What is Rackspace?
Based in San Antonio, Rackspace is a Internet Service Provider focusing on Managed Web Hosting and Cloud Solutions.
Infrastructure Practice Area - Compute ( July 2013 - Present )
- Prototyped a version of public cloud based on KVM
- Developed a live boot OS distribution for rapid deployment and upgrading of cloud based hypervisors using bittorrent to elminiate the need for OS installations.
- Built a datacenter provisioning system utilizing iPXE (Terraform) for lifecycle management of servers, including OS installation, firmware provisioning, and RAID management.
- Developed and launched Performance Cloud Servers based on Intel Processors and highly tuned Xen Hypervisors.
- Developed and launched boot.rackspace.com, an iPXE based OS bootloader for Cloud Servers and Bare Metal.
Advisory Board Member
Xen Project ( February 2014 - Present )
Senior Systems Engineer
Cloud Servers and Openstack Products ( December 2012 - July 2013 )
- Focused on rapid prototyping, design and implementation of new features for Cloud Servers NextGen including:
- Automation of Hypervisor Deployments of XenServer for Cloud Servers
- Development, testing, and tuning of new hardware platforms including Dell, HP, Open Compute Project (OCP)
- Extensive work with Openstack and the Open Source Community
- Rapid Deployment and Continuous Delivery using Puppet, Jenkins, and other custom automation tools
Compute Systems Engineering Manager
Next Gen Cloud Servers Product ( April 2011 - December 2012 )
- Headed up the team responsible for Systems Engineering and Integration for the Open Cloud Compute product at Rackspace.
- Worked closely with Compute Development and Operations teams to ensure that Openstack software would meet customers expectations for stability and scalability.
- Designed and built out Rackspace's internal clusters of Nova (Openstack) in preparation for production deployments utilizing XenServer.
- Successfully launched the Next Generation of Cloud Servers in multiple regions around the world on specified timelines.
Senior Systems Engineer
Cloud Servers and Slicehost Development ( October 2008 - April 2011 )
- Moved over to Slicehost Development team once Rackspace acquired the company.
- Was responsible for integrating Slicehost Technology into Rackspace Systems.
- Developed hardware platform and worked side by side the developers to get everything integrated for the launch of Rackspace Cloud Servers.
- Designed and architected Windows Cloud Servers offering along with team of Developers.
- Focused on Research and Development for the Cloud Servers/Slicehost brands.
- Extensive work with Open Source Xen, Citrix XenServer, Installers and Image Development including all flavors of Linux and Windows.
- Responsible for Escalations for the Cloud Servers product.
Rack Labs ( January 2008 - October 2008 )
- Moved over to Rack Labs to work on the Infrastructure as a Service Cloud Servers project.
- Worked on designing the offering and worked with a team of developers to build a prototype. Purchase of Slicehost accelerated this project.
Server Hardware and Virtualization ( January 2003 - January 2008 )
- Responsible for Research and Development of all server hardware and virtualization platforms at Rackspace.
- Developed automated firmware updater systems that were network bootable for the datacenter server builds.
- Developed, tested and integrated all server offerings. Included our own white label brand, HP, and Dell Servers. Responsible for integration and testing with our automated Windows and Linux installers utilized by the datacenter. Worked closely with our automated Windows and Linux installer teams.
- Developed, tested and integrated Rackspace's first VMware based Virtualization offering.
- Received hardware issue escalations.
- Worked with vendors and their Engineering on issues and feature requests.
Datacenter Operations Technician ( July 2002 - January 2003 )
- Responsible for building, maintaining, repairing, and diagnosing over 3000 servers in a single datacenter.
- Worked with standard server components as well as branded servers (Dell, HP, Sun)
- Worked with many server OS types including Windows, Linux, and Sun Solaris.