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Network Consultant

Toronto, ON, Canada
March 09, 2020

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Network Consultant with over ** years of experience supporting large enterprise and service-provider network Infrastructures including Cisco, Juniper, Arista, F5 environments for major clients like Facebook, Walt Disney, Rogers, Telus, Walmart, Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, Royal Bank of Canada, Co-Operators Insurance Company, CP Rail Canada etc.

IT professional with over 10 years of experience who provides top-notch service, sets high standards, and exceeds expectations.

Highly motivated, dependable trouble-shooter and problem-solver.

Customer-focused performer who is committed to quality in every task - from personal interaction with coworkers and users to high level of service provided to company/customer.

Valued contributor who performs confidently and effectively under pressure and thrives on challenge.

Technical Skills:

Devices: Cisco 3650 / 3750/ 3845 / 4510/ 9400/9500, Catalyst 6500/6807-XL / 7609 / ASR 1K/9010/9922, PIX 501/515, ASA5540/5580, ASAv5 v9.5, Nexus 9k-C9372PX-E/93180YC-EX,7k,5596, Nexus 3064/2k/CSR1000V, CRS-8, Cisco UCS Manager 2.1, Juniper SRX 210/240/3400/5800 12.3, EX4550/8216, MX 960, MX2020, EX-XRE200, qfx10008, Ptx1k/5k, f5 BIG-IP LTM/GTM 8900/VPR-B4300/3900/PB200/2000 v11.5.4, AX3200-12 A10 Load Balancer, Avaya 4524GT-PWR, Nortel 470-48T, Alcatel 7750SR, Sonicwall TZ 200 firewall, Check Point SmartDashboard R77.20/ SmartView Tracker R75.46/SmartConsole R75.46, Arista DCS-7010/7508N/7060CX, Cisco Meraki MX64 firewall, MR33/MS220, Avocent AC S48/S6000, PA-5060, Silver Peak, FortiGate 501E v5.6.4 NAT (Flow-based) mode, Citrix Load Balancers

Protocols used: OSPF, BGP, EIGRP, RIP, HSRP, STP, RSTP, PVST +, VTP, TCP/IP, 802.11x, 802.3ad, LACP, VXLAN, TACACS, RADIUS, ACI, APIC 4.1

Technologies: IP/MPLS, IPSec / GRE, QoS, VoIP, Cisco ISE, VDC, VPC

Network software: HP OpenView, SolarWinds-Orion, Remedy, Netcool, Cisco Prime Infrastructure 2.1, Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager 6.3, Cisco Identity Services Engine 1.2, NIKSUN NetVCR 4.3, Alcatel 5620 NMS, Python, JunOS Space Security Director 16.1, F5 Enterprise Manager Virtual Edition Z100, BlueCat/Proteus Address Manager, NetMRI, JIRA v7.8.4, Netscout/nGenius 6.1.1, HP ArcSight SIEM, Confluence, GitHub, VMware Horizon, BMC TrueSight Network Automation, Splunk 6.5.2, Brinqa v5.6.0, PRTG Network Monitor


Walmart Labs (Contract)

Network Consultant Toronto, ON Mar 2019-Feb 2020

Migrated from existing MPLS design to Rogers LTE backup design for 400 Walmart Canada stores Canada-wide.

Used PRTG Network Monitor, BMC TrueSight Network Automation, VMware Horizon, NetScout, Fortinet FortiGate 60E, 501E v5.6.4 NAT (Flow-based) mode, Nexus C5596UP, N2K-C2232PP, upgraded from Cisco 6509 to Nexus9504 and Nexus7706 in the Walmart data centers.

Upgraded end of life network design to add Cisco 9300 switches stack and presented to team for the 400 Walmart Canada stores project and downgraded IOS

Royal Bank of Canada (Contract)

Network Consultant Toronto, ON Aug 2017- Mar 2019


Architected multiple projects as technical lead and conducted network design, implementation and deployment for LAN/Wireless/WAN/VoIP/Video devices by using Cisco 4506-E, 4510R+E, C9300/9400/9500, ISR 4221 console router and 6509-E to 6807-XL, migrating devices from layer 2 to layer 3 setups connecting to data centers and campus MAN locations, including providing configurations and MOPs (Method Of Procedure).

Palo Alto firewall configuration, Palo Alto Panorama platform and user-request based rule changes.

