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Keith
mr.keith.hopkins@gmail.com
706-847-3424
Marietta, GA 30007
Azure Infrastructure and Cloud Architect
28 years experience W2
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Summary

  • Senior IT professional with 25 years of industry experience is focused on designing, implementing and servicing complex systems.
  • Specialized in IT Infrastructure, Azure & Hybrid Cloud, Networking, Unix/Linux/Windows.
  • Having an essential background in network/systems engineering and administration Keith has been focusing on Azure cloud and networks architecture for the last 6 years.
  • Developed hybrid cloud deployments, automation and staying hands-on in current technologies.

Skills:

Platform Skills: Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Amazon Web Services, Dell Servers, Oracle Database Appliance X5-2L, IBM pSeries (AIX 5/6/7), IBM BladeCenter Chassis and Blades, Sun Solaris 10/11/Zones, HP9000 Servers, HP-UX with ServiceGuard, Network switches & routers (Cisco), Load Balancers (F5), Fibre Channel Switches, NetApp with DATA OnTap

Languages, Frameworks & Tools Skills: Terraform for Azure, Oracle Cloud and other providers, Python, Perl, Ansible Engine, git, Foreman/Puppet, RH Sat 5/Spacewalk, VMware ESXi/vCenter 4/4.1/5.1, Java 8 SE, WebLogic 8 & 11g, Oracle Coherence, HP System Automation (Opsware), Wily/Introscope/CEM, SysEdge/eHealth, PingFederate SAML, Tomcat, Red Hat Satellite Server, Perl, shell scripting, x86 Assembly, FORTRAN, C, Symbolic Debuggers, Eclipse, Java, Oracle/PL-SQL, MySQL/SQL, HP TurboImage native API, Postfix

Application Skills: EOS ITPM, Planview CTM, Visio, ServiceNow, OpenView TeMIP, PowerShell, OpenCall Telecom Platforms (SS7, OCMC, INS/SC), ERP, Clarify WFM, Remedy

Experience
IT Architect (EA)
Transportation
Sep 2014 - Feb 2020

Systems architect, infrastructure architect, cloud architect and designer for on-prem and hybrid-cloud (MS Azure cloud and Oracle cloud) based solutions, using Infrastructure as Code (IaC) with Terraform & Puppet. EA working with business units to define IT standards and technology roadmaps for a unified IT for the global enterprise.

Cloud initiative, over approximately three years, to design a cloud architecture to facilitate the movement of workloads from on-prem to the cloud in a secure fashion, which involved:

  • Established a corporate cloud strategy with senior directors
  • Designed Enterprise framework based on best practices for initial deployments into Azure, set up and maintained Azure networking
  • Wrote Terraform for initial deployment of framework
  • Wrote Terraform for initial deployments of application environments, and first application.
  • Worked with Dev team to deploy their applications.
  • Worked with OS Ops team to standardize optimizations of Marketplace images.
  • Hired our first two cloud engineers, trained them up on our environment.
  • Partnered with Gold MS partner and security on validating the framework design and flushing out requirements for enterprise deployments. Defined cloud standards based on these outcomes.
  • ~ first of 2019, Company hired a Cloud manager for day-to-day Ops & migrations, and I stepped back from Azure (but continued to support our Oracle Cloud env)
  • Worked with GPC’s 'Digital' team on cloud native designs and deployments, guiding them on how to choose Azure technologies that could supported by the cloud operations team
  • Ad-hoc expert level support for production issue.
  • Familiar with Azure Peering, Azure Regions.

Other duties and responsibilities:

  • Partner with product owners in building systems that meet the needs of the business and our clients.
  • Mentoring junior engineers.
  • Advising infrastructure teams on use of automation tooling, with a focus on Infrastructure-as- Code.
  • Document design specifications, installation instructions, DR, and other system-related information.
  • Drive technical/architectural vision by being conversant in current industry architectural standards and best practices.
  • Investigate technology/industry trends in order to develop appropriate technical strategies.
  • Collaborate with engineers or software developers to select appropriate design solutions or ensure the compatibility of system components.
  • Advocates effective architectural designs and optimizes current architecture and processes.
  • Verify stability, interoperability, portability, security, or scalability of system architecture.
  • Provide guidelines for implementing secure systems to customers or installation teams.
  • Serve as the infrastructure technical lead through the life cycle of various projects.
System Architecture Cloud Architecture MS Azure Oracle Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Linux MS Visio Puppet Hybrid Cloud UNIX Network Architecture & Design Cloud Engineer
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Senior Engineer
Banking/Financial
Jan 2012 - Sep 2014
Norcross, GA
  • Platform engineer responsible for end-to-end delivery of Linux platform solutions.
  • Work with developers, product specialist, business units and infrastructure services teams, to provide technical direction to deliver infrastructure solutions that are technically sound, resilient to failure, operationally supportable, and meets the requirements of the business.
  • Subject matter expert for WebLogic.
  • Infrastructure as Code wrangler with Perl, Python & HP-SA. Provide design guidelines and best practices.
BEA WebLogic Linux Perl Python System Administration UNIX
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Unix Administrator
Transportation
Nov 2010 - Dec 2011
Atlanta, GA
  • Primary Administrator of Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers.
  • Secondary Administrator of various IBM AIX LPARS and hardware.
  • Secondary Administrator of NetApp SAN.
  • Maintained supply chain management software running on Tomcat.
System Administration UNIX AIX Apache Tomcat Linux NetApp OpenShift
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Technical Consultant
Information Technology
Jan 2009 - Nov 2010

Technical and business consulting services. Provider of Linux, Infrastructure & Open Source software integration services.

