Automation is something I have picked up a lot on over the last 21 months and Ansible is my choice if only because it fits my mindset far more than Chef or Puppet does. Some use the word 'devops' to define automation though I think DevOps is far more about communication and collaboration than any type of
Automation is something I have picked up a lot on over the last 21 months and Ansible is my choice if only because it fits my mindset far more than Chef or Puppet does. Some use the word 'devops' to define automation though I think DevOps is far more about communication and collaboration than any type of automation.
A user of VMware for 9+ years. Even have an original VCP certification.
I have done tons and tons of server work, server architecture, network architecture, VMware, virtualization, network engineering, systems engineering, cluster engineering, load balancing design/architecture/implementation, and multigigabit network tuning. I have deployed OpenStack and CloudStack for customers (though I don't think CS is relevant anymore). I have managed/lead teams of people, large and small, doing these same kinds of items.
I am a huge fan of FreeBSD cause it makes your server run. My choice in server OS and I wish more 'cloud' providers would embrace it.
I have a long history with SUN Solaris (remember when 'your computer is the network?). I still miss SUNW, and Oracle stopped selling the awesome keyboards!
Juniper makes your network stable and resilient, Cisco makes your network smile (and no one gets fired for buying), and F5 keeps it all alive while doing maintenance during the business day. And Fortinet firewalls - easier, higher performance than Cisco but still trying to make a name for itself.
And incoming we have Docker which I think is going to really shake things up in 2015/2016.
I like managing servers more than networking. There, I said it. You cannot unread it!
Owner and Principal @ Consulting services with core competencies in VMware (certified), NetApp, F5, Juniper, Cisco, UNIX-like operating systems, and Microsoft Windows Server technologies.
From design and implementation to long term monitoring and management of your business technological foundation.
- Virtualization Technologies
- Network Server/System Administration
- Microsoft Server Products
- SMB and Enterprise Storage
- Network/Infrastructure Design From August 2013 to Present (2 years 3 months) Minneapolis, MNFounder, owner, principal shareholder @ Original founder of ipHouse. From June 2004 to Present (11 years 5 months) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul AreaPrincipal Systems Engineer @ My position was responsible for architecting, building and implementing technologies to provide a world-class SaaS platform. I collaborated closely with development and other technology personnel to develop, migrate, and manage services both in our private data centers and in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud environment. I was also an advocate and agent of change by actively researching and developing strategies, tools, and technologies that can be used within the company.
I served as a mentor, providing training and supplementary support to other technology staff as needed. This required a high degree of self-sufficiency and initiative, excellent communication skills, and an ability to work effectively across departments and with upper management.
And whatever else that come up that needed my expertise.
Continuation of the projects I had as a consultant.
Continued implementation of LogicMonitor throughout 2014. We really pushed LM datasources to the limit with scripts and SQL queries generating a lot of data for us to graph and alert on.
Work on special projects with many different operation and development teams.
Brought backups to the forefront as an important service provided for SPS for the continued operation and recovery in case of disaster. Decommissioned VMware backups in CommVault (wrong solution)
by implementing Veeam Backup & Recovery for production and development workloads (right solution), and also for the corporate 'office pattern' world wide.
ActiveMQ was one of the most memorable projects that I worked on during 2014 though in the end it was not chosen.
Implementation of ElasticSearch+Logstash+Kibana for centralized logging during 2014. With over 90 applications in SPS we had a lot of logging to digest!
Early 2015 we brought in Sumo Logic as our centralized logging destination. I built out many dashboards for different operations groups and a few scheduled searches for nightly reporting including a set of security reports. From July 2014 to August 2015 (1 year 2 months) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul AreaConsultant @ Helped with internal project completion in the server and networking areas with additional feedback for design, architecture, and implementation.
Came into SPS to help figure out why the operations team seemed to be doing more fire-fighting than operations.
Introduced LogicMonitor into SPS to handle monitoring activities of the network and servers replacing Nagios and the deprecation Sitescope.
Authored some of the initial Chef cookbooks/recipes.
Implemented Amazon Web Services (AWS) services:
- Implemented production and development AWS Virtual Private Cloud configurations
- Initial subnet and security group designations
- Implemented HA Fortigate firewalls in both (current) production and development environments
- Initial implementation of VPN connectivity between AWS VPC to new HA firewalls
- BGP configuration for new AS
- Helped networking team with new policies to support AWS
- Instrumental in the set up of the first direct-connect from AWS to SPS
Initial design work on ElasticSearch+Logstash+Kibana for centralized logging of over 90 applications.
Worked many hours with the networking team to solve issues, finish projects, and day to day management as they were understaffed. From September 2013 to June 2014 (10 months) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul AreaDirector of Network Engineering @ Direct and implement operations for Atomic Data.
Day to day management of the network and systems engineering on a Cisco, VMware, and NetApp based infrastructure.
Implemented LogicMonitor alongside the current OpsView monitoring solution.
Hands-on operational management of monitoring, email, virtualization, firewall, and switch/router gear From December 2012 to August 2013 (9 months) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul AreaOwner, Senior Engineer @ The goto person for all things technical, from network design (including servers) to procurement and setup.
Fast and furious at Unix administration, though conservative in my methods.
F5, NetApp, Tegile, Cisco and Juniper, even SAN work (via Cisco MDS) has been in my court for years, but FreeBSD is my server operating system of choice, and when I am doing a Linux distribution I default to Ubuntu LTS series. From October 2012 to November 2012 (2 months) Minneapolis, MNOwner, CTO, Operating/Management of day-to-day operations at ipHouse @ The goto person for all things technical, from network design (including servers) to procurement and setup, now with the added responsibility of running the day to day operations of the company as a whole.
Moving away from standard ISP services and into business services and hosting.
Started from the ground up building the infrastructure from scratch in July, 2004.
By September, 2004 we had purchased Bitstream Underground and Goldengate Internet Services.
In my role as CTO and manager of day to day operations
* Communicate the company’s technology strategy to partners, management, and employees.
* Direct and develop the operational security plans including PCI-DSS and SSAE16
* Protect the confidentiality of the company and customers’ data
* Manage vendor relationships
* Hire, train, and mentor employees
* Operate within a limited budget
Design and architecture of initial installation of
* ladder racking
Design, architecture, and configuration of
* Juniper Routers (BGP and OSPF included)
* Cisco Switches (BGP and OSPF included, layer 2/3 services, VLANing)
* F5 BIG-IP Load balancers (all services that could be load balanced)
* NetApp fileservers
* FreeBSD for clustered services
* MySQL Cluster as authentication database
Product development instigator for almost all of the products sold by ipHouse during my tenure
* VMware service provider offerings (via vmForge branding)
* Managed servers and services for customer hosting (physical, virtual)
* Web Hosting plans, scalability, etc
* Email Hosting – individual, business, and outbound delivery for customers
* Virtualization offerings (vmForge brand, dedicated physical hardware, clustering, design/implementation for colocation customers)
* Colocation services – racks and/or cages
If the service could be load balanced then we load balanced it. Web servers, email servers, authentication, everything. High-availability was key to our success and our uptime proved it. From July 2004 to October 2012 (8 years 4 months) Minneapolis, MNFounding steering committee member @ From 2010 to 2012 (2 years) CTO, Director of Network Engineering @ The goto person for all things technical, from network design (including servers) to procurement and setup.
Facilitated growth during the 1996-2004 timeframe from sub $200K annually to over $8.5M annually.
VISI was a smallish ISP in 1996 when I joined.
So many changes were done in the first 3 years
* Added a lot of modems
* Multi-homed the network
* Publicized network and service uptime via public website
* Added Network Appliance (NetApp) NFS appliances
* Added F5 BIG-IP HA appliances, used for web-hosting initially
* Built 1100sf datacenter in Minneapolis, MN, then moved everything overnight
* Upgraded multiple Internet T1/DS1 connections to multiple T3/DS3 connections
* Became the first ISP offering ISDN services to customers
* Groomed customer T1/DS1 connections onto channelized DS3s
* Purchased Wavefront Communications
* Upgraded Internet T3/DS3s to OC3s for Internet connectivity
* Became the first-3rd party ISP to offer DSL to customers
* Upgraded OC3 to OC12 for Internet connectivity
1999-2000 we started the next major upgrades to our services
* Clustered email services via F5, NetApp, and many Solaris systems
* Major expansion of web-cluster by quadrupling the number of servers
* Router upgrades as we moved away from Cisco 7500s
* New 11,000sf datacenter in St. Paul’s Lowertown district
* Added DSL services through Covad Networks
* Added DSL services to the south-metro via Frontier Telecom
In 2000 we had around 1000 modems, 40,000 mailboxes, almost 6000 DSL
customers, and 300+ T1 and higher dedicated lines for business customers.
Grew the business from ~$200K in 1996 to over $8.5M in revenue in 2000
(that’s less than 4 years).
In May, 2000 we sold the business to DSL.net out of New Haven, CT for
$25M in cash and stock. From July 1996 to May 2004 (7 years 11 months) Minneapolis, MNFounder, President @ Those were the days... From November 1993 to July 1996 (2 years 9 months) MinnesotaTruck Driver and Ammo Handler @ I served. Honorably discharged. Even checked out being a reservist but I never got my orders and so I never served as a reservist.
I enjoyed most of my time in the service. Hard work, hard lessons, great learning experience.
I learned leadership, fellowship, and regulations. I also learned that it isn't always required to be right 100% of the time. From November 1985 to November 1987 (2 years 1 month) Varied
Mike Horwath is skilled in: Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Unix, Amazon Web Services..., AWS, VMware, Server Architecture, Servers, Load Balancing, Data Center, Sumo Logic, Network Design, System Administration, Network Architecture, FreeBSD, Cisco Technologies, Solaris, Apache, Postfix, Network Engineering, High Availability, Firewalls, VMware ESX, NetApp, DNS, TCP/IP, VMware Infrastructure, Juniper, Ubuntu, Cisco IOS, Cisco, F5 BigIP, NFS, Routing, SSL, Systems Engineering, Storage, Bind, BGP, vSphere, BSD, Linux System..., WAN, SMTP, Courier IMAP, IPv6, LogicMonitor, Networking, SAN, Google Compute Engine...
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