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northern Los Angeles area

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Designing, building, operating and securing Internet-scale services since before there was a cloud, for clients in a wide range of industries (from finance to advertising to entertainment to health care to ISPs to language) for 20 years. I specialize in leading teams on the design of new application infrastructures and the planning and execution of datacenter and cloud migrations.

I’ve worked in orgs from 20 to 10,000 people, and built infrastructures that range from a few dozen servers in a closet, to many thousands of servers in colocation facilities (or AWS availability zones!) on multiple continents around the world serving tens of millions of end users. I’ve worked on teams of one (as an independent consultant) to several dozen, usually in a leadership role.

I know Internet systems, services and protocols backwards and forwards, and can leverage them to support any business objectives.

Will trade elegant solutions for interesting technical challenges.

Specialties: Amazon Web Services, system and application architecture, security, legal/regulatory compliance, scalable infrastructures, troubleshooting/detective work/software archaeology, Internet operations, technology leadership.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate - AWS-ASA–29910



SDL - Maidenhead, U.K. (July 2013 - )

Principal Hosting Engineer and Team Lead (February 2014 - )
Senior Hosting Engineer (July 2013 - February 2014)


LivingSocial - Washington, D.C. (April 2013 - July 2013 )

Senior Ops Engineer


OpenX, Inc. - Pasadena, CA (June 2012 - April 2013)

Site Reliability Engineer


Intuit Financial Services - Westlake Village, CA (November 2008 - May 2012)

Senior App Ops Engineer (Compliance Service Delivery) - Ventura, CA (March 2008 - October 2008)

Senior Sysadmin


Move, Inc. - Westlake Village, CA (April 2006 - March 2008)

UNIX System Administrator IV - Team Lead

During my tenure at Move, I played a lead role in one of the largest data center migrations of my career, as well as a number of other complex and high- visibility projects:


previous positions listed in my linkedin profile


Skills (from familiar to highly proficient, in no particular order)



Missouri Southern State University - 1996 - 1999

John Brown University - 1994 - 1996


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