Over twenty years working in the IT world has given me an extensive knowledge of the industry and exposure to a large number of products, platforms, protocols and industries. From starting out in 1987 as a PL/1 programmer on IBM mainframes moving in to PC/LAN administration gaining essential hardware, software and networking skills as Netware progressed through the years and integrating with Windows NT, then being invited to take on UNIX administration whilst employed by a software house in 1995. Using SCO Unix and HP-UX, I was sent to various locations worldwide including the USA, Asia, Africa and Europe on behalf of a software house to install and troubleshoot complex containerization software systems.
From there I moved onto team management, being responsible for a team of 4 running a large HP-UX system for major shipping line. After a few years, the decision was made to offer my services independently working as a self-employed contractor, I have worked as a UNIX/Linux System Administrator, Web Developer, a Networking/PC/Windows/NT engineer and 2nd/3rd level support desk engineer for ISP’s, major electronics and IT companies and Financial houses.
For the past 7 years I have been living in Den Haag, the Netherlands with my wife and two young kids. At home I have an active interest in IT and computers, maintaining a home network comprising of a diverse range of operating systems and hardware platforms. I enjoy using computers on a daily basis for both personal and commercial multimedia and web based projects.
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European Space Agency
Short term assignment to
- Provision VMware ESXi Server running multiple Linux VM’s on IBM X Series hardware
- Consolidate several physical servers to new VMWare platform
- Deploy Zabbix Enterprise wide monitoring solution
Lemonberry Web & Graphics Agency.
European Patent Office.
Thru Transport Systems International.
- F/M Manger.
- PC/LAN Manager.
Capital Cameras Ltd.
- Assistant Manager, sales.
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