A technology leader with 10 years of hands-on experience in VMware virtualization, storage design, Microsoft technologies and network infrastructure. I bring an innovative and pragmatic approach to analyzing complex business needs, enabling me to conceptualize, design and implement cutting edge solutions based on the latest virtualization, storage, and cloud technologies. My community-focused involvement allows me to effectively share my passion for virtualization and cloud technologies with peers, partners, customers through social media engagement, public speaking at industry events, and through my writing and sharing of resources on my personal site, VMtoday.com.
SAN/NAS Storage Training Dell SAN Management Training: 3-day hands-on training for EMC Clariion SAN NetApp SAN Implementation Workshop: 3-day hands-on training for NetApp FAS Management Training Skills for the Next Generation Manager course Amazon Web Services Certifications AWS Business Professional Accreditation AWS Technical Professional Accreditation Awards, Accolades, & Community Involvement.
Virtualization Practice Manager January 2012 to CurrentClearpath Solutions Group － Herndon, VA
VMware Vie Design Best Practices [v5.0] VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [v4.0] VMware Infrastructure 3: Install, Configure and Manage [v3.0] VMware VMworld 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013: Attendee: Participated in VMware focused peer-to-peer sessions, technical breakouts and hands on labs.
VMware Partner Exchange (2012, 2013, 2014): Attendee: Participated in VMware focused peer-to-peer sessions, technical breakouts, hands on labs, and meetings with strategic business partners.
EMC World (2013): Attendee: Participated in EMC focused peer-to-peer sessions, technical breakouts and hands on labs.
IT Manager January 2009 to January 2012Tiber Creek Consulting － Fairfax, VA
While IT Manager and Virtualization Practice Lead at Tiber Creek Consulting I architected, implemented and maintained a 150-server, 100% virtualized environment supporting Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Active Directory, and a mixed Microsoft and Adobe development environment.
Oversaw operation of, and provided consultative architecture, systems management, and troubleshooting support to, our Department of Defense clients environments in the Pentagon and National Guard Bureau running VMware-virtualized OLTP and OLAP SQL workloads, web portals, and data analysis environments.
Principal Virtualization Consultant January 2008 to January 2009IronBrick Associates － Vienna, VA
Planned, designed and implemented enterprise solutions involving VMware, NetApp, and Microsoft Technologies.
Experience with the design, architecture and implementation of Virtual Infrastructure environments using VMware VI, Virtual Center, Lab Manager, DRS and HA.
Designed and Implemented Microsoft Active Directory Environments.
Experienced in Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL and Microsoft Share Point implementations and migrations.
Hands on experience with iSCSI, NFS and Fibre Channel protocols on NetApp storage.
Global IT Manager January 2005 to January 2008Approva Corporation － Reston, VA
While IT Manager at Approva, I led an enterprise-wide virtualization effort, overseeing and personally completing vendor/hardware qualifications, architecture/design, installation, configuration, migration and documentation.
Reduced the company's server hardware footprint by 60% leading to savings in power and cooling.
Leveraged highly available VMware Virtual Infrastructure (VI3) environment to improve server availability, reduce workload for IT staff, and automate server deployment for various business units.
Environment supported both production and development environments containing hundreds of servers running SQL, IIS, Exchange, SharePoint, SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, and Approva's BizRights software.
Sr. Network Engineer January 2002 to January 2005NetCentrics Corporation － Vienna, VA
Provided day-to-day support, training, and technology implementation as well as long-term project management for small to medium sized corporate networks.
Conceptualized and implemented systems upgrades.
Worked with clients to analyze current network needs and identify areas in need of improvement.
Researched and deployed innovative usage of technology to improve client productivity and efficiency.
Managed team of help desk technicians and network engineers to meet needs of customers.
Drafted technical documentation on projects, specifications, solutions and problems.
Virtualization & Enterprise Storage Design and Implementation VMware vSphere architecture, implementation and support for commercial and government clients utilizing best practices for availability, reliability, and performance of compute, network, and storage resources to achieve dense virtualization ratios while maintaining SLAs and surpassing disaster recovery RTO/RPO's.
Specific experience includes: Architecture, design, install, configure VMware ESX, ESXi, within VI3, vSphere 4 and vSphere 5 environments with VirtualCenter management, LabManager, vCloud Director, Consolidated Backup, DRS, HA, DPM, vMotion, VMware Data Recovery, VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM), vCenter Operations Manager, Horizon Workspace, Horizon Mirage, ThinApp and VMware View desktop virtualization infrastructure (VDI).
Build, configure and deploy VMs and templates.
Completed Physical-to-Virtual (P2V), Virtual-to-Virtual (V2V) and Virtual-to-Physical (V2P) migration of Windows NT, 2000, 2003, 2008, and 2012 as well as Linux servers from VMware, Hyper-V, Xen and legacy hardware.
Architect, Design and implement EMC Clariion (CX, CX3, and CX4) SAN environments to ensure high availability and acceptable performance characteristics for VMware vSphere and SAN-backed applications.
