designs, implements, and maintains
secure, reliable, scalable IT infrastructures,
focusing on Linux/*nix systems,
NAS & SAN storage systems, and
clustered and distributed filesystems.
Security should be a primary concern when designing and building your IT infrastructure. The network, the hosts, the back-end services, and the user-facing applications should all be implemented as securely as possible. We implement and maintain secure networks, secure systems, and secure services, as well as review and audit existing systems to find and address vulnerabilities.
Reliability is no longer a goal, it's a requirement. We build networks and systems which perform gracefully under pressure, and we implement metrics collection and alerting software to monitor them. When a problem arises, "reboot it" is not a solution, and neither are "band-aid" fixes. We investigate the root cause of problems to insure they never happen again.
There are few better problems to have than scaling issues (because that means you're growing), but it's even better not to have that problem. Scalability is a double-edged sword: spend too little time, and you may lose customers; spend too much time, and you're just wasting time & money. We can guide you to the best options for scaling your systems, whether it's multiple application servers with load balancers, redundant databases, benchmarking and tuning software, or any other scaling solutions.
"… consistently displayed conscientiousness, attention to detail, dedication to his craft, and the competence needed to provide the highest level of systems administration services."
Senior Software Engineer, The Active Network
"… is the most competent, thorough and consistent systems engineer I have ever dealt with. He always gets the job done quickly and completely. He has a vast knowledge of Linux, web application development, deployment, storage, backups, security...never a task or project he couldn't do and do well."
IT Manager, Kalkomey Enterprises
"… is the most skilled and knowledgable systems person that I have encountered in my career. His broad experience allows him to fully understand requirements and deliver services to the end customer."
Senior Geosciences System Analyst, Total Exploration & Production USA
"… proved himself to be a consistent, hard-working, knowledgeable professional. He helped solve some of our most complex business problems, and he did so time and time again."
Agile Project Manager and Data Systems Manager, Houston Energy
"… is one of those rare people that you always want on your team -- talented, skilled, and direct, he's one of the best technologists I've ever met."
VP of Technology, The Active Network