Silverpeak deployment as a WAN optimizer and SDWAN orchestrator using VMware vSphere/vCenter

Used Python script to generate configs from template.

Evaluated Avi VMware Networks virtualized software-based load balancer with SDN (Software Defined Networking) Integration versus F5 load balancers for RBC.

Created and presented Design documents and used NetMRI, WhatsUp and Netscout for reports.

Design new Layer 3 LAN/MAN campus locations to integrate with existing MAN.

Upgrade WAN links for campuses and branches including QoS, HSRP and decommission old devices and campus sites and adding vlans to existing sites.

Used Infoblox IPAM DNS Services Platform for managing DNS and DHCP.

Commissioned new servers in remote sites on various server farm switches such as Nexus 9k 93180YC-EX

The Walt Disney Company (Contract)

Network Consultant Seattle, Washington Mar 2017 –Aug 2017


Worked on design and support for the enterprise-scale complex network environment which includes F5 BIG-IP LTM/GTM 8900/VPR-B4300/3900/PB200 v11.5.4 chassis, Juniper, Cisco, Blue Coat proxy SG-9000, Avocent, Palo Alto Panorama platform etc. – quickly resolve high priority, impactful issues throughout the life cycle.

Owned and managed all incidents and requests from inception through resolution and utilizing Junos Space, SolarWinds Orion, Wireshark etc.

Troubleshoot and resolve network incident and implement network and Juniper and Palo Alto firewall changes including operational assignments and activities including cloud environment.

Perform release management activities including patching, firmware updates to existing infrastructure and Nexus 7k C7010, ASR1001, Nexus 5k and Nexus 2232 FEX documentation.

Facebook (Contract)

Network Consultant Menlo Park, California Sep 2016 – Mar 2017

Installed, configure and support large-scale production data center network design and infrastructure including routers, switches, console servers and optical transport equipment.

Troubleshoot network hardware such as Cisco ASR9K, Nexus 3064, Juniper PTX, MX960, Arista DCS-7010/7508N/7060CX and software, link/device/configuration issues, isolating the problem, fixing the problem and working with 3rd party hardware vendors and suppliers on root cause analysis and resolution in various Facebook Data Centers around the world.

Use internal software, tools, and scripts to configure, monitor, and repair network equipment

Teranet (Contract)

Network Consultant Toronto, ON May 2015 – July 2016

Designed/troubleshoot including migration/upgrade/move/add/present changes on Cisco infrastructure including devices, WAAS modules and Nexus 2248, 5k, Nexus 7009 in a data center environment including opening and managing Cisco TAC cases.

Network management: RSA enVision, ASDM 7.4, ASA 5525/5540/5550, Check Point, Palo Alto, Sonicwall TZ 200 firewall, Wireshark, NIKSUN NetVCR 4.3 for packet capture

Hardware: Cisco Nexus2k, 5k, 7009, Cisco WS-C6509-E, f5 BIG-IP 4000/2000, Citrix Load Balancers used in a data center environment.

Administrated, configured and troubleshoot services on f5 BIG-IP LTM after receiving tickets from various internal teams for internal and external customer-facing services.

Managed services on Cisco load balancer ACE 30K9 Application Control Engine Service Module used in a Cisco 6509 and migrated to f5 BIG-IP 4000/2000 in a Data Center environment.

Added/monitored devices to CA Spectrum OneClick Version 9.3 to gather statistics and reports

Used Check Point SmartDashboard R77.20, SmartView Tracker R75.46, SmartConsole R75.46 and ASA5550 to perform firewall change requests such as additions/modifications/removals of users/groups/rules

Implemented and supported Cisco ISE/802.1x for Port Authentication using RADIUS.

Added new users with Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration 8.6.2, Cisco Unity Connection Administration and Avotus ICM

Used BlueCat Proteus Enterprise IPAM Platform 4.0.6 to add DNS alias, added/modified records for servers and reserved IP addresses for devices.

Configured VPN Cisco 881W routers for end users use at home.

JD Irving (Contract)

Network Consultant Toronto, ON OCT 2014 – APR 2015

Designed, troubleshoot and resolved internetwork communication problems on mission critical IP based networks in a data center environment using SolarWinds and Cisco Prime.

Troubleshoot all areas of network infrastructure including SSL VPN (Media Access Gateway), security policy configuration, Cisco wireless access points/WLC, F5 load balancers and maintenance based on the organization requirements.

Secured network system by establishing and enforcing policies according to standards to meet IT and end-user demands in Juniper SRX firewall and Cisco environment.

