Over the Years!!

Throughout my tenure as a former Technical Consultant/Manager, I’ve overseen numerous impactful projects both within and outside Portugal. After 2015, my focus shifted towards advising, architecting, and acting as a technologist in Portugal, collaborating closely with various vendors to deliver Proof of Concepts (POC) and technical workshops, primarily centered around Cloud, Multi-Cloud, NSX, and Tanzu.

Here are some significant projects I’ve undertaken:

2015 – Design the new wireless coverage for all the dealerships across Portugal, with new POE+ switches and AP, using 802.1x for the private networks and with a captive portal for the guest accounts. around 300 APs Vendor used: HP Networking APs and controllers, Checkpoint for FW services, and Layer 3.

2015 – Automation project – Created scripts and integrated with HP Server Automation and Operations Orchestrator for a company with 120 ESXi servers with more than 800 Linux servers, several OS/2 Virtual machines, and around 200 Solaris x86 Servers. Skills required Red Hat Linux / Solaris / OS/2, HP Server Automation, HP Operations Orchestrations, shell scripting, VMware, Powercli, Python.

2015 – Implemented the Wireless solution with several SSIDs with 802.1x 120 APs in a paper factory, A.D integration, new security components, new network segmentation, and upgrade to all up links from core to access to 10Gbits. Vendor used: HP Networking and Fortinet.

2015 – Outside of Portugal in Africa Guiné conacri – new University 70 access switches, two corre, 160 APs 2 WLC, 4 Check Points. I designed the layer 2 and layer 3 network, Wireless integration and services FW services, and SSL VPN. The vendors used: Extreme Networks and Check Point.

2014 – Helped design the systems part of the project, Implemented and designed a new core network for a private Hospital with 2 cores HP 10500 57 HP 5500 switches, implementation of IRF, Implementation of the Wireless solution covering indoor areas up to 48.000 square meters. with several SSIDs, designed and helped the implementation of the DR concepts, Installation of the Firewalls, and load balancing solutions. The vendors used: HP switching, Wireless, Storage and Servers, Fortinet for firewalls / VPN, etc.. Barracuda for Load Balancing, VMware vSphere, Operations, and SRM for the data center and DR.

2014 – Design and Implementation of a large Wireless for a retail company out of Portugal with 90.000 square meters of area, support for rugged devices and normal laptops tablets, and so on. Did the survey design and implementation. The vendor used Ruckus Wireless.

2013 – in Portugal Implement and design a new core network with Cisco core switches several 3650 and 2960 switches, Ruckus Wireless and NETAPP STORAGE in metro cluster for High availability, VMware for all datacenters with SRM for 3rd site integration / DR and Fortigate Firewalls on all 3 sites.

2013 – Design and implement a new footprint of the core network of an ISP with Wimax Technology to cover areas in Luanda where our fiber didn’t reach. for 30 Enterprise customers capable of growing up to 250 enterprise customers. (Banks, Television channels, Air transporters).

2013 – Private Cloud project, Design and implement a new Data Center based on Cisco Connectivity (Nexus) Cisco UCS (Several Blades) NETAPP storage 3 Data Domains, VMware, EMC Networker as backup software.

2012 – Design and architect a large solution with several CISCO components capable of supporting 1400 users in a fully wireless environment with several security stages and NAC implementation.

2012 – Disaster recovery Project – Implement and configure a replication solution based on CDR for a large morocco company between Casablanca and Rabat with Integration with several DB’s and VMware Site Recovery Manager more than (60 critical applications) i did the setup of storage and replication installation of vSphere environment and the configuration of SRM. Vendor EMC, VMware, and Oracle The Oracle part was made by Oracle Specialists.

2012 – Disaster Recovery. Audit, Designed, and defined the scope for a Disaster Recovery project for a large enterprise company with sites in Portugal, Italy, Spain, and Greece.

2012 – VDI design and implementation project for a government entity in Portugal for 400 users. The vendors used: Cisco, VMware, Wyse.

When not delivering or designing larger projects I worked on lots of small projects mostly Virtualization projects, storage and backups.

2010/2011 – Large project design and implementation with VMware with vSphere 4.1, Chargeback and AppSpeed around 200 hosts. and the migration of all virtual environments to the new one. the virtualization of their Siebel environment.

2010 – Disaster Recovery audit, then project design and implementation
EMC storage, HP Servers, connectivity Cisco, VMware ESX, and SRM, had to ensure the replication, create new DNS replication zones (bind), and replicate SQL databases and Oracle. lots of scripts to automate processes.

2010 – Large backup project with Netbackup with several configurations for around 700 servers I had to use fiber transport configurations to ensure that the backup windows were suitable for the large Oracle databases in production. Backups configured for Virtual Environment and HP-UX, Solaris and Linux environments.

2009 – Large consolidation project for Portugal size, around 200 x86 servers were migrated from physical to virtual, also consolidated several old Alpha Servers on new Pseries servers with AIX and Virtualization configured, Storage IBM, Backups Netbackup.

Several consolidation projects over the years with VMware also some nice and small VDI projects.

2007 – 4 LARGE HPC clusters in a total of more than 500 nodes with a job submission portal and billing portal for 3 campuses in Portugal and a large government entity, we tested the code fine tuned the compiler, and configured scripts for self-healing of nodes and quick replacement of the Masters. we also configured an Open LDAP directory to connect the environments later we configured the 4 HPCs into a single GRID with a single submission portal.

Several Virtualization and consolidation projects also several Linux projects.

2005 – Linux cluster with qmail with 38.000 mail accounts for a government entity

2005 – my first large virtualization and consolidation project for an international retail company ESXi 2.5, vCenter – 500 physical servers were converted to virtual machines. Also did the SAN and storage configuration.

2004 – My second VMware Project with size for a Telco in Portugal that wanted to consolidate an environment for testing virtualization, IBM blades, SAN, and Storage of 50 physical web servers were converted to virtual machines to test Virtualization.

2003 – My first project with VMware ESX Virtualization project for a Telco for a very small x86 environment with 6 physical servers.

From 1996 to 2003 – Most projects were Linux others OSF1, Digital Unix or Tru64 with Alpha Servers and Enterprise Backups and Storage Systems in 1999 had a look at Linux @ VMware for Linux, but never used it on customers but used it on his laptop all the time thanks VMware !!! 🙂

1993 to 1996 – Just another guy starting IT, that worked with a lot of nice things. But when started working with Alpha Servers, Enterprise Backups, Enterprise storage, Unix systems, and Linux that was the “real” beginning of a long and nice life in IT.