Brendan Burns

CVP, Azure Control Plane, Open Source and Cloud Native Compute


Brendan is responsible for the management APIs for Azure and Azure management at scale including policy, access control and continuous deployment. He is responsible for cloud native compute on Azure including Linux on Azure, Kubernetes on Azure and Service Fabric. He also manages open source compute on Azure including Kubernetes and Linux, and SAP on Azure.

Prior to Microsoft Brendan worked on the Google Cloud Platform for 4 years where he was a co-founder of the Kubernetes open source project, as well as the Google Container Engine, Google Cloud DNS and Google Config Manager projects. Prior to working on Google Cloud, Brendan worked on Google’s web search infrastructure for four years. Before that Brendan was a professor of Computer Science at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Education – Brendan has a BA in Computer Science and Studio Art from Williams College. He also received a PhD in Computer Science with a specialty in Robotics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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