtualizing Hadoop & Building Hadoop-as-a-Service


  • Adobe Tech Summit (San Francisco, CA) – HDFS as a Data Warehouse
  • ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference (Frankfurt, Germany) – Virtualizing Hadoop


  • VMUG Webcast (Online) – How Did VMware IT Upgrade to vSphere 6.0?
  • Salt Lake City VMUG UserCon (Salt Lake City, UT) – vSphere Security


  • VMUG Virtual Event 2017 (Online) – VMworld Hybrid Cloud Hands-on-Labs Architecture


  • Phoenix VMUG (Scottsdale, AZ) – Upgrading to vSphere 6.7
  • Indy USERCON (Indianapolis, IN) – Upgrading to vSphere 6.7
  • VMworld 2018 US & EMEA – How VMware IT Transformed to a Services-based Organization
  • vBrownbag 2018 – VMware Hands-on-Labs community session
  • VMware {code} at VMworld 2018 – Automating the SDDC with Ansible


  • VMware vExpert 2015 – 2023
  • VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Administration
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Design
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Management & Automation Deployment
  • VMware Certification Subject Matter Expert – Cloud Management & Automation
  • VMware Certified Design Expert – Data Center Virtualization
  • The Open Group TOGAF 9 Certified
  • Certified Kubernetes Administrator


The views and opinions expressed on this site are strictly my own and do not reflect the opinions or views of my employer.