James Olds

James Olds

DevOps Engineer

Ad Hoc

Biography

My professional career began in 2009 when I enlisted in the US Navy as an Information Systems Technician, but I have been obsessed with computers ever since the day my parents brought home a our first computer, a Tandy. I have been lucky enough to be able to work on interesting projects with really smart people, picking up network engineering early on in my career. After separating from the Navy, I became very interested in automation and software development while working on my BS in Software Development and Security. Today I apply my knowledge of software engineering towards automating and abstracting infrastructure to help make medicare better for millions of Americans.

Interests

  • Serverless Architecture
  • Container Orchestration
  • Cloud Native Development

Education

  • BS - Software Development and Security, 2018

    University of Maryland Global Campus

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Devops Engineer

Ad Hoc

June 2018 – Present Remote

Responsibilities include:

  • CI/CD
  • Container Orchestration
  • Monitoring
 
 
 
 
 

Sr Network Administrator

Supreme Court of Oklahoma

June 2016 – June 2018 Oklahoma City
  • Designed and built out a CI/CD pipeline for network infrastructure using SaltStack’s salt-virt to orchestrate virtual machine deployment on KVM hosts running libvirt. Utilized Ubuntu MAAS for bare metal hypervisor provisioning.
  • Wrote a Web Application monitoring service in Python using the Serverless Framework on AWS Lambda.
  • Designed and led migration to an eBGP based core infrastructure design reducing vendor lock-in and unifying the campus routing design under a single protocol.
 
 
 
 
 

Lead Network Engineer

CSC

October 2014 – October 2015 Manama, Bahrain
  • Wrote Python and Perl scripts to automate configuration of a large-scale fleet of network devices.
  • Designed custom SolarWinds compliance reports standardizing network device configuration while ensuring 100% of devices conformed to strict DoD standards.
  • Scaled VMware vSphere deployment by configuring Cisco 1000v and Nexus switches for two new hypervisors increasing compute and storage capacity by 40%.
 
 
 
 
 

Information Systems Technician First Class

US Navy

August 2009 – October 2014 US
  • Engineered a secure remote access solution that delivered sub-second failover while reducing CapEx costs by 20% on each new site deployment.
  • Optimized TCP MSS configuration of in-line network encryption devices reducing fragmentation by 20%.
  • Led the migration to multi-area OSPF over DMVPN, securing remote site traffic while providing greater uptime for mission critical networks.

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