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Balaji Narayanan

Engineering Manager, Site Reliability

SRE Leader at Pinterest

San Francisco Bay Area

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Engineering Manager, Site Reliability

San Francisco Bay Area


Senior Principal Engineer, Infrastructure as a Service(Iaas)

May 2014 to July 2016

Sunnyvale, CA


Engineering Manager - Membership / YOS / Geo Platforms

2005 to October 2009


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Institute of Road and Transport Technology

Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.), Electronics and Communications Engineering

1994 to 1998

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Engineering Manager, Site Reliability @ Pinterest San Francisco Bay AreaSenior Principal Engineer, Infrastructure as a Service(Iaas) @ Yahoo - Architect for building and scaling the Yahoo’s internal Infrastructure as a Service(Iaas) offering powered by OpenStack.- Scaled the infrastructure to 100K+ cores and a significant baremetal footprint, running production workloads seamlessly.- Reduced significant CapEx overruns by building a capacity model to predict and augment capacity.- Achieved significant cost saving by increasing adoption from physical machines to VM, building necessary tooling for migration from legacy systems, developing and document migration case studies and on the ground support.- Monitor, measure and improve hypervisor utilization by developing scheduler filters and packing more VMs without impact to applications. - Developed tooling for handling hardware failures, system / application monitoring, configuration management and continuous delivery, making the team agile and saving resources. From May 2014 to July 2016 (2 years 3 months) Sunnyvale, CAEngineering Manager - Membership / YOS / Geo Platforms @ Yahoo - Manage the Service Engineering Team for Platform Group in Bangalore, responsible for 12 X 7 support for Membership, Social and Geo Platforms as part of the global team. - Built a high performing team of 15+ engineers that took ownership of several deliverables for key internal platforms. - Mentor, lead, train and guide the team in day to day operations of the various Yahoo! platforms that are crucial for the Yahoo! Business. - Played a leadership role in defining and driving the adoption of best practices - Monitoring Standards, Operational Excellence, Product Ownership and provide technical leadership in terms of Capacity Planning, Sizing, Analysis and troubleshooting. From 2005 to October 2009 (4 years) BangaloreSenior Systems Engineer @ Wipro Technologies - Installation, Configuration and Maintenance of HP-UX servers with custom images / application patches, hardware upgrades, kernel tuning, monitoring, High Availability, Cluster Configuration with HP's MC/SG software, NIS / NFS/ Automounter.- Deputed to Nokia Networks, Finland for a period of one month for installation and troubleshooting installation related issues of NMS software- Installation and setup of Radio Access Configurator(RAC) Lab for Nokia's offshore development center (ODC) with a Storage Area Network (SAN), HP Servers, GSM Elements (BSC, MSC, HLR), Nokia's NetAct Network Management System (NMS).- Installation, Configuration and Administration of Rational ClearCase in a MultiSite Environment and establish a Configuration Management / Build process.- System Administration, Routine Management, Scripting and Regular / Disaster Recovery System Backups. From March 2001 to June 2003 (2 years 4 months) BangalorePrincipal Engineer II, Big Data (Hadoop) @ Yahoo - Architect for the Yahoo Hadoop Grid team, responsible for capacity planning, management and optimum utilization of compute resources across clusters.- Responsible for evaluating hardware configurations, networking, deployment topologies, define strategy and roadmap for Hadoop Deployments. - Designed, planned and executed a Tech Refresh of retiring 8K nodes with 3K nodes, reducing the overall TCO and increasing to 4X capacity. - Worked closely with Hadoop application users to optimize resource and right size clusters, resulting in CapEx savings in the range of $15M-$30M and an additional $10M-$20M in opex. From April 2012 to April 2014 (2 years 1 month) SunnyvaleArchitect, Advertiser Products @ Yahoo - Service Engineering Architect for the Sponsored Search Migration from Yahoo! to Microsoft. Responsible for Architecture, Design, Capacity, Sizing, Availability and Performance of the Advertiser Migration Engine to transfer advertiser data from Yahoo! systems to Microsoft’s Ad Center. - Lead a virtual team of Architects in designing a tool called End to End Deployer to automate the various manual steps involved in re-building Yahoo! properties while migrating between data centers. From November 2009 to March 2012 (2 years 5 months) BangalorePrincipal Engineer @ Honeywell - Implementation of a corporate wide Intranet Portal running on IBM WebSphere Application Server with Yahoo - TIBCO Portal Builder for personalization with a user base of 150,000. - Implementation of the Honeywell Corporate Internet Site ( for the Unified Web Strategy (UWS) Framework. Coordination with various ASP's for System Integration, Setup / Configuration to use the Honeywell Authentication Engine.- Rollout of Enterprise Learning Management System (LMS) with integration of various content engines / providers for Honeywell employees.- System Design and Architecture for rollout of enterprise wide applications like PeopleSoft ERP, Cognos Data warehouse. - Operations focal for evaluating / setup / upgrade/ rollout / support / transition of various applications for Global Business Services and Aerospace SBG's of Honeywell.- Coordinate with various service providers like AT&T, IBM for maintenance, troubleshooting and availability of the systems. From June 2003 to October 2005 (2 years 5 months) BangaloreSysems Engineer @ Asea Brown Boveri - Responsible for designing and implementing a Load Rack Computer (LRC) for automation of loading petroleum products with tank trucks and rails for the LPG Import / Export Facility of Indian Oil Petronas Limited, Haldia, India. Responsibilities included System Design, Functional Design Specification, Customer Requirement Specification, System Test Plan and User / Maintenance Manuals, System Design, Review and Testing the software written in C/C++ and onsite implementation.- Development of Process Control software for various crude processing units of Indian Oil Corporation at Mathura Refinery, Mathura, India and Panipat Refinery, Panipat, India.- Onsite setup and hand over of the Terminal Automation System for Panipat Marketing Complex, Indian Oil Corporation, Panipat India.- Responsible for installation and commissioning of ABB's Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) at various ABB's customer sites. From July 1998 to February 2001 (2 years 8 months) Bangalore

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