Rick joined Datatrend in 2013. With extensive expertise in VMware, Windows, Linux/Unix, server hardware architecture, complex solution design and implementation, systems performance optimization and extensive virtualization & cloud computing experience, Rick has assisted hundreds of customers with their implementation of projects with key focus areas being banking solutions, high volume computing/high performance computing solutions and virtualization and virtualization migrations. Formerly a Senior Client Technical Specialist for IBM, Rick has extensive experience with taking customer design requests and turning them into world-class solutions to meet ever-changing customer needs. Rick graduated with his B.Sc. in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University in Atlanta and has his M.Sc. in Computer Information Systems from University of Phoenix. Rick also holds a VCP5-DCV and VCAP5-DCD from VMware as well as several other industry recognized certifications. He lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area and enjoys participation in scuba diving, sport shooting and politics. Rick also donates a significant amount of time to charitable organizations in the Atlanta area.