Aim: To use my technical expertise and excellent communication skills to help a team achieve success.
Project Management: Consultancy, Office 365 Migrations, P2V (Physical > Virtual Server Migrations), Brand Development (Inc Website, Corporate Branding, Marketing Campaigns) working to tight Deadlines with close Customer contact. Understanding of App Development processes (Agile) and different release methods (Canary,Blue / Green).
Communication Skills: Strong communication skills both written and verbal, both in team leadership and Customer facing account management to key stakeholders and budget owners.
Network Management: Physical Networking, TCP/IP, VLAN, DHCP (Windows, linux DHCPD), DNS (Windows, Linux BIND), Cisco, Juniper, Wireless (Cisco, Ubiquiti), SNMP, Log management (ELK, Graylog), VPN (Openvpn, L2TP/IPsec), DNS and Domain Management, SSL Certificates (Inc Lets Encrypt), Two Factor Authentication (Duo Mobile, Google Authenticator), Network Security.
Server Management: Physical Hardware Management (Purchasing, Hardware + Software RAID), Virtualisation (Vmware, Hyper-V, KVM), Windows Server (2002-2019), Linux (Ubuntu, Redhat, CentOS), backups (Inc Acronis, VMWare, Windows Server Backup), Kubernetes, Docker, docker-compose, Monitoring (Nagios), Databases (SQL, MySQL, Mongodb, redis, redis-cluster), Log Management (rsyslog, Windows Events). Cloud hosted solutions (AWS, Azure, Digital Ocean).
DevOps: CI/CD Experience (Gitlab / Teamcity / Jenkins), Ansible, Build Server management (Teamcity / Jenkins), Development Pipelines (DevOps), Docker (docker,docker-compose), Kubernetes (Helm, ISTIO, Velero Backups).
Cloud Environments: I have 4 years experience working with AWS (EC2, S3, Cloudfront, EKS, IAM, EFS, Storage Gateway, Load Balancers, Autoscaling Groups, RDS, Cloudtrail, Cloudwatch). I am also in the process of completing my AWS Solution Architect training and aim to acheive the certification in the following Months. I also have experience working with GCP, Azure (limited) and other smaller Cloud Providers (Scaleway, Digital Ocean etc)
Consultancy - Office 365 Migration: Worked with a local charity to advise on the upgrade from their legacy POP based email solution. From this, I completed 0-Downtime Migration of 30 Mailboxes to Office 365 and migration from an on premise storage solution to Onedrive.
Network and Server Management: Managed company servers, network, Cloud hosted servers (Including 24/7 Support). Replaced Legacy hardware with fully virtualised environment and resolved longstanding issues. Set up an Intranet system for Server and Network Management.
Set up Business and Tech Article Website: Set up my own Business creating Websites for clients, offering Consultancy and one-off projects. My website for articles based on my experience working with Linux servers and various applications consistently gets >500 Unique visitors per week.
Bespoke Website with Database: Wrote a web application based in Python for Music Management startup, including Python Web UI (With account permissions), database backend (to Cloud hosted Database).
Xara LTD (Jan 2017 - Present) Sysadmin / Devops: Running a team managing local network (Servers, Desktops, Physical Network), 24/7 support for Production system, Project planning (Server Upgrades, Virtualisation, Cloud Migrations) and supporting internal staff, cluster of web servers. Working to delivery schedule to complete development tasks efficiently to cut expenditure while ensuring quality of service.
In this role I have virtualised all in-house servers which were previously bare-metal and migrated a large number of these to Docker / Kubernetes setup (Both in-house and AWS cloud hosted in EKS / EC2 / S3.)
I have lead the building of our internal DevOps team focusing on migrating services to Kubernetes (Including backups, monitoring, deployment and scaling) and assisting Developers to focus on coding by implementing CI/CD processes.
iQuda (Jan 2011 - Jan 2017) Various Roles (Service Desk Management / Level 3 Technician): Rose quickly through the company, starting as a Level 1 Technician and moving through to Level 3 then onto Servicedesk Management and Project planning. This role included implementing and improving on processes and procedures, Customer account management and Reporting for Client contacts and internal management.
AWS Solution Architect: I am currently working on my AWS Solutions Architect training and aim to complete the certification in the following Months.
Additional Courses: Udemy Courses in ITIL, Python, Kubernetes.
Parmiter's School: A Levels in Sociology, History, IT and English
I am a self-motivated team player with experience in both heavily technical roles and client facing account management roles. I am a good communicator (both written and verbal) and have an ability to form close relationships with internal team and external shareholders.
I am flexible with working hours and travel and have held a full, clean UK driving license for >10 Years.
I am strong technically, with the ability to make strategic decisions under time and budget constraints and execute reliably.
In my spare time, I like to spend my time on bike rides, going to the gym and practicing photography.
My time on the computer I spend working on my Kubernetes Cluster, working through my backlog of Udemy courses and working on my Business (Writing articles and managing Social Media).