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Summary

I am a creative problem solver with a wide range of enterprise level experience in datacenter, virtualization and cloud systems technologies. VMware certified, 3 years of OpenStack , 4 years of vCloud/vSphere Automation & Administration, 10 years of Microsoft and Linux Administration.  

Work History

Global Knowledge Training

Aug 2006Present

Network and Systems Engineer

I work directly with project managers and certified subject matter experts to plan, develop, test, and deliver training environments that students can access remotely. I develop end-to-end solutions which include access, automation, monitoring, and alerting of failures. I am also the Senior Systems Administrator in charge of all of the software infrastructure.

Accomplishments:

  • Lead developer of all software lab hosting platforms, and their supporting infrastructure
  • Designed and Managed a large VMware vCloud deployment with over 1000 VMs turnover per week
  • Designed and Managed multiple OpenStack environments including:
    • RedHat OSP5/6
    • RDO Icehouse, Juno, and Liberty
    • Canonical / Ubuntu IceHouse and Juno
  • Integrated directly into the vCloud and OpenStack REST API
  • Automated deployments using Javascript, Python, PowerShell, and BASH
  • Deployed Canonical's Juju on bare metal using MaaS as well as  AWS in order to quickly deploy and scale cloud based applications
  • Maintain a Microsoft Active Directory and Remote Desktop application farm, caching DNS servers, RDP gateways, and HTML5 gateways
  • Manage load balancer configuration on Linux LVS & Citrix Netscaler 9/10 
  • Implemented Network Monitoring Systems such as OpenNMS and Zenoss using custom SNMP MIBs, graphs, and templates
  • Maintain a custom backup solution using the open source Bacula software for file level backups. Also implemented a VM level nightly and weekly backup schedule using vSphere's data protection appliance.
  • Received a Circle of Excellence Distinguished Contribution

Greensboro Science Center

1996Present

Weekend Planetarium Operator

I work part-time on the weekends at the Greensboro Science Centers Omnisphere Theater, where my responsibilities include:

  • Power-up and prepare the various computer systems that drive the Omnisphere
  • Make public announcements about shows and ticket availability
  • Admit patrons, run the show, let them out

Greensboro College

20042006

Lab Image / Support Technician

My responsibilities included everything required to run a small college campus. Technical support, network cabling, maintaining 5 classroom sized computer labs, printer repair, training, etc. I worked as one of 4 people on the IT staff, maintaining the health of all staff, faculty, and student workstations. Working with Scott Fulton, the System's Administrator, I gained an understanding of Linux servers in a large user base environment.

Accomplishments:

  • Developed strong interpersonal skills by working directly with professors and staff to deliver their IT needs
  • Learned about running production Debian Linux servers
  • Learned efficient ways to secure and image lab workstations using Group Policy and Symantec GhostCast

Skills

VMware

  • VMware vSphere 3.5 - 6.0
  • Horizon View 5.0 - 7.0
  • vRealize Automation v6.2 - 7.0
  • NSX 6.0 - 6.2
  • VCP5-DCV and VCP6-DCV certified
  • Used vCloud Director v5.1 - v5.5 to rapidly deploying lab environments

OpenStack

Familiar with all OpenStack services including Nova, Neutron, Cinder, Glance, Keystone, Swift, Ceilometer, Heat, Ironic, and others.  I have manually deployed Openstack and created the service linkages and I have also used automated deployment tools such as Puppet to accomplish the same.  I have used Heat to deploy stacks of instances. 

Networking

I've taken the CCNA course and I regularly use Cisco IOS commands to track down issues with hardware configurations.  I have set up and configured SDN solutions using different overlay technologies such as VXLAN and GRE tunnels for network segmentation.  I know how to subnet, read access lists, and diagnose simple and complex networking issues on the bottom 3 layers.

Storage

Admin experience with EMC XtremIO, SolidFire, Dell Compellent, and NetApp Storage Arrays.  Fiber Channel and iSCSI configurations.  I have also deployed Ceph clusters to provide block and file storage for our OpenStack environments.  I have also integrated directly with SolidFire using OpenStack Cinder.

Automation

Experience with using Puppet, Chef, and Ansible tools to deploy OpenStack.  PowerShell and PowerCLI experience for VMware.   Python and Heat to deploy within OpenStack.  I have dabbled with Javascript in order to integrate HTML5 console connectivity for vCloud and OpenStack.

Education

UNC Greensboro

19971998

Music Performance, General

Studied Trumpet under Dr. Edward Bach

Accomplishments:

  • Attended Eastern Music Festival for 2 years
  • Member of the Trumpet Ensemble
  • Member of the Greensboro Philharmonia