CATwalk Author Bio: Larry Mead

The AzureCAT blog has moved! Find this blog post over on our new blog at the Microsoft Tech Community:


And just like that, we're on our third CATwalk Author Bio! CATwalk is our new series of blogs where you get to meet the CATs who make our content possible. Let me introduce you to Larry Mead.

Larry Mead

Larry is an AzureCAT Program Manager with more than 30 years of experience in information technology with solution sales, enterprise application architecture, system design, and development of highly available, highly scalable mission critical systems for enterprise clients in a heterogeneous environment. His work experience includes solution selling for large enterprise clients, incubation of new business groups, international business, complex partner enablement and management, and solution architecture and design. Larry enjoys helping customers succeed with data and analytics solutions.

Larry has worked at Microsoft for almost 24 years. Prior to Microsoft, he worked as a Development Director at BancTec and a Development Manager at Continental Federal Savings Bank. Larry's technology experience areas include:

  • Azure (IaaS, PaaS)
  • AWS (IaaS)
  • Containers – Docker and Kubernetes
  • Relational databases (SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, DB2, Informix)
  • Big Data (Hadoop and NoSQL)
  • Data warehouse and business intelligence
  • Predictive analytics and machine learning
  • Microsoft Windows (Server, Client, Microsoft Azure)
  • Mainframes (IBM, Unisys)
  • UNIX (Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, SCO)
  • Linux (Red Hat, SUSE)
  • Virtualization (Hyper-V, VMware)
  • Integration technologies
  • Development languages (Java, C#, C/C++, Visual Basic, COBOL, Assembler)


Educational degrees vary widely among folks at Microsoft, and Larry is no exception, holding a BA in psychology from George Mason University.


Microsoft Azure Government cloud for mainframe applications

Larry has already published an article this year, Microsoft Azure Government cloud for mainframe applications. This quick guide shows how United States government agencies and their partners can use Azure Government for mainframe applications. Azure Government delivers the advantages of a mainframe in a more cost-efficient and agile environment. Read the article.

Just this week, we published four articles from Larry on the Azure Architecture Center's new Cloud Adoption Framework:

  1. Mainframe migration overview
  2. Mainframe myths and facts
  3. Make the switch from mainframes to Azure
  4. Mainframe application migration



In 2018, Larry contributed a number of articles on mainframe migration, including Deploy IBM Db2 pureScale on Azure and Demystifying mainframe to Azure migration. Both articles are featured in the Mainframe Migration to Azure - Portal. You can find all of Larry's content using his tag:


AzureCAT wants to thank Larry for his contributions to the Microsoft community thus far, and we look forward to much more!


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