Alister Burrell
DOB: 26th of May 1979
Bristol UK
Mobile: +44(0)7561848826
Email: Alister@phrostbyte.dhis.org
Nationality: British


I am a Infrastructure/DevOps Engineer who specialises in Linux and cloud technology. I’m multi skilled and just as comfortable working with large complex network topologies. I have worked for a few large orgs as DevOps has grown in popularity and helped them design, create and implement DevOps practices and tooling. My tools of choice are all pretty much OpenSource and feature the likes of Puppet, Jenkins, Mcollective, ELK, Graphite and Alerta. I have worked with most the cloud providers but favor Google out of the big three due to it’s improved interface and current design or Linode out of the smaller offerings mostly due to ease of use and cost savings.


Operating Systems:

CentOS, Redhat Linux, RHEL, Ubuntu, Debian, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine, Google Cloud SQL, Rackspace, DigitalOcean, Linode, WinNT Server/Workstation, WinXP Workstation, Win2kx, Win9x, Win3.xx, DOS, Cisco IOS.

Programming Languages:

Bash Script, Perl, Ruby, Python, SQL, AWK, SED, PHP, HTML, CSS, XML, Bat.


Terraform, Docker, Xen, KVM, Puppet, Packer, Jenkins, Varnish, Apache, Nginx, Lighttpd, Squid, Tomcat, Postfix, Sendmail, Qmail, CourierIMAP, Procmail, SquirrelMail, Fetchmail, Sybase, Oracle, PostgreSQL, mysql, Tripwire, Arachni, Aide, OpenVAS, Alerta, Tropo, Nagios, PagerDuty, WhatsUP, Graphite, Grafana, Cacti, Bacula, Bind, Samba, DHCP, OpenSSH, Vim, RRD, OpenLDAP, IPTables, GPG, Bugzilla, OpenVPN, IPSec, Majordomo, Mailman, MediaWiki, GIT, SVN, Kickstart.MS Exchange, MS DNS, MS DHCP, Microsoft Office, SQL Server, Microsoft Project, Norton Anti Virus Server and Client, McAfee/Dr Solomon TVD, IIS, Remedy.


Dell PowerEdge, Compa, Asus, SuperMicro and Fujitsu Siemens Servers,.
Cisco Catalyst Switches, Cisco Pix Firewalls, Cisco Local Directors, Alteons. Allied Telesyn routers/switches, Netgear switches/routers, Dlink switches/routers, Procurve switches/routers, F5 Loadbalancers. DLT and LTO1-3 Drives, Quantum tape robot, RAID controllers, SCSI cards. Raritan KVMs Comtrol RocketPorts and HP RKVM. APC Remote power strips, APC UPS.


CD/CI, Clouds, Virtualisation, TCP/IP, UDP, ICMP, SNMP, 10G/1G/10M/100M Ethernet, VoIP(SIP, H323), GPRS, WAP, SMS, GSM, VLANs, VPN, STP, BGP, OSPF, Frame Relay, ATM, and Bluetooth.

YellowDog Ltd: April 2018 to September 2018

Systems Engineer

Job Tasks:

Coull Ltd: April 2013 to April 2018

Infrastructure Manager

Job Tasks:

Nokia Entertainment

Senior Linux Systems Administrator June 2010 to April 2013

Job Tasks:

Nable-IT @ HP Labs Bristol:

Network Support Engineer October 2008 to June 2010

Coull Ltd: June 2008 to August 2008

Infrastructure Engineer

Multicom Products Ltd: Dec 2005 to June 2007

Systems / Network Administrator

U4EA Technologies Ltd: May 2003 to Dec 2005

Systems Administrator / Support Engineer

Research In Motion / BlackBerry UK: February 2002 to September 2002

Network Operations Administrator

Mutant Technology Ltd: June 2001 to September 2001

Systems Administrator

Surrey University - Computing Services: August 1999 to September 2000

IT Support Technician with consultancy

IncaGold Management Ltd: March 1999 to August 1999

IT Consultant

Total Golf Egypt: August 1997 to September 1997

Computer & Electrical Technician and Advisor




Educational Establishment From To


My Kids:

I’m the proud father to two children Shaila(8), Malachi(4) that I see alternate weekends and after school one day a week(wed) that keep me very happy and share with me some of my hobbies.


At home I admin a OpenBSD server which runs a number of commercial daemons and services which I support including Apache. I also admin a VPS for personal and community projects for organisations I help out with. I have been a regular contributor to the Open Source community since 1997.

I like to make things and have a go at fixing things that are broken. I have a craving for knowledge and an understanding of how things work.


I’m a keen cyclist both as my main method of transport and my recreation. I also love to snowboard when I find time to get away to the mountains. I enjoy Scuba Diving and have over 300 logged dives and I am a PADI Rescue Diver and uncertified Divemaster with a few specialties, I have assisted in the water with training or guiding.


I love to Travel and have traveled extensively in Europe, as well as visiting North America, South America, The Caribbean and The Middle East where my mother lives and I spend a lot of my time. I believe traveling broadens your mind and love to experience the different cultures and meet different people. In addition I enjoy Camping, and have camped extensively in the UK and a few European countries.


I like to listen to music and have a very varied taste I find music helps me to concentrate and gives me inspiration. I enjoy the many Bristol outdoor music event over the summer with my friends and children.


I have recently given into my love of glass art and started a small collection of pieces by UK & US artists and hope one day to have a torch setup of my own to play with. I also have a strong interest in modern text based art and murals.


Available on request.