DOB: 26th of May 1979
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
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.
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.
PowerEdge, Compa, Asus, SuperMicro and Fujitsu Siemens
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
Responsible for automation of infrastructure, using terraform, ansible, docker and kubernetes.
Input on app releasing and deployment design, monitoring ideology and work flow.
Creation of dedicated solutions for clients using infrastructure as code.
Security enhancement, standardisation work, performance tuning of existing and new Linux infrastructure and networks.
Guided staff on incident management.
Coull Ltd: April 2013 to April 2018
Responsible for the network and systems administration including physical data center migration to clouds and decommission.
Administration and contribution to a custom multi cloud(AWS, Google, Rackpace, DigitalOcean, Linode) management framework written in bash and ruby using puppet and mcollective mainly to create, provision and manage all infrastructure.
ELK stack implementation.
Maintenance of Jenkins and bash based build, release and deployment system.
Additions to existing bash scripted cron driven monitoring and alerting setup.
Alerta roll out and monit integration.
Software upgrade migrations including MySQL to cloud base service.
PoC for migration of custom framework to Terraform, Packer, Docker, GKE.
Security monitoring implementation(OpenVPN, OpenVAS, arachni, rkhunter).
Senior Linux Systems Administrator June 2010 to April 2013
Linux(RHEL/CentOS, Ubuntu) Systems Administration.
Integration With Windows Infrastructure.
R&D Network Administration
Release Management via CI/CD system I helped build and maintain.
Delivery Of Service.
Scripting And Automation.
Monitoring Including Setup.
Nable-IT @ HP Labs Bristol:
Network Support Engineer October 2008 to June 2010
Coull Ltd: June 2008 to August 2008
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
Surrey University - Computing Services: August 1999 to September 2000
IT Support Technician with consultancy
IncaGold Management Ltd: March 1999 to August 1999
Total Golf Egypt: August 1997 to September 1997
Computer & Electrical Technician and Advisor
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
GBDirect Real Time C Programming July 2004
Wray Castle GPRS A Technical Perspective June 2002
Diploma of H.E in Computer Science June 2001
Power IT Administrating WinNT 4 March 2001
Power IT Supporting WinNT 4 Core Technologies March 2001
BTEC GNVQ Advanced IT Merit June 1997
7 GCSE`s grade A-C including Maths, English, Science and Electronics.
PADI Rescue Diver
Educational Establishment From To
Kingston University 1997 2001
NESCOT 1995 1997
Hollyfield School 1990 1995
Grand Avenue Primary School 1984 1990
INTERESTS AND HOBBIES
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.