Brandon Williams, Software Developer in Spring Hill, TN, United States
Brandon Williams

Software Developer in Spring Hill, TN, United States

Member since February 24, 2020
Brandon is a senior DevOps engineer who's passionate about creating highly available, fault-tolerant, secure, and scalable systems. He brings software engineering principles and practices to infrastructure and operations. Brandon has experience in all three major cloud providers (AWS, Azure, GCP) with expert-level experience in AWS.
Brandon is now available for hire

Portfolio

  • Streamlit
    Kubernetes, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)...
  • Provisions Group
    Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Amazon EKS, NGINX, Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform
  • Ramsey Solutions
    Python, Docker, AWS, Amazon ECS (Amazon Elastic Container Service), Pulumi's...

Experience

  • Linux 10 years
  • Python 10 years
  • AWS 7 years
  • Docker 7 years
  • Amazon ECS (Amazon Elastic Container Service) 5 years
  • Kubernetes 3 years
  • Terraform 3 years
  • Pulumi's 2 years

Location

Spring Hill, TN, United States

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Linux, Amazon ECS (Amazon Elastic Container Service), Kubernetes, Pulumi's, Terraform, AWS Cloud Development, Python, TypeScript

The most amazing...

...thing I've had the opportunity to work on was helping build out the Streamlit Cloud platform.

Employment

  • DevOps Engineer

    2020 - PRESENT
    Streamlit
    • Built out several different ways of hosting a Streamlit application across both AWS and Azure with well-documented README files so that users could use these examples for themselves.
    • Created the CircleCI build and deploy process to automate the release of the platform components for the Streamlit for All platform. The Streamlit for All platform allows users to deploy/host a Streamlit application.
    • Iterated on the build process to speed it up from the original implementation by parallelizing the building of the platform service Docker images.
    • Moved the team from the Golang version of Pulumi to the TypeScript version of Pulumi. Additionally, I obtained several GCP resources that were created manually tracked by Pulumi (infrastructure as code).
    Technologies: Kubernetes, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Pulumi's
  • DevOps Architect | Consultant

    2019 - PRESENT
    Provisions Group
    • Supported clients with setting up secure Kubernetes platforms for delivering PHP or .NET applications using Helm charts.
    • Assisted customers with setting up centralized logging infrastructure in an AWS environment using Elasticsearch, Kinesis, Cloudwatch, and Lambda.
    • Provisioned AWS and Azure resources in Terraform to provide infrastructure as code that is predictable and repeatable across environments.
    • Provided solutions for customers through Lambdas for RDS backups and log aggregation.
    • Configured Azure DevOps pipelines to provide continuous deployment of Kubernetes applications through Helm charts.
    Technologies: Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Amazon EKS, NGINX, Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform
  • Senior Systems Engineer

    2016 - PRESENT
    Ramsey Solutions
    • Migrated applications from running on VMs to running on AWS Elastic Container Service, which saved us thousands of dollars/year.
    • Migrated from an on-premises data center to AWS to improve the availability and scalability of systems.
    • Implemented monitoring and alerting services to ensure the system's availability and to implement changes based on alerts that could be resolved in an automated fashion.
    • Built reusable patterns for infrastructure with tools like AWS CloudFormation, AWS CDK, and Pulumi.
    • Migrated the company from one AWS account to an AWS Organization with AWS accounts for each business unit.
    Technologies: Python, Docker, AWS, Amazon ECS (Amazon Elastic Container Service), Pulumi's, AWS Cloud Development, TypeScript
  • Software Consultant

    2014 - 2016
    Red C Tech, LLC
    • Wrote Java (Spring Boot) applications with JavaScript (Ember.js) UIs to build out a life safety platform for a major home security company.
    • Implemented zero-downtime deploys and guaranteed once a request hit the outer edge of our network that the request would be processed.
    • Wrote unit, functional, integration, and performance tests for the platform.
    • Participated in planning meetings to limit the scope of what could be delivered every two weeks to business partners.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Apache ZooKeeper, Marathon, Mesos, Docker, AWS, JavaScript, Java
  • Senior Programmer Analyst

    2012 - 2014
    IMT Insurance
    • Executed pair programming on the API integration with LexisNexis to ensure that insureds were rated appropriately.
    • Automated the process to keep customers' data segregated for compliance purposes.
    • Made data translation layers between the Python Django applications and the legacy Windows and COBOL applications to ensure a smooth transition for customers.
    Technologies: JavaScript, Python
  • Programmer

    2011 - 2012
    Rain and Hail Insurance
    • Developed a tool to visualize the crop insurance policies where the premium did not match the federal government premium calculation.
    • Ran historical queries to provide data on policies and premiums to key stakeholders for future decisions.
    • Introduced pair programming and test-driven development to the team to improve the speed and quality of software delivered.
    Technologies: JavaScript, Java
  • Assistant Programmer Analyst

    2010 - 2011
    EMC Insurance
    • Developed new integrations with third-party tools for the independent agents writing insurance policies with EMC.
    • Tracked and fixed bugs via the custom error/bug tracking system.
    • Helped others write and test JavaScript for the auto and motorcycle quote process.
    Technologies: MAPPER, JavaScript
  • Business Systems Consultant

    2009 - 2010
    Wells Fargo
    • Enhanced an in-house VBScript desktop application to improve the underwriter workflow.
    • Ran reports for executives to determine the backlog and rate of closings on mortgage applications.
    • Implemented a data analysis to find loan applications that needed to have a decision made prior to a fine being imposed.
    Technologies: JavaScript, VBScript, SQL

Experience

  • Hosting the Streamlit Application in AWS
    https://github.com/williamsbdev/streamlit-aws-examples

    Working with Streamlit, I was trying to give users examples of how a Streamlit application might be deployed in AWS with the many different options available.

    I put together an example with AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS EKS, and AWS ECS. It was requested that it all be done with the AWS CLI instead of some infrastructure-as-code tool (as I did with the first example in Terraform for AWS ECS).

  • Financial Peace University
    http://www.financialpeace.com

    I helped develop a platform to host the web applications for Financial Peace University which helps folks get out of debt, live on a budget, and discover financial freedom.

    Role: Systems Engineer

    I helped to design the infrastructure-as-code and deployment pipelines so that the developers could deliver the code predictably, repeatably, and reliably. This included all of the AWS resources for the site and underlying applications.

  • Hosting the Streamlit Application in Azure
    https://github.com/williamsbdev/streamlit-azure-examples

    Working with Streamlit, I was trying to give users examples of how a Streamlit application might be deployed in Azure with the many different options available.

    I put together an example with Azure AKS and Azure App Services. It was requested that it all be done with the Azure CLI instead of some infrastructure-as-code tool (such as Terraform or Pulumi). In other client work, I've built out and managed Azure environments from scratch in Terraform.

Skills

  • Tools

    Amazon ECS (Amazon Elastic Container Service), Terraform, AWS CloudFormation, Ansible, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), AWS IAM, Helm, Vim Text Editor, Tmux, Slack, NGINX, Azure App Service, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Apache ZooKeeper, Mesos, Amazon EKS, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Paradigms

    DevOps, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Deployment, Continuous Delivery (CