Personal Details

Name Ian Peter Christian (pookey)
Date of Birth 18th March 1981
Telephone +447740 189415
E-mail Address
Homepage URL http://tech.pookey.co.uk
Address
West Bridgford
Nottingham
NG2
United Kingdom

Personal Statement

During the last 6 years at Timico I have helped transform the way we manage and develop our cloud and hosting platforms. Whilst maintaining my skills with a hands on approach, I manage a team of developers to build a public and private cloud offering using VMWare vCloud Director on top of Cisco UCS, with both Dell Compellent and EMC storage.

I am a dynamic individual who enjoys learning new technologies and strives to constantly better myself both in my professional and personal life. I'm approachable and able to comfortably explain complex solutions to less technical staff and customers, without confusing or belittling them.

My background gives me a wide range of skills covering network design, software development, web technologies, system administration, virtualisation, and security.

My CV is kept up to date online at http://tech.pookey.co.uk/cv.html.

Skills

Programming

  • Knowledge of OOP / Design Patterns
  • Basic knowledge in C, C++, C#, Pascal, ASM, Perl, ASP, VB and Java
  • Very good knowledge in PHP, specifically PHP5

Web Related Technologies

  • PHP4, PHP5 and PEAR
  • Basic knowledge in .NET and perl
  • XSLT/XML/XHTML/HTML/CSS
  • Javascript & AJAX
  • Symfony Framework
  • Search Engine Optimisation / SEO

Databases

  • MySQL, Postgres, SQLite
  • Good working knowledge of SQL

Other

  • Experience with VMWare vSphere, deploying a multi-site hosting platform
  • Experience with SAN technologies, especially EMC VNC

Server Software

  • Linux Servers (Debian, Ubuntu and Gentoo specifically)
  • Windows 2000, 2003 server, MS ISA, and limited knowledge in Exchange
  • Apache 1.3, Apache 2 and IIS, along with a good knowledge of the HTTP protocol
  • Exim MTA, Spamassassin and a good knowledge of the SMTP protocol
  • Courier/Cyrus/Dovecot IMAP server and a good knowledge of the POP3 and IMAP protocols
  • Knowledge of most UNIX daemons as well as their underlying protocols
  • VMware Certified Professional 4 (VCP4) trained

Networking

  • Cisco ICND1 (half of CCNA) certified - full CCNA level understanding
  • DNS with Windows and Linux BIND, and djbDNS
  • DHCP in Windows and Linux
  • Subnetting/IP addressing/routing
  • High level understanding of MPLS networks
  • 802.1p/q VLANing
  • Firewalling with MS ISA, ipchains and iptables

Employment History

Head of Infrastructure Development - Timico Ltd - Newark

Date: Oct 2012 - Current

Running teams that look after the systems, network, virtualisation, and internal IT across the Timico Technology Group. Leading the consolidation of network and systems across the acquisitions made by Timico, to improve reliability, service offering, and reduce cost. Responsible for R&D of related technologies.

Systems and Applications Manager - Timico Ltd - Newark

Date: Jan 2011 - Sept 2012

Promoted to head up the Application Services Team reporting to the Group Operations Director. I was Lead in a project to build a virtualisation platform, responsible for researching various virtualisation, server/blade, and storage/SAN technologies. Created an RFP and handled vendor responses for the final solution. I worked with the resulting platform to create a customer facing cloud offering using VMware's vCloud director on vSphere, and created an environment for hosting of internal servers and services. Leading a team of 3 others responsible for SAN and server administration, and management of the virtualistion platform. Gained experience in Cisco UCS, EMC VNX, Nexus switching, VMWare ESX, vSphere and vCloud director.

Network Operations Engineer - Timico Ltd - Newark

Date: Sept 2008 - Dec 2010

Lead developer in the development of internal management systems, using a range of technologies including Java, GWT and PHP. System administration of a wide range of servers, and involvement in network operations. Experience in working with a very large database setup, which grows by about 7 million records a day. Implementing a large scale email solution, combining a number of different legacy mail setups in to one centrally managed platform.

Technical Manager - VoIP4U Ltd - Bicester

Date: Sept 2007 - Sept 2008

Assisting in the development and deployment of VoIP technology and supporting systems. Heavily involved with the development of a CRM and VoIP platform administration tool developed under Symfony (PHP5). My roles involved project management, system administration, and development.

Products involved being a key part in designing highly scalable systems capable of dealing with network and hardware failures. The solution involved dealing with both horizontal and vertical scalability issues, and working with virtualisation technologies.

This role has also pushed forward my knowledge of Java.

ISP Engineer - NetConnex - Epsom

Date: March 2005 - August 2007

Lead (and only) developer, creating the new ADSLguide.org.uk, now thinkbroadband.com - The UK's #1 independent broadband news and review site. The site originally was written in ASP using a MS SQL backend, however during my rewrite I moved to PHP5 and MySQL. The site attracts millions of page hits a month.

I did a lot of work in researching VPS technologies such as Virtuozzo, openVZ and Xen. I was responsible for maintaining servers, as well as datacenter maintenance tasks.

ISP Engineer - KeConnect Limited - Ipswich

Date: June 2004 - February 2005

Integration of various server software (RADIUS, Apache, Exim etc.) into a database backend, and creating a web administration system using PHP. That consisted of creating a frontend to RADIUS user management and logging, and an IP management application amongst other things. I was also been entirely responsible for integrating a customer sign up system with BTs ADSL provisioning system (eCo). Also, I got experience with working on large scale email systems with Exim MTA, handling about 2 million connections a day.

ISP Engineer - Associated Networks Ltd. - Marlborough

Date: June 2003 - April 2004

My job with Associated Networks involved 1st to 3rd line support for our customers and resellers. Support was provided for web hosts, ADSL, network configuration and software. I also maintained some of the Windows and Linux servers, installing updates, fixing service errors, and upgrading the configuration to suit the needs of our customers. Whilst in this job, I worked with a colleague to develop a system designed to allow hotels to place Linux terminals in the hotel rooms, and charging guests for usage. This involved creating a very secure and locked down installation of KDE 3.2, suitable to run over a read-only NFS mount.

IT Support Officer - East Devon College - Tiverton

Date: June 2001 - June 2002

I maintained about 20 windows servers running 2 domains, with hundreds of client PCs. The servers were a mixture of NT and 2000. I also spent 10 weeks giving a evening course to mature students in web design. During this time, I implemented an anti-spam/virus Linux based mail server, and a Linux firewall providing a DMZ for the site. The Linux server is still in place, its configuration unaltered. I was in charge of running the 2 MS ISA servers, maintaining the external web server and DNS server, and expanding the network. I also developed and implemented a thin-client solution using Windows Terminal Services. This involved software testing, problem solving and the programming of a custom shell designed to lock down the old Pentium 90 Windows NT clients.

Part Time Technical Adviser - onDigital - Plymouth

Date: 2000 - 2001

Offering advice and support for customers and retailers with technical problems and queries. This job required skills in customer relations, and knowledge and understanding of digital transmissions and basic aerial theory.

Computer Technician - ACC Computers - Essex

Date: 1999 - 1999

Building and configuring desktop computers to meet customer requirements, as well as on-site installations.

Part Time Department Supervisor - Tates Limited - Essex

Date: 1996 - 1999

This job involved running the news department at a local convenience store. My job included stock level control, personnel management, stock return and wastage, and processing the wages for the department staff. This job involved dealing with customers with problems and queries.

Education History

BSC(Hons) Computer Systems and Networks - University of Plymouth

During this 4 year degree, which included a years work placement, I obtained a 2:1 Honours.

A Levels - Brentwood School, Essex

I obtained 3 A-Levels, in Electronics, Computer Studies, and Mathematics.

References

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