Thomas Merkel

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Managing partner, Server Ninja, SkyLime GmbH

Berlin, Germany

Skills

devops
automation
system administration
apache
nginx
linux
gentoo
ubuntu
smartos
netbsd
c
python
php
bash
posix shell
java
puppet
saltstack
ansible
xmpp
ejabberd
percona
galera cluster
mysql
openssl
postfix
exim
git
cvs
svn
security solutions
managed services
managed server
server hosting
server housing
domains
business analysis
dns
atlassian tools
Cloud Computing

Timeline

Professional experience for Thomas Merkel

  • Current 14 years and 6 months, since May 2007

    Server Ninja

    SkyLime GmbH

    SkyLime is a dynamic team of computer scientists to provide infrastructure and knowledge to rock the world. The team offers Unix and Linux consultancy services including project analysis and management. - Infrastructure, operations and development - Consulting and mentorship - SmartOS cloud provider with managed services like DNS, email, databases and application hosting - Robust software application development and scripting in Node.JS, Python, Shell and C/C++

  • 5 years and 5 months, Jan 2016 - May 2021

    Cloud Architect & Operator

    ANEXIA Internetdienstleistungs GmbH

    Architecture design and installation of private cloud based on SmartOS and Project-Fifo to run low-latency realtime VoIP services. Technologies: LeoFS, LX-branded Zones, Munin, Project-Fifo, SmartOS, Ubuntu, Zones, ZFS

  • 4 months, Dec 2019 - Mar 2020

    Interim Teamlead IT & Solution Engineer

    MAGIX GmbH & Co KGaA

    Introducing agile methods and processes including standards in an global IT department. Providing infrastructure services for different development teams. Technologies: AWS, Apache, Azure, Debian, Git, GlusterFS, HAProxy, Icinga, JBoss, Java, MySQL, NFS, Nagios, Nginx, PHP, Prometheus, Puppet, Python, RedHat, Samba, Shell, Xen, ZFS, libVirt

  • 1 year, Jan 2019 - Dec 2019

    DevOps Linux & Cloud Architect

    Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG

    As part of marketing operations the main focus of the project is to provide a robust platform for the website and content management system in a cloud environment. This includes all infrastructure architecture aspects and future development. Technologies: Ansible, AWS, Cloudflare, Datadog, Docker, JavaScript, New Relic, PHP, Python, Shell, Terraform, Ubuntu

  • 10 years and 11 months, Feb 2009 - Dec 2019

    IT systems engineer

    Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG

    Focus on system operation and continuous delivery in cloud based environments. Development and implementation of automation workflows in cooperation with operation and development teams. Technologies: Ansible, Atlassian toolstack, AWS, AWS Lambda, CloudStack, Forman, Gentoo, GlusterFS, icinga, iptables, Java, Nagios, OpenSSL, Packer, Pagerduty, Percona, PHP, PKI, Postfix, ProFTPd, Puppet, Python, SaltStack, Slack, Ubuntu

  • 8 years and 3 months, Nov 2010 - Jan 2019

    Cloud Specialist

    Veit & Beck Technology GmbH

    Development and management of the SmartOS cloud infrastructure to run virtual machines with VoIP services. Implementation of Ubuntu package management for self-developed telephone software which provide easier deployment. Technologies: Ansible, CentOS, IPSec, KVM, Munin, OpenVPN, SmartOS, Ubuntu, Zones, ZFS

  • 2 years and 7 months, May 2012 - Nov 2014

    Python software developer

    Telekommunikation Lindau GmbH

    Development of python/django web interface to collect cable length and quality information from german telecommunication provider. Technologies: Django, Python, Ubuntu

  • 4 months, Jun 2011 - Sep 2011

    IT consultant and linux system administrator

    IBM Deutschland GmbH

    Leading a team of students and contractors to implement and extend a monitoring solution. To monitor IBM internal services and products we developed an extension for Nagios in the Java programming language. Technologies: CentOS, Java, Nagios, RedHat

  • 7 years and 3 months, Apr 2004 - Jun 2011

    Partner and system administrator

    reco-systems

    Co-Founder of the webhosting company which has been transfered to SkyLime GmbH. Development of web and database cluster solutions to scale by customer needs.

  • 6 months, Feb 2009 - Jul 2009

    Hostmaster and system administrator

    ingame GmbH

    As part of the hostmaster team we provided the web services for all ingame platforms to their customers. Management of different content management systems, database and web server cluster setup based on MySQL, Apache and HAProxy. Technologies: Apache, Debian, DNS, CentOS, HAProxy, MySQL, PHP

  • 3 years and 6 months, Sep 2005 - Feb 2009

    Linux system administrator

    Avira GmbH

    Maintenance and administration of Gentoo-Linux servers to provide web, file and network services to the users. Infrastructure script development in Bash, PHP and Perl.

  • 1 year and 1 month, Nov 2006 - Nov 2007

    Test inspector

    Elektronikschule Tettnang

    As Pearson VUE test inspector preparation of the test machines and infrastructure in the test center was required. Responsibilities included running a successful test environment and monitor the exams.

  • 3 years and 10 months, Nov 2001 - Aug 2005

    Software tester OS/2 and Windows products

    H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH

    Responsible for testing the antivirus products on Windows, OS/2 and Novell NetWare. Development of an testing framework to manage and evaluate test protocols.

Educational background for Thomas Merkel

  • 4 years and 1 month, Feb 2009 - Feb 2013

    Applied Computer Science

    University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten

    Development of a mobile application to manage cloud infrastructure

  • 2 years and 5 months, Sep 2005 - Jan 2008

    Information- and communication technology

    Elektronikschule Tettnang

    Integration of the OTRS helpdesk solution into an high availability cluster

  • 1 year and 9 months, Sep 2003 - May 2005

    Information- and communication technology

    Elektronikschule Tettnang

    Development of an PHP application to automate software test protocols

Languages

  • German

    First language

  • English

    Fluent

Wants

python developers
creative contacts
business contacts
open-mind people

Interests

computer science
60s
it-security
linux
creative coding
unix
motorcycling
illumos

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