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Engineer Systems

Location:
Redmond, Washington, United States
Posted:
August 28, 2017

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CHRISTOPHER A. BLANKS

OBJECTIVE

To continue to architect infrastructure, automate and building of core processes. Direct new and current technologies in development, corporate or laboratory settings. Adopt and manage resources to full leverage in providing services and support to internal and external customer base.

INFRASTRUCTURE

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Storage Area Networks:

NetApp, SolidFire (using NFS, CIFS)

Dell EquaLogics, EMC (using iSCSI)

HP C-Series/MSA-Series -- OpenView (using Fibre Channel)

Hitachi (HUS Series Chassis) w/SNM virtual interface

Virtual Machine Infrastructure:

Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Exposure (2 years)

OpenStack (Essex – Juno versions),

OpenStack Deployment (Mirantis:Fuel, Metacloud/Cisco, HP:Helion),

VMWare 3.x-5.x (including vCenter Enterprise),

MS Virtual Server/Hyper-V 2008/2012,

Citrix XenServer 5.x-6.x, XenApp 5.x-6.x

KVM (via Ubuntu 12.04 LTS) for OpenStack Image Deployment

Sun/Oracle Virtual Box

Monitoring & Alerting:

SolarWinds (with Network Performance Monitor, Virtualization Manager)

Zabbix (NetApp, Build Machines)

Nagios (exposure)

OPERATING SYSTEM

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Windows Operating Systems:

Windows Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, LDAP, NIS Authentication - 2003R2, 2008R2, 2012R2,

Windows Desktop Vista, 7, 8

Windows Clustering for SQL and DFS, IIS 7.x, Apache

Windows Backup Systems (Veritas, CommVault, Symantec Backup Exec)

Symantec Enterprise Antivirus (AD GPO)

Linux Operating Systems:

UNIX Solaris (SPARC),

Linux Distributions (Debian/Ubuntu, Fedora Core, CentOS/RHEL)

Macintosh Operating Systems:

MacOS 10.1-10.9 (including xServe and Apple Enterprise Server)

DEPLOYMENT

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Automation & Deployment

Puppet (with Foreman)

Ansible w/GIT (scripting for OpenStack deployment)

Stackato (PaaS) w/Docker Container & Fencing Application Support

Imaging Deployment

WDS (Windows Deployment System)

WSUS (Windows Patching System)

ACRONIS (Quick Build and Restoration)

LINUX KS/COBBLER (Kick Start Server/Scripts with Dell PowerEdge Servers)

Scripting Experience:

Bash/Perl (exposure),

Python (exposure),

PowerShell (Windows),

PowerCLI (VMWare),

Networking Experience:

Cisco 2960/3750G POE (Port, Port Channel, Trunking, VLANs)

F5 Basic Setup (IP Tables, Rules, Load Balancing)

DATABASE MGMT

TECHNICAL SKILLS

MS SQL/Analysis Services – 2000-2008R2

MS SharePoint/PowerPivot – 2008R2

MySQL (Oracle) – 3.5-5.5

PostgresSQL– 7.4-9.1

IBM DB2 – 8.1-9.7

Teradata – 6.2-13.10

Aster nCluster – 4.5-4.6

Vertica – 2.5-5.0

Cloudera/Apache Hadoop – 3.0-4.0

Oracle – 8.1-11.2R2

Oracle Essbase – 9.5-11.2 (Zola)

ParAccel – 1.0-3.0

Greenplum – 3.3-4.0

Firebird – 1.2-3.0

EXPERIENCE

NEXIUS INSIGHT, INC.

CLOUD STORAGE ENGINEER

(CONTRACT TO AT&T LABORATORY)

JANURARY 2017 – CURRENT

Upper Tier Support and Deployment of Storage Infrastructure and Applications for the AIC OpenStack and VMWare Labs. Provided consultation in Integration of Compute (Hypervisors) and Storage elements to various Aggregates in Design Solutions.

Investigate Bugs/Issues and Fire Drills in Laboratory Environments in several geographical locations (change management, upgrades, updates and networking failures in the underlying infrastructure).

Deployment (and redeployment) of HP MSA, Pur, EMC, SolidFire and Hitachi arrays (via scripts) for OpenStack Labs to comply with Engineering Requirements.

Conduct LRT (Lab Readiness Test) for sanity checks for the Storage Environments (dependencies and functional integration with GUI interfaces).

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE

CLOUD SUPPORT/SYSTEMS ENGINEER

OCTOBER 2015 – OCTOBER 2016

Level 3 Support for HPE Openstack Deployment applications (Cloud Systems, Helion OpenStack and Helion Deployment Platform (HDP)). Also Level 3 Support for Stackato (PaaS) application virtual layer.

