Devops Engineer @ My current focus at Disney is migrating ABC Family to Amazon ECS. I design and deploy cloudformation based deployments that employ a variety of AWS services including ECS, EC2, R53, ELBs and, very soon, Lambda. I also perform load testing of the new environments with jmeter and blazemeter. One of the most interesting challenges
Devops Engineer @ My current focus at Disney is migrating ABC Family to Amazon ECS. I design and deploy cloudformation based deployments that employ a variety of AWS services including ECS, EC2, R53, ELBs and, very soon, Lambda. I also perform load testing of the new environments with jmeter and blazemeter. One of the most interesting challenges from this responsibility has been solving the auto-scaling issue of ECS based containers!
I also work with the rest of the team to manage the environments of other Disney business units. I work frequently with tools such as Chef, rundeck, Jenkins and Maven for deployments. I frequently work with typical sysadmin tools to diagnose and resolve deployment problems. Oh, how I love thee, ngrep....
I am not interested in other offers at this time. From September 2015 to Present (3 months) Greater Seattle AreaDevops Architect @ My role at Cascadeo, metaphorically speaking, is to be air-dropped behind client lines. My responsibility, once there, is quickly identify and assess the customer's state, diagnose weak client's state, diagnose their deployment for architectural, performance and security weakness, propose remedial actions, implement those actions and support the client.
I am constantly exposed to new technology and I love it! Most people, if they are lucky, get to work with one configuration management system, but my job depends upon me being proficient in writing recipies, tasks and states with chef, ansible and salt on a daily basis. I work with Rackspace in the morning and AWS and google compute every evening. Some of my clients depend on me to understand haproxy, while others rely upon F5.
Most of my latest work has involved migrating clients from the private cloud to AWS. Its fun to dig into an existing deployment, design a migration plan and migrate that deployment into the public cloud. Its exciting! I get to introduce clients to the bulk of AWS service such as EC2, RDS, cloudformation, load balancing (both ELBs and Route53). A good part of this work also involves codifying the infrastructure of clients. I work most frequently with Chef and Ansible, but also work with Salt stack on occasion. From July 2014 to September 2015 (1 year 3 months) Cloud Engineer @ I served in two capacities for Redapt: DevOps entineer and lead developer for Redapt's Merge Center Automation Program.
I was responsible, as a Cloud/Devops engineer, for performing cloud stack deployments and automating system configuration for the company's clients. Frequently performed tasks included migrating customers from manually configured systems to chef managed systems, initial cloudstack deployments and hardware configuration (servers, switches, jbods, idrac configuration, etc).
I also took over as lead developer of Redapt's proprietary Merge Center Automation Project, or MCAP for short and rewrote it from a manually installed, single server, to a configuration managed multi-site software as a service. MCAP is used by the company to automate the configuration of the BIOS and firmware for systems, entire racks at a time, via chef, before any operating system is installed. This is tricker than it sounds on the service as one has to deal with escrowing chef client.pems, dns, dhcp, pxelinux, logging over multiple reboots as various hardware components are flashed. From December 2013 to July 2014 (8 months) IT Engineer @ I designed, built and implemented the full infrastructure for RTUI. This deployment, redundant and fault tolerant, included just about everything but the kitchen sink. Technologies that were set up an integrated together included: Asterisk, Xen, DRBD, Apache, LTSP, Samba, Postfix, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Bind, LDAP.
I also designed and wrote a customized hotdesking solution for the company that allowed management to track calls, employee performance, sales ant appointments. This capability gave management the ability to accurately compare employees and differentiate the productive employees from the less motivated. This software worked so well that the company was able to nearly triple its sales department within a two year period during the great recession From August 2006 to February 2014 (7 years 7 months) Devops & System Administrator @ I continued to support and manage RoleStar after Callisto ceased operation. I managed the AWS & Rightscale infrastructure that I had developed for Rolestar. Additionally, I migrated RoleStar from Rightscale's proprietary configuration management system to Chef. I also made full stack deployable on vagrant, which greatly eased development by allowing developers to deploy and develop RoleStar on their local workstations.
Services&tools used included: Chef, Vagrant, Rightscale, AWS (ec2, cloudfront, s3, etc), New Relic, HAProxy, RabbitMQ, distributed memcache, MySQL in master/slave, ruby, bash and some perl. From 2012 to 2014 (2 years) Lead Developer & System Administrator @ I designed and build Bizscanner for NWRA. Bizscanner is a restful multithreaded screen scraper from 51 different government websites. The information, cached within MongoDB, tracks and reports changes on over 20,000 customers on a daily basis. I often provided a backstop to other onsite engineers, providing solutions to otherwise intractable problems. From 2012 to 2013 (1 year) System Administrator @ I deployed and managed a RightScale managed AWS infastructure for RoleStar.com Additionally, I migrated RoleStar from Rightscale's proprietary configuration management system to Chef. I also made full stack deployable on vagrant, which greatly eased development by allowing developers to deploy and develop RoleStar on their local workstations.
Services and tools used: Chef, Vagrant, Rightscale, AWS (ec2, cloudfront, s3, etc), New Relic, HAProxy, RabbitMQ, distributed memcache, MySQL in master/slave, ruby, bash and some perl. From 2011 to 2012 (1 year) Programmer @ I worked for Canonical as a Bazaar Developer. Bazaar was a fork of the earlier mentioned Tom Lord's Arch. Skills used at this time included: The GNU build system, development in C and test proven development. From 2005 to 2006 (1 year) Software Developer @ I worked on Gnuarch, aka TLA as one of its primary developers. TLA, the first decentralized revision control system, broke new ground in breaking coders free from free from central points of authority. TLA led the way for projects such as Git. From 2003 to 2005 (2 years) Fire Controlman @ My role in the Navy varied, as it does with most people in the armed services. I did, however, manage the USS Cape Code's PC repair shop and managed a Netware 3.1 server along with a couple hundred clients. From 1990 to 1996 (6 years)
James Blackwell is skilled in: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Chef, Scalability, Ubuntu, Ansible, Ruby, Cloud Computing, Software Development, Git, Salt, MongoDB, Bash, Xen, Linux System Administration, MySQL Cluster
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