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ACC Technologies, Irvine, CA Technical Support Manager, IT Manager, Engineering Support, 3/93-6/96 A PC hardware manufacturing company where responsibilities included network management and support, customer support regarding product line which included disks, memory, modems and printers, customer returns and replacements, and interfacing between engineering and manufacturing. Designed/implemented software/hardware modifications of existing Novell network to increase reliability and performance. Project managed both internal and external e-mail services using Lotus products. Maintained 70-mixed Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 environment that included backup and lab testing/restore policies using Windows NT 3.51 and Novell 3.11 servers. Project managed the installation of a new phone system from the Toshiba Perception to the Northern Telecom Meridian, which included PBX/voice mail support for 100 stations. This involved pre and post training for employees. Improved efficiency of both RMA and technical support departments by increasing employee technical ability, moral and professional attitude. Effective communication between engineering and production, which enhanced the product line. This involved R&D as well as testing. Managed a staff of 15 in a motivational manner that encouraged productivity and a positive work environment. Metrolight Studios. L.A., CA Chief Technology Officer, 7/96-1/03 A digital post-production facility where responsibilities included working the president and other senior staff in developing budgets, management of both the IT staff and systems network infrastructure. This included internal/external connectivity (TCP/IP, DNS),e-mail (sendmail), and installing/troubleshooting of IRIX/Linux, NT/2000, Mac operating systems and associated applications. Also included are Cisco switches/routers, NetApp NAS and Metastore/Ciprico DAS. Developed and managed infrastructure through entire life-cycle stages including design and proposal, system implementation and support. Developed over all IT budget cover current and expected studio needs. Migrated Novell NetWare to Windows NT. Configured Cisco PIX firewall and Cisco 2600 router for secure and granular network access. Enabled communications amongst PCs, SGIs, and Macs via TCP/IP, Samba, and AppleTalk. Maintained MySQL database on Irix. Managed 3 Systems Administrators and facilities staff. Fine tuned system and network performance using tools such as strace, tcpdump, Bonnie, LTP test suite, Iperf, mrtg, and other SNMP based snmpwalk. Implemented both a distributed and a non-distributed network model to enhance communication amongst devices on the network using NIS/YP, DNS and DHCP protocol vs. host tables. Shell scripting to automate administrative tasks as well as supporting existing proprietary software. Planned and implemented operating system software/ hardware upgrades, while minimizing the impact on the facility. Project managed all telecommunications and ISP services, T1, e-mail and the Internet. Planned and implemented both Cisco routers and switches. PhoenixTools, Milan, Italy Network Consultant, 1/01-5/01 A computer graphics and animation software company with offices in Milan, Rome and Montreal, Canada, that creates tools used in digital effects. Duties included design and implementation of both systems and network infrastructures. The system design criteria required regular meetings with senior management and involved issues such as LAN/ WAN connectivity, internal and external security, ease of administration and growth. Designed and implemented a properly scaled LAN/ WAN to meet current and future needs for 2-4 years before upgrades were needed. This involved designing smaller subsidiary locations in Rome and Montreal. Reduced single points of failure by introducing redundancy in power (UPSs and power supplies), servers (multiple NIS, DNS, DHCP) and network (ISDN backup) and redundant configuration locations. Designed computer room with adequate cooling, power, and ventilation. Configured Cisco PIX firewalls with 3DES VPN connectivity with sites in Rome and Montreal. This involved working with 3 different ISPs with ADSL, E1, and DSL connectivity. Configured both Internet and intranet security via NAT, access lists and PIX firewall with a multi-tiered DMZ approach that separated the Internet from the intranet. Centralized file storage (NAS and DAS) with redundant back plane, power supplies and NICs with DLT autoloader and CDR server. Implemented system and network security that involved both policy and procedures. Replaced MS Exchange 5.5 server with IMAP and LDAP solutions that provided groupware services like Web based e-mail for both internal and external connectivity, calendaring and scheduling. Installed network monitoring and administration tools to make the entire infrastructure (UPSs, switches, routers, firewalls) practical to modify and maintain. Established vendor relations for both pricing, procurement and support of equipment. TooMotion Group. Rome, Italy Network Consultant, 4/01-5/01 A digital post-production facility for digital media, specializing in compositing, editing, and animation. Designed a properly scaled mixed Windows 2K/ Linux network that met current and future needs for 2 years. Designed a combination SAN/Gigabit Ethernet/Ether channel network that ensured streaming HDCAM performance (1990MB/s) with redundancy in both the LAN and SAN. Reduced single points of failure by introducing redundancy in power (UPSs and power supplies), servers (multiple NIS, DNS, DHCP), and redundant data paths for both the LAN and SAN. Boy Wonder. Culver City, CA Chief Technology Officer, 7/02-6/03 A digital post-production facility for film and video, responsibilities included working with the President and Operations Manager in developing