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Ben Thomas, Ruby Developer in Denver, CO, United States
Ben Thomas

Ruby Developer in Denver, CO, United States

Member since December 9, 2015
Ben Thomas is a DevOps architect with over 10 years of industry experience specializing in AWS, VMware Infrastructure, and automation. Ben holds many industry certifications over several disciplines and has experience working with a diverse types of organizations both large and small.
Ben is now available for hire



  • Linux, 10 years
  • VMware ESXi, 6 years
  • VMware, 6 years
  • Ruby, 5 years
  • Automation, 3 years
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS), 2 years
  • Ansible, 1 year
  • Puppet.js, 1 year
Denver, CO, United States



Preferred Environment

OSX, Atom, Sublime, Puppet, Vagrant, Ansible, Ruby

The most amazing...

...project that I have worked on was a project where I had the opportunity to work with a few NASA missions; I've always been a space geek.


  • Sr. DevOps Architect

    2015 - PRESENT
    Alliance Health
    • Transitioned and consolidated VMware environment while improving stability and security.
    • Architected repeatable and secure AWS solution for holding PCI and HIPAA information.
    • Architected and implemented Puppet based automation environment for use across the enterprise.
    • Mentored junior engineers and other teams on VMware and AWS best practices and design.
    • Deployed Kubernetes based docker cluster in AWS to increase developer productivity (in progress).
    Technologies: Puppet, Ansible, VMware, Amazon AWS, Ruby, Rails, Docker
  • Cloud Architect

    2014 - 2015
    Lightstream Managed Services
    • Worked to design and deliver infrastructure solutions based on Amazon AWS infrastructure.
    • Worked to design and deliver automation solutions based on Puppet Open Source.
    Technologies: AWS, VMware, Puppet, Ruby
  • Senior Cloud Engineer

    2013 - 2014
    • Managed and maintained VMware vCloud Director installations for public cloud installation.
    • Managed and maintained multi-tenant vSphere infrastructure.
    • Worked with customers to troubleshoot and resolve any day-to-day issues.
    • Built several diverse lab environments to teach other engineers as well as research new products and tools.
    • Managed Cisco UCS multi-fabric environment with virtualized and bare metal workloads.
    Technologies: VMware, Ruby, vCloud, Cisco UCS
  • Datacenter Engineer

    2013 - 2013
    World Wide Technology
    • Designed and deployed solutions for various customers based on NetApp FlexPod design.
    • As a VMware Expert trained and mentored other members of the team on VMware technology.
    • Performed information gathering and preliminary design on complex multi-vendor solutions.
    Technologies: VMware, Cisco UCS, NetApp
  • Sr. Technical Support Engineer

    2010 - 2013
    • As an Escalation Engineer worked to solve complicated cases often involving multiple vendors and critical customer situations.
    • Provided back-line assistance to Tier 1 and Tier 2 engineers.
    • Specialized in supporting customers in federal environments, often solving problems remotely.
    • Created Ruby On Rails based customer management tool for business critical support teams to augment and automate reporting on data from the salesforce.
    Technologies: VMware, Ruby, Rails
  • VMware Administrator

    2009 - 2010
    Raytheon (Subcontractor)
    • As a VMware engineer focused on maintaining the stability, reliability, and performance.
    • Implemented several isolated infrastructures supporting 3 spacecraft missions for NASA.
    • Implemented performance tweaks and design optimization as part of ongoing project operations.
    • Implemented VMware systems to update existing infrastructure and new infrastructure for future NASA missions.
    • Worked with project stakeholders to develop stable platforms to meet strict project requirements across disciplines.
    Technologies: VMware
  • Systems Administrator

    2007 - 2009
    RNB Technologies
    • Performed Microsoft Windows administration tasks.
    • Performed administrative tasks on Sun Solaris and other Linux distributions.
    • Maintained BIND Authoritative and Caching DNS servers.
    • Maintained Postfix based Mail Relay servers.
    • Designed Enterprise class syslog system using syslog-ng.
    Technologies: Windows, Unix, Linux, VMware


  • vOpenData (Development)

    Application to allow people to voluntarily upload inventory snapshot from VMware based environment for public consumption. Project currently on hold.


  • Tools

    VMware, Vagrant, Ansible
  • Other

    VMware ESXi, vCloud Director
  • Libraries/APIs

  • Paradigms

  • Platforms

    Windows, Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Languages

    Ruby, Bash
  • Frameworks

    Ruby on Rails (RoR)
  • Storage

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