Career Profile

Seasoned IT professional with over 15 years of experience in relational database development and management. A deep understanding of infrastructure design, build automation, configuration management, and continuous integration, delivery and deployment practices. Passionate about driving continuous improvement through measurement and meaningful instrumentation. Holding DevOps principles of culture, automation, measurement and sharing as core values.

You can read about a few of my career highlights below.

Experiences

Practice Manager Architecture & Engineering

2020 - Present
Onica (California)


Lead Solutions Architect

2018 - 2020
Onica (California)

Migrated a required-to-fly application suite for a major US-based airline to AWS

  • Helped establish containerization workflows
  • Rearchitected the suite’s main data-source (Gemfire) to operate in the cloud efficiently and reliably
  • Lead the design, implementation, testing, and certification of their disaster recovery solution exceedint both RTO & RPO targets and expectations

Mentor and complement a team of Cloud Engineers delivering innovative solutions

  • Delivered AWS workshops and developed practical lab materials
  • Automated the build of suitable VM (EC2) and container base images for reusability purposes

Cloud Engineer

2018
Onica (California)

Helping companies innovate through Cloud Transformation

  • Early EKS adopter

Sr. DevOps Engineer

2017 - 2018
ExamSoft (Texas)

Develop, maintain and monitor a microservices CI/CD pipeline.

  • Leveraged AWS Cloudformation to codify infrastructure
  • Built automation, testing and deployment via Jenkins pipeline
  • Ansible as glue-code between layers and as a Packer provisioner
  • Docker as the preferred packaging format
  • System-level metrics and visualization through Cloudwatch and Grafana
  • NewRelic and SysDig to provide APM and trace-level visibility
  • LogEntries for log aggregation

DevOps Engineer

2015 - 2017
ExamSoft (Texas)

Develop infra-as-code under AWS

  • Developed Cloudformation templates to spin entire environments up and down in minutes
  • Experimented with Terraform as a cross-platform infra-code alternative
  • Developed reusable patterns using Ansible / Jinja and Cloudformation

Planned and executed migrations from on-prem to cloud

  • Pro/Con analysis of porting products from on-prem to the cloud
  • Turned a large portion of “pet” infrastructure into “cattle”
  • Wrote Ansible-based Packer provisioners for Linux hosts and SysPrep for Windows
  • Implemented last-mile configuration through native bash and Powershell scripting

Sr. Database Administrator

2011 - 2015
ExamSoft (Texas)

Extensive experience managing and developing for relational databases

  • Managed 1300+ databases across multiple MSSQL failover clusters
  • Introduced the team to a suitable version control and release framework
  • Mentored other developers in data modeling best practices
  • Established the core pilars to start data mining with business intelligence in mind
  • Operationalized three major client platform migrations, working closely with stakeholders from all business units

Consultant: DBA & Sys Architect

2008 - 2011
Verizon (Texas)


IT and Project Management

2001 - 2008
Oblio Telecom (Texas)

Architected the company’s MVNO program via integration with Sprint and Telcordia

Rolled out our own ERP and fully integrated it with vendors and clients

Developed, hosted and maintained a direct to consumer online retail operation

  • Rack, stack & power
  • OS patching, threat detection and upgrades
  • Early VMWare ESX adopter
  • Maintained perimeter and internal security through AD policy, network firewall and deep-packet inspection engines

Planned and supported a 247, on premises, fully staffed support call center from an IT standpoint

  • Maintained and operated a cluster of Asterisk vPBX
  • Developed custom reporting for call center operations
  • Lead the integration with the in-house CRM —

Projects

These are just a few of the projects that I’ve maintained over time, either out of sheer necessity or as experimentation sandboxes.

Fedora workstation provisioner - Tired of rebuilding and installing Fedora workstations, I decided to put myself out of business using Ansible.
Grafana Stack - An easy way to get started with Grafana using Docker
S3 bucket role - An Ansible role to help provision and manage S3 buckets through Cloudformation –especially handy to manage S3-backed websites.

Skills & Proficiency

Automation :: Bash

Automation :: Java/Groovy

Automation :: Jenkins

Automation :: Powershell

Automation :: Python

Config Management :: Ansible

Config Management :: Cloudformation

Config Management :: Terraform

Config Management :: Terraform

Containers :: Docker

Containers :: Kubernetes/AWS EKS

Containers :: Swarm/AWS ECS

DB :: Elasticsearch

DB :: PostgreSQL

DB :: SQL Server

Platform :: Linux

Platform :: Windows Server