Brandon Peskin, Developer in San Francisco, CA, United States
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Brandon Peskin

Verified Expert  in Engineering

DevOps Architect and Software Developer

San Francisco, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
September 24, 2020

Brandon is an experienced professional who has worked as a systems administrator and network engineer/architect. He has a strong passion for developing, implementing, and supporting the technologies used both yesterday and today to get the job done. Brandon has solid experience working with major vendors such as Fortinet, Cisco Ubiquiti, and Palo Alto Networks.


Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Cisco, Cassandra...
IPv6, IPv4, TCP/IP, SonicWall, Fortinet Firewall Configuration, Juniper, Cisco...




Preferred Environment

Amazon Web Services (AWS), TCP/IP, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Amazon EKS, Kubernetes, Cisco, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Azure, Direct Connect (DC), Interconnected Networks

The most amazing...

...thing I have ever supported is a multitenant Fortune-500 software as a service platform supporting 5+ billion transactions per day.

Work Experience

Senior Site Reliability Engineer and Senior DevOps Engineer

2009 - PRESENT
  • Tasked for many years with keeping a multi-million dollar SaaS product online. This was first via bare metal servers, and in recent years via AWS and GCP. Finally, supporting and migrating these applications in the current era to Kubernetes.
  • Implemented change management procedures, alerting tiers, incident management, and synthetic external tests to ensure the SaaS product remains online and operating within specifications.
  • Supported engineering efforts to break down monolithic repos/services into microservices.
  • Designed corporate and data center network footprints from architecture to implementation, support, and monitoring.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Cisco, Cassandra, Kubernetes, CentOS, NGINX

Network Architect

1999 - PRESENT
  • Designed and implemented large scale networks for both corporate and data center. Shared my knowledge on IPv4, and IPv6 and connecting large cloud providers directly to the data center for migratory or scaling purposes.
  • Managed scaling, procurement, and vendor relationships for networking equipment.
  • Worked with security teams to define network perimeter (firewall and intrusion detection) threat and security models.
  • Worked with major vendors (Fortinet, Cisco Ubiquiti, and Palo Alto Networks) with both their hardware offerings and some via the cloud (Prisma at Palo Alto and Meraki). Shared my knowledge on hardware appliance offerings, cloud, and open source implementations.
Technologies: IPv6, IPv4, TCP/IP, SonicWall, Fortinet Firewall Configuration, Juniper, Cisco, CentOS, Networking, Network Engineering, Network Access Control, Firewalls, VPN, Palo Alto Networks, Prisma

Data Center to The Cloud

Led (as the technical lead) a team of SREs responsible for the maintenance of the hardware to support and the release of the company's SaaS product. Established direct connectivity to the cloud provider via Terraform/network infrastructure as code. Established all of the resources needed from the cloud provider via Terraform. Worked with engineering to set up a Spinnaker pipeline to deploy the code via Kubernetes pods which replaced our home-brew Bash script we used for years on bare metal.


VPN, Amazon EKS, Terraform, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), NGINX, Prisma


Data Centers, MySQL, Cassandra




Bash Script, Perl, Go




Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Kubernetes, Docker, Amazon Web Services (AWS), CentOS, Azure


Cisco, TCP/IP, IPv4, IPv6, Data Center Migration, Capacity Planning, Servers, Direct Connect (DC), Interconnected Networks, Networking, Network Engineering, Network Access Control, Firewalls, Networks, Routing and Switching Protocols, Apache Cassandra, Juniper, Fortinet Firewall Configuration, SonicWall, Purchasing, Website Performance, Palo Alto Networks

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