Experience with architecture, implementation and administration of NetApp FAS/V-Series, IBM DS-series, and Dell MD-series storage arrays.
Hands on experience in iSCSI, NFS, and Fiber Channel protocols, Fiber Channel cabling, switching, and zoning.
Analyze and troubleshoot on an advanced level, performance of SAN-backed VMware ESX infrastructure to determine proper allocation of resources to a multi-department user population with widely varying needs.
Customize layer 2 and layer 3 networking between VMware, networking components and storage for high availability and maximum performance.
Develop, test, and maintain a disaster recovery plan for critical VMs and application data.
Experience with 3rd party solutions in VMware environments including Veeam, Zerto, EMC Replication Manager, Symantec, TrendMicro, Liquidware Labs, and Cisco.
Design and deploy Amazon Web Services, including EC2, S3, CloudFront, Glacier, Auto Scaling, CloudWatch, SES, RDS, Route 53, IAM, and ElastiCache.
Network Infrastructure Design and Maintenance Responsible for maintaining IT infrastructure including server hardware, VMware environment, data storage, switching and routing, backups, email, firewall, spam filtering, AV, VPN, mobile devices, VOIP systems, network monitoring, and all Microsoft technologies.
Identified need for and managed data center expansion including procurement, implementation and rollout of new physical plant utilizing APC In-Row Cooling; APC Power Distribution (PDU); APC Symmetra UPS; APC InfraStruXure Central; NetBotz environmental monitoring modules.
Server performance analysis and performance tuning, including SQL server workloads running both transactional and analytical data warehouses in an enterprise environment.
Lead design, deployment, and maintenance of a broad range of Microsoft technologies including: Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008, 2008 R2; Exchange Server 2003 & 2007; SharePoint Server 2003, 2007, 2010; Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004, 2006; SQL Server 2000, 2005, 2008; Windows Server Update Services (WSUS); DNS; WINS; DHCP; Active Directory; Group Policy Design and Implementation; IIS; and Terminal Services Gateway, Remote Desktop Services.
Responsible for design, implementation and maintenance of Dell & HP servers and storage hardware, IBM BladeCenter servers, Cisco routing and Catalyst switching, Cisco PIX & ASA firewalls, Cisco VPN, Symantec Backup Exec, Symantec AntiVirus, Spam and AV filtering, Blackberry Enterprise Server, GFI FaxMaker, SalesForce.com.
Dell Open Manage, HP Insight Manager, What's Up Gold Network Monitor, ADSIedit, Replmon, Repadmin, DCDiag, NetDiag; Active Directory Sites and Services, Active Directory Users and Computers, Ethereal, WireShark, PRTG, MRTG, Nagios, Cacti, LANSweeper; SolarWinds IPMonitor; OpManager, Cisco IOS, Cisco PDM/ASDM, Remote Desktop Connection, VNC, ping, tracert, telnet.
Hands on experience with DSL, T1, PRI, POTS, Metro Ethernet, Cisco Unified Communications/Call Manager Business Edition, Avaya IP Office, Fax, & VoIP.
Manage PC and laptop support, implement service desk best practices.
Optimize Windows desktop deployment by leveraging the latest deployment automation technologies from Microsoft.
Restructured geographically diverse IT groups into a global team to increase efficiency and improve customer satisfaction.
Rebuilt team from ground-up, hiring and equipping personnel for the challenges of a rapidly growing infrastructure and increased demands from multiple business units.
Completed interviews, personnel reviews, and salary reviews.
Standardized network management and monitoring tools across the organization to provide real-time alerting leading to greater uptime and increased security.
Drafted and implemented policies and procedures regarding network equipment, maintenance, and monitoring.
Reduced corporate communications costs by 40% through effective vendor management, contract negotiations and convergence of technical solutions.
Developed and managed a $1million budget for global IT department.
Personally led the conversion of an unstructured helpdesk to a global service desk through implementation of a ticketing system and industry best practice resulting in increased service levels, reduced resolution time, and tracking of key metrics.
Analyzed metrics to increase service offerings and automate recurring tasks.
Increased security, stability, and recoverability of the corporate network through implementation and ownership of all IT policies including security, backup, disaster recovery planning and compliance.
Served as an advisor to executive staff on information security practices and procedures.
Estimated project costs, prepared project plans and status reports.
Led the development of requisitions, bids, and specifications, and the negotiation, administration, and evaluation of contracts for equipment and services.
Education and Training
B.A : Political Science & International RelationsMessiah College － Grantham, PAPolitical Science & International Relations
VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 - Datacenter Design (VCAP5-DCD) VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 - Desktop Design (VCAP5-DTD) VMware Certified Professional - Desktop (VCP5-DT) VMware Technical Sales Professional (VTSP) VMware Sales Professional (VSP)
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US Department of Defense Secret Security Clearance
VMware Certifications & Training
VMware Certified Professional on Virtual Infrastructure 3 (VCP3), vSphere 4 (VCP4), & vSphere 5 (VCP5)