My professional interests are around distributed systems, configuration management, automation, monitoring, metrics, distributed filesystems, cloud computing, immutable infrastructure, infrastructure as code, Kerberos, LDAP, and IPv6 evangelism.
Currently I’m doing R&D around Amazon AWS, Microsoft AzureStack, Joyent Triton, FreeBSD, Terraform, Packer, Docker, and Kubernetes. I also have lingering operational responsibilities around the University’s central Kerberos realms, CFEngine for managing our on-prem Linux systems, logging (ELK, Splunk, traditional syslog), metrics (InfluxDB+Grafana), monitoring (Nagios), and the University’s central filesystem (IBM GPFS + Samba + NFS).
For fun, I enjoy welding, fabrication, machining, machine restoration (lathes, milling machines, tractors, motorcycles, etc), firearms, playing with high voltage, and riding and working on motorcycles (Honda inline 4s, specifically).
I’m also a volunteer for the local historical railroad where I maintain our website, as well as help with maintenance of way activities, rolling stock maintenance, ticket sales, and excursion operations. I hope to become certified as a locomotive engineer in 2018 with the return of our Budd Rail Diesel Car, which is currently undergoing restoration.
I hold an amateur radio license, callsign KB3EWY. I’m not active much, but in the past I’ve operated primarily on 2M FM, 10M SSB, and 2M APRS.