Thom Walters
Cloud Architect
Thom Walters
What is your role at VSO?

As a Cloud Architect at VSO, I function as a trusted advisor, collaborator and leader to help customers develop and maintain a well-informed and well architected Cloud solution.

What experience did you have before joining VSO?

Through my 25 years of experience in Information Technology, I have had the privilege of working through a diverse number of roles within the IT field. I began as a Unix administrator for a number of small companies in Tulsa, Oklahoma before being hired to help with capacity planning and performance management for travel, focusing on After leaving Sabre I was provided the opportunity to work as a storage administrator at a national communications company, which lead to my concentration in architecting storage solutions. In 2003 I was hired by Novus Consulting Group, allowing me to share my storage experience with a large number of Novus Customers until we were acquired by IBM. During my 10 years with IBM I helped develop the storage backend for the IBM cloud offering as well as work as a development lead developing automated solutions for IBM’s Global Technology Services.

What brought you to VSO?

Having worked with the executive team at Novus Consulting Group, I was more than enthusiastic to join the VSO team when they told me they were starting VSO. It was very exciting to work with some of my favorite people 11 years after the acquisition of Novus by IBM. I knew with the VSO leadership team, the future for VSO was bright, and there has not been a day I have regretted the decision.

What is something you love about VSO?

There are a number of things that I love about VSO, from the Veteran mission to having published First Principles that both help identify VSO as an honest and straight forward corporation, as well as provide guidance to both customers and employees the work ethic VSO has a foundation. Additionally, having started with VSO from nearly the beginning, I have enjoyed watching the company grow from year to year, and getting the opportunity to work at VSO with many of the people I have known for nearly 20 years.

What keeps you busy outside of VSO?

Outside of VSO I enjoy trying and learning new things from learning additional technologies to learning and developing wood woodworking skills – although I still have a lot to learn when it comes to woodworking, I have really enjoyed the experience. I also enjoy cooking, golf, and tennis.