Implemented routing and switching technologies and Security rules including logging/monitoring using HP ArcSight SIEM

Rogers Cable Inc. (Contract)

Network Consultant Toronto, ON OCT 2013- OCT 2014

Design, preparation and presentation of EMOPs (Executable Method of Procedures) for turn-up and integration of new devices and EOL (End of Life) devices/supervisor card upgrades in Rogers IP Core platform project involving the installation of Cisco 4506E switches and line cards to increase capacity.

Provisioned new Line rate latest equipment ASR 9010 to migrate DNC Servers connections from Oversubscribe/end of life equipment to enhance customer experience.

Configured new virtual interfaces, security zones, network address books and static routes on SRX-3400 and SRX 240h-dc Firewalls.

Migrated existing devices from Juniper EX8216 to MX2020, Cisco 7609 to MX960 for Rogers’ Video on Demand Infrastructure upgrade at 9 sites for 18 devices in a multicast environment.

Turn-up of new Juniper EX8208 switches and Juniper EX-XRE200 External Routing Engines in a virtual chassis setting and Unix/Linux operating system environment.

Worked on project to build additional Management Network Out-of-Band presence with existing Cisco 3845 and new Cisco 3945 devices using Async and HWIC modules.

Installed, upgraded and provisioned six Juniper EX4550 virtual chassis at three locations for VOD (Video on Demand) capacity augmentation.

Configured Cisco Nexus 7018 equipment to allow inter-network connectivity.

Deployment of AX3200-12 A10 and F5 Load Balancers.

Telus Communications Inc. (Government of Canada and Government of Ontario ministries RCMP, AAFC, CIC, HRDC, Canada Post, CFIA, Justice, OPS etc.)

Network Engineer Toronto, ON MAY 2007 – Jul 2013

Designed and supported project including LAN/WAN devices: Cisco 17xx, 3600, 3700, 3800, 4507R, 5500, 6509, 7200, 7609, ME3400, Juniper SRX 210H, 240, 550, MX series, M320, Alcatel-Lucent 7450ESS, 7300 / 7470 (MSP) and 7670 (RSP)

Provided expert level support for large complex Data and Voice services in multi-vendor (Cisco, Juniper, Alcatel, Nortel) ISP environment for fully managed enhanced WAN, LAN, WLAN, Voice, Wireless Access Points, L2VPN, L3VPN services for TELUS corporate accounts and IP/MPLS backbone including new site turn-ups.

Presented and executed complex network changes / MOPs, upgrades and migrations for provider-managed governmental of Canada and Ontario ministries, TD bank, Saint Elizabeth Hospital and large private sector customers from legacy to the MPLS network.

Performed configuration and activation for ATM and MPLS based customers from Network edge to access layer utilizing Cisco and Juniper routers and Alcatel nodes.

Participated in troubleshooting activities involving the protocols: OSPF, BGP, EIGRP, RIP, HSRP, VRRP, STP, RSTP, PVST +, VTP, TCP/IP, 802.11x, VLAN and DNS/DHCP, support for firewalls: Cisco PIX 501/515 and Cisco ASA 5500 and Cisco CUCM administration, Cisco Call Manager Express (CME) management and Cisco IOS upgrades.

Responsible for network performance monitoring and management using applications such as Spectrum, Solarwinds, NetHealth, Remote One, Alcatel-Lucent 5620/SAM and Unix/Linux

Education & Certificates:

CCIE Routing & Switching, Data Center (Written)

CCNP Cisco Certified Network Professional, CCNAV Cisco Certified Network Associate Voice

JNCIS-ENT Juniper Networks Certified Specialist Enterprise Routing and Switching

JNCIA-Cloud Juniper Networks Certified Associate, Cloud, JNCIA

NSE 2 Network Security Associate - Fortinet

Masters of Science, Electrical Engineering – Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma, USA

Government of Canada Security Screening Certificate: Level I (Confidential)

Cisco ACI 4.1 with VMware Lab v1

Administering BIG-IP, Configuring BIG-IP LTM: f5 Certificate of completion by Scalar Decisions

Palo Alto PAN-OS 9.0 Firewall Configuration and Management (EDU-110)

Implementing Cisco Cybersecurity Operations, Cisco Global Cybersecurity Scholarship CCNA

Azure fundamentals

AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials

Introduction to Network Virtualization with VMware NSX

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