Investigate Bugs/Issues with Customer Environments as it pertains to their Helion OpenStack Infrastructure (and any of their plug-ins for monitoring, orchestration, migration, etc.)

Team with L4 (Development) to ensure hot fixes, updates and version control with customers are seamless with story points and special enhancements are made to the core product.

TABLEAU SOFTWARE, INC

SENIOR SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR/INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEER

JULY 2008 – JULY 2015

Architect for all of Development Systems & Underlying Infrastructure for Centralized Storage and Virtual Machines. Acting Chief Engineer for Build Machines & Build Check-in Processes (using IncrediBuild and Perforce). Principal Database Administrator (3 years) for Development Test & Corporate Systems. Primary Linux Systems Administrator for Development & Corporate IT (support and deployment). Secondary Systems Administrator for Windows Stack Systems (DC, SharePoint)

Architect the Database Test Zone (a refreshable golden state fleet of virtual DBs for Unit Tests)

Systems Engineer for VMWare High Availability Clusters for both Development and Corporate IT

(which includes the underlying SAN/NAS NetApp storage as well as Hypervisor (vCenter) admin)

Responsible for the POC and utilization for the OpenStack VM system for all Development Groups

Managed Data Center deployments for the primary Co-Locations in Seattle and Kirkland Sites

Established Windows/Linux automation (via Puppet) for Development Applications & Configurations

Utilized Monitoring Infrastructure (via Zabbix) for Build, Laboratory and Mission Critical Servers

Trained the Database Team in the deployment and documentation of most of the current DB systems

Co-manager for Active Directory (forests, trusts, DNS, LDAP – integration with Linux systems)

INSTITUTE FOR SYSTEMS BIOLOGY

SENIOR HELPDESK MANAGER/SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR

MAY 2003 – JUNE 2008

Deployed, Built, Configured Windows, Linux and Macintosh Systems (automated) in Heterogeneous Environment. Purchased, Licensed & Inventory all IT equipment (including negotiating support contracts). Handled processes for Triage, Helpdesk and Tier-2 Systems Support as well as after hours emergency pages. Secondary Support for Windows Stack Services (Domain Controllers, Exchange 2000-2003, File Services, Print)

Managed Authentication protocol for NIS (now OpenLDAP) integration with Windows 2003 AD

Responsible for Tiered Support Process for both Helpdesk and Systems Integration Teams

Principle administrator for all Windows and Linux (Corporate Mission Critical Servers)

Deployed centralized management for Macintosh/Linux systems – SAN/NAS (NFS, iSCSI protocols)

Tier-4 Support for Bio/Med IT related Hardware and ACL/Network Access Control

Monitored all PO/Procurement processes for IT related assets

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, DEPT. OF PSYCHOLOGY

SENIOR COMPUTER SPECIALIST

SEPTEMBER 1998 – JUNE 2002

Instructional Media Lab, Director (managed most of the computing resources for this department). Departmental Webmaster & Creator of Current Website (http://depts.washingtonm.edu/psych). Department Contact person for Web, Animation & Software Training. Scripting for all automated computing processes in the department (wide range of hosted systems)

Director oversight for 3 principle Computer/Graphics Lab in the department

Designer and Administrator for the Apache Frontend Server (houses the website)

Managed a small group that educated Undergraduate/Graduate & Faculty for graphics incorporation into training curricula

Deployed Backup systems for Critical Systems (Exchange, File Shares, Scientific Online Libraries)

Member of the Dean’s (Arts & Sciences) Board of New IT Technology Systems (campus-wide)

Automated Imaging & Graphics process control for Department as well as Windows/Linux patching updates

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (1998)– AERONAUTICS & ASTRONAUTICS

Classes Include: Fluid Mechanics, Orbital Mechanics, Airframe Design, Heat Transfer, Propulsion, Aerodynamics, Vibration, Signal Processing, Wind Tunnel Lab/s, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (1998) – PHYSICS

Electromagnetism, Modern Optics, Electronics Lab/s, Quantum Mechanics, Relativistic Physics, String Theory, Torsion Lab/s,

LEADERSHIP

TRAINING

Instructed Tableau Software Employees in the use, care and configuration of Virtual Machines (VM) in VMWare, Citrix, Hyper-V and OpenStack Infrastructure.

MENTORING

Help with proper background training and overall proficiency in Help Desk personnel (Institute for Systems Biology). As well as certification tracks to more technical skill sets for other positions with IT.

PROJECTS/PLANNING

Planned a great number of infrastructure proposals (servers, systems, networking, capacity, high availability, power, cooling) for IT and Laboratory Systems.

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