Linux System Administration Network Architecture & Design
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Senior Consultant / Manager
Information Technology
Sep 2006 - Dec 2008
  • Provide technical consultation for process development of OS Involvement in new product planning, product roadmap and features list.
  • Software release management for Asianux service packs.
  • Acting Manager and later Manager for Software Maintenance, Support and Documentation group.
Release Management Linux Documentation System Administration
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Account Services Engineer
Information Technology
Apr 2004 - May 2006
  • Liaison for Tier 1 Telecoms customers in Australia. Team leader.
  • TeMIP / Tru64 / TruCluster (Unix) support engineering;
  • Support costs analysis;
  • Case management and case escalation support;
  • User acceptance tests for new modules and platform updates or changes;
  • Updating documentation for site specific installation and functional conformance;
  • Operational acceptance testing for reliability, disaster recovery and future maintainability;
  • Infrastructure management.
Linux Disaster Recovery Infrastructure Management Analysis Documentation System Administration UNIX
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Telecoms Support Engineer
Information Technology
Nov 2000 - May 2004
  • Remote Technical Support for HP customers across Asia and the Pacific, on HP OpenCall platforms on HP-UX and Linux.
  • International travel to provide on-site support and engineering services, such as system design & platform integration; user acceptance testing of all new platforms; providing documentation and training for ongoing customer operational acceptance testing.
HP HP-UX Linux Technical Support System Administration UNIX
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Response Center Engineer
Information Technology
May 1998 - Nov 2000
Atlanta, GA
Remote Technical Support for HP customers on networking / network support, Network Interconnect, HP-UX, HP MPE, and mini-computer hardware.
HP HP-UX Technical Support Network Support System Administration UNIX
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Senior Systems Analyst
Information Technology
Jan 1992 - May 1998
ASK ERP software installation, implementation, customization and support. HP3000/MPE/iX System Support and Maintenance. PC and Network Support. NetWare Administrator. High Speed Network design, implementation and maintenance.
ERP Network Design System Analysis Linux Network Support Database Maintenance Netware System Administration Network Architecture & Design
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Education
Bachelor's in Information Technology BSIT
Kennesaw State University, 2017 -
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Related Courses
AZ-301 Azure Architect Design crash course, 2020
20553 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions Master Class, 2018
Azure Certification Jump Start, 2018
Exam AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies, 2020
ArchiMate 2.x, 2016
Red Hat CSA in Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8, 2016
WebLogic 11g Administration, 2012
Oracle 10g DBA, 2005
Certifications
TOGAF 9 Certified, OpenGroup
Red Hat Certified Engineer - RHEL 6, Red Hat
ITIL v3
HP Certified Systems Administrator - HP-UX 11, Hewlett Packard
Novell Authorized CNE, Novell
WebLogic 11g Administration
Oracle 10g DBA
Other Training Events: AZ-301 Azure Architect Design crash course
20553 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions Master Class
Azure Certification Jump Start
Skills
Linux
2020
25
System Administration
2014
22
UNIX
2020
17
Network Architecture & Design
2020
13
Network Support
2000
8
Database Maintenance
1998
6
ERP
1998
6
HP
2004
6
HP-UX
2004
6
Netware
1998
6
Network Design
1998
6
System Analysis
1998
6
Technical Support
2004
6
Cloud Architecture
2020
5
Cloud Engineer
2020
5
Hybrid Cloud
2020
5
Infrastructure Architect
2020
5
MS Azure
2020
5
MS Visio
2020
5
Oracle
2020
5
Oracle Cloud
2020
5
Puppet
2020
5
System Architecture
2020
5
Documentation
2008
4
Analysis
2006
2
BEA WebLogic
2014
2
Disaster Recovery
2006
2
Infrastructure Management
2006
2
Perl
2014
2
Python
2014
2
Release Management
2008
2
AIX
2011
1
Apache Tomcat
2011
1
NetApp
2011
1
OpenShift
2011
1
Cisco
0
1
Cloud Infrastructure
0
1
MySQL
0
1
Routers
0
1
SAML
0
1
Scripting
0
1
SQL
0
1
Switches
0
1
VMWare
0
1
Languages
Japanese, Basic