budgets, directing strategic goals, policies and procedures of the infrastructure, forecasting long term systems needs and hardware acquisitions. This involved research, purchase, implementation and support during production. Designed an optimal Gigabit Ethernet network that consisted of Foundry and Cisco technologies that met current and future needs for 2 years. This included the ability to play back real time uncompressed images on workstations. Fine tuned system and network performance using tools such as strace, tcpdump, Bonnie LTP test suite, Iperf, mrtg, and other SNMP based tools (snmpwalk). Managed 3 System Administrators and facilities staff. Implemented multiple Gigabit Ether channel file servers that met the demands of hosting multiple shows. Reduced single points of failure by introducing RAID file servers, distributed data locations via DFS & Dfs, multiple UPSs and rewired machine room for multiple circuits. Ensured reliable connectivity between 30 mixed clients consisting of Mac OSX, Red Hat Linux, Windows XP and a 30 node render farm using Windows XP/Linux with backend technologies running Linux. Implemented 30-node/60 proc Xeon render farm using dual boot Windows XP/RedHat Linux for flexibility since not all software was ported to the operating system in use. Implemented Internet connectivity, e-mail, firewall, an external website and various security protocols like SSH and SSL. Tested implementation and feasibility of Oscar parallel computer clustering and PVFS parallel files systems to reduce overall software and hardware cost as parallel computing extends technology shelf life by ~2-3 years. Krusic Consulting Inc, 9/03 - current Titlehouse Digital. Hollywood, CA Network Consultant/ Krusic Consulting Inc. A digital post-production facility for film and video, where responsibilities included directing strategic goals, policies and procedures of the infrastructure as well as determining long term system needs and hardware acquisitions. Stages included technology research, purchase, implementation support during production. Configured Cisco PIX firewall and Cisco 2600 router for secure and granular network access. Managed T1 upgrade that combined voice and data reducing expenses by 50%. Managed 5 System Administrators and facilities staff. Fine tuned system and network performance using tools such as strace, tcpdump, Bonnie, LTP test suite, Iperf, mrtg, and other SNMP based tools (snmpwalk). Implemented security policies including system and management procedures. Migrated Ethernet and optical network to centrally managed gigabit Extreme network switch. Implemented redundancy in power, system resources and network facilities. Installed 50 node Windows XP render queue with management & application software. Rolled out and upgraded workstations to RedHat Linux 9, Windows XP and OSX Panther. Implemented Samba and LDAP directory services. Implemented backup/ archival system to include a combination of near line off line data sets. Maintained 75 Windows XP workstations that included zero day restore policies and various autonomous system file updates. Look Effects Hollywood, CA Network Consultant/ Krusic Consulting Inc. A digital post-production facility for film and video where responsibilities included migration of technologies as well as determining long-term technology direction. Configured Netgear firewall to enforce security policies and allow secure remote access. Implemented gigabit Ethernet with vlans, jumbo frames and ether channel. Implemented redundancy in power, system resources and network facilities. Installed 40 node Windows XP render queue with management & application software. Upgraded workstations to Windows XP and OSX Panther. Implemented Samba and LDAP directory services. Implemented and maintained FileMaker Pro database. Reality Check Studios. Hollywood, CA Network Consultant/ Krusic Consulting Inc. A digital post-production facility for film and video. Responsibilities include implementation of new technologies and their impact on existing infrastructure. Worked with management on developing a yearly IT budget to cover current and future projects in house. Installed and configured a Windows XP based render farm of 18 processors. Implemented multiple OSX based Xserves for directory services such as LDAP, DNS, Samba, FTP and render queue management. Configured and implemented Juniper Netscreen firewall for secure, granular network access for use with a VPN. Installed multiple 5TB OSX based Xraids for use in a mixed OSX and Windows XP client base. Implemented redundancy in power, system resources and network facilities. Designed Xsan for use with existing Xraids and certain key OSX clients. Installed Postfix based mail server with spam and virus counter measures. Installed multiple Intel based blade servers for use in the render pipeline. Captive Audience, Burbank, CA Network Consultant/ Krusic Consulting Inc. A make-up effects facility for the design and application of prosthetics and masks for film. The company established a new state of the art, digital post-production facility. Planned yearly budget to include current projects and basic infrastructure needs independent of projects in house. Implemented test VMWare on Linux render farm for Windows XP virtual machines to aid in batch queuing processes. Designed and implemented 3-10TB Xsan for on line and near line storage in digital effects and video editing using NFS, Samba, and AFP/Netatalk. Installed and configured Linux Virtual Services (LVS) clustering solution for increasing availability of web, mail, ftp and directory services as well as Oscar for compute nodes and PVFS as a test alternative to SAN environments. Fine tuned system and network performance using Linux based tools such as strace, tcpdump, Bonnie, LTP test suite, Iperf, mrtg and other SNMP based tools snmpwalk. Implemented multiple OSX based Xserves for directory services such as LDAP, DNS, Samba, FTP and render queue management to work with Windows XP workstations. Implemented and maintained FileMaker Pro database. Integrated Open Directory, Open LDAP and Active Directory servers in a heterogeneous environment for Windows XP, Linux and OSX connectivity. Installed 230-node Opteron based duel boot Windows XP/ Suse Linux render farm for distributed computing. Maintained 230 dual boot Windows XP/ Linux workstations that included zero day restore policies and various autonomous system file updates. Developed a formal security policy covering the entire organization that included disaster recovery planning and business continuity planning in addition to the use of RBAC. Installed and configured Snort intrusion detection systems and Nessus vulnerability scanners and used ethereal and nmap for security audits and assessments. Designed a high throughput gigabit network utilizing VLANS, jumbo frames and link aggregation using Extreme switches. Implemented T1 and multiple network zones including DMZ using a Juniper Netscreen firewall and multiple wireless access points for secure, granular local and remote network access. Implemented backup/ archival system to include a combination of near line off line data sets. 3DSite Inc., Topanga, CA Network Consultant/ Krusic Consulting Inc. A digital animation facility for software design and development of real time interactive 3D character animation for theme parks. Developed yearly budget based on current monthly expenditures and expected needs. Implemented several VMWare instances on OSX based Xserves to consolidate several 2K3 servers and XP based servers. This was used to both load balance, and create fast and effective DRP and BCP. Implemented several MySQL databases to support Wiki, Bugzilla, and RSS feeds for multiple SVN (version control software) servers. Researching, planning and testing Asterisk IP based PBX to replace current POTS based phone system. Implemented both a Wiki and Bugzilla for general documentation, collaboration and bug tracking needs with secure access via SSL. Implemented VTC solutions using Polycomm with ISDN and TCP/IP. Managed software developers and facilities staff of 3. Debugged C programs, Python, Perl and Shell scripts for 64 bit Windows XP implementations. Maintained and supported 40 PCs running Windows XP both locally and in Italy and other various telecommute sights including a Windows 2K3 server. Implemented various DRP using zero day restore policies for Windows XP and autonomous remote updates of system files. Developed and implemented security policies and procedures involving both Internet and intranet access specifically using IPSEC/PPTP/L2TP VPNs, SSL based web access and SSH. Fine tuned File Maker database and database access via client and ISS web server running on Windows XP via SSL. Implemented perimeter security via firewall and internal security regarding desktops, servers to create an over all secure computing environment. Implemented and maintained several local and remote Subversion (CVS replacement) servers running on Windows 2K3 and Windows XP via SSL in managing software version control for software our development pipeline. Integrated Open Directory, and Active Directory servers in a heterogeneous environment. Digital Domain, Venice, CA Network Consultant/ Krusic Consulting Inc. A full service digital production facility involved in the creation of feature film, video games and commercials. Migrated and maintained Solaris 9 to Solaris 10 on Sparc T2000/V490 used for Oracle 9 database in production and test environments. Troubleshoot 1,200 processor Fedora/XP render farm for use with in house batch queuing software running 3DSMax/Lightwave applications. Wrote various Perl/Python scripts for enhancement of production pipeline. Logan Media, Venice, CA Network Consultant/ Krusic Consulting Inc. Project managed low voltage/high voltage initiatives which included re wiring cabling of data & power infrastructure and general IT direction/strategy using Viso Project and Excel presentations. Manage 80TB high end NAS (BlueArc) consisting of 50TB tier 1 and 30TB tier 2 storage with migration policies in place that migrate data from tier 1 to 2. Managed LTO5 archive system that archives roughly 700TB of data per year. Designed new primary computer room AC & power and connected older secondary computer room via fiber. Mentor IT staff in time management, knowledge gathering and customer service skills. Manage Drupal/MySQL based intranet. Migrated several Dlink switches with Foundry 8 slot SuperX switches connected via fiber in 2 computer rooms and configured Vlans. Designed and implement Drupal/LDAP/Zimbra infrastructure. Implemented Juniper SSG5/140 security appliance with specific security policies dictated by management. Migrated OSX Open Directory servers to Linux OpenLDAP. Troubleshoot, improve 300 Linux Centos/RHEL/OSX nodes on the network. Initiated the purchase and implementation of a BlueArc NAS that replaced aging Apple XSAN. Migrated several physical servers to open source Xen infrastructure with management tools in place. Migrated hosted mail services to local Zimbra collaboration services andxi integrated those services with Drupal/MySQL intranet site. Integrated open source Cacti SNMP based infrastructure monitoring for performance analysis of network, workstations, servers, routers, switches, computer room climate MySQL, Apache resources. Managed multiple computer room AC initiatives including choosing vendors negotiating rates, project management. Worked with the owners to develop yearly IT budgets which included foreseen and unforeseen costs. Planned, designed and built New York office expansion complete with render queue remote power management, VPN and out of band management solutions.
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