Thomas Maurer works as a Cloud Architect at itnetX, a consulting and engineering company located in Switzerland, which has been awarded by Microsoft as “Microsoft Datacenter Partner of the Year” for the past five years. Thomas is focused on Microsoft Technologies, especially Microsoft Cloud Solutions based Microsoft Azure, Office 365, System Center, Microsoft Virtualization and Microsoft Datacenter Solutions. This includes Microsoft Hyper-V, Windows Server, Storage, Networking and Azure Pack as well as Automation.

Before Thomas joined itnetX he has worked as Head of Microsoft Engineering for service provider where he was responsible for planning and implementing public cloud solutions based on Microsoft Technology.

Beside the certifications as Microsoft Certified IT Professional MCITP: Enterprise Administrator and MCTIP: Virtualization Administrator he is also one of the first Microsoft Certified Solution Experts for Private Cloud solutions, Server Infrastructure and Microsoft Certificated Solution Developer Azure Solutions Architect (MCSE: Private Cloud, MCSE: Server Infrastructure, MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect).

Microsoft MVP Award 2016

In 2012 Thomas Maurer was awarded the first time by Microsoft with the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award for his expertise in Virtual Machine (Hyper-V). And in 2014 Thomas was awarded the first time by Cisco with the Cisco Champion Award and in 2015 he was one of the first Veeam Vanguards.

Thomas works closely with Microsoft and partners to promote Microsoft Technology as speaker for Microsoft and other Technical events such as Microsoft TechDays (

You can get more information about Thomas on his Cloud and Datacenter blog: or on Twitter:


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Professional experience

  • Cloud Architect (Full time employee)
    itnetX AG,
    Industry: Information Technology & Services
    Privately held company, 25-50 employees
  • Blogger
    Thomas Maurer Cloud & Virtualization Blog,
    Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Speaker
    Thomas Maurer Cloud & Virtualization Blog,
    Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Microsoft System Engineer (Full time employee)
    Getronics (Schweiz) AG,
    Industry: Information Technology & Services
    Publicly held corporation, >10.001 employees
  • Head of Microsoft Engineering (Full time employee)
    Genotec AG,
    Industry: Information Technology & Services
    Privately held company, 11-50 employees

Educational background

  • March 2013
    University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
    , KTSI
    Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Business Engineering Management, MAS
  • Aug 2008 – Aug 2012
    Kantonale Technikerinnen- und Techniker-Schule für Informatik
    , KTSI
    Information Technology & Services, Dipl.Techniker HF Informatik
  • Aug 2003 – Aug 2007
    Gewerblich-industrielle Berufsfachschule Muttenz,
    Information Technology & Services, Informatiker FA
  • Sep 2002 – Jun 2003 10th Schoolyear in Eastbourne, England

Speaking Events

  • Geekmania 2012 (Switzerland)
  • E2EVC 2012 Hamburg (Germany)
  • Microsoft TechDays 2012 (Switzerland)
  • Cisco Partner System Engineer Day (Switzerland)
  • E2EVC 2013 Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • System Center Universe Europe 2013 (Switzerland)
  • Geekmania 2013 (Switzerland)
  • E2EVC 2013 Rome (Italy)
  • Microsoft TechNet Conference Berlin (Germany)
  • Microsoft TechDays Basel 2013 (Switzerland)
  • Microsoft Switzerland TechNet Events 2013 (Switzerland)
  • E2EVC 2014 Brussels (Belgium)
  • System Center Universe Europe 2014 (Switzerland)
  • E2EVC 2014 Barcelona (Spain)
  • MMS 2014 Minneapolis (US)
  • and many more…


  • Certificate in English ESOL (2003)
  • Certificate in Business English ESOL (2003)
  • Informatiker FA (2007)
  • Symantec Sales Expert (2008)
  • MCTS: Configuring Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (2010)
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization (2010)
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization (2010)
  • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator 2008 R2(2010)
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration (2010)
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring (2010)
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring (2010)
  • MCTS: Windows 7, Configuring (2010)
  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator (2010)
  • MCTS: Center Data Protection Manager, Configuring (2012)
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (2012)
  • MCTS: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 (2012)
  • MCSE: Private Cloud (2012)
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 (2012)
  • MCSE: Server Infrastructure (2012)
  • MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect (2015)
  • MCSA: Cloud Platform (2016)
  • MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure (2016)

Software I use on my Windows Phone

Windows 10 Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Xbox Music, Xbox Live, Shazam, foursquare, for Windows Phone, Microsoft Tag Reader. Where’s my Car, World Clock, ESPN ScoreCenter, Fruit Ninja, WhatsApp, SBB, Photosynth, OneDrive, Skype, Lync, Translator, Tango, Zattoo, Instance, Xbox Smartglass, HERE Maps, HERE Drive, Yammer, Amazon Kindle, BLINK, Creative Studio, Flixster, Fresh Paint, Linkedin

Software I use on my PC

Windows 10, Office 2016, OneDrive, Windows Live Writer, PowerGUI, Visual Studio, Edge, Zune, PowerShell ISE, MetroTwit, Hyper-V, Paint.NET, OneNote, Skype, Lync

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