Dec 2012 – Dec 2013 Paragon Group of Companies – Technical Lead

This financial organisation took me on to make improvements to their VMware and IBM N series (NetApp) storage infrastructure.  This included: –

  • Upgrading to VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus 5.1 from vSphere 4.1
  • Implementation of VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.1 to establish a disaster recovery strategy providing a 1 hour Recovery Point Object (RPO) and 1 hour Recovery Time Objective (RTO).
  • Implementation of Capacity Management into the Operations Team by use of: –
    • VMware vCenter Operations Manager
    • IBM N series OnCommand Core (Data Fabric Manager / Operations Manager)
    • Solarwinds Virtualisation Manager
    • Solarwinds Storage Manager
  • Streamlining the backup strategy utilising IBM N series snapshot technology and Commvault Simpana for offsite encrypted tape backups
  • Implementation of best practice settings on the IBM N series CIFS, NFS and iSCSI storage to provide a balance between optimum performance, resilience and wasted space.

As well as making these improvements I also managed the virtual environment including

  • Building, configuring and deploying virtual images
  • Developing scripts to manage the virtual images once deployed

This virtual environment ran a mixture of COTS middleware and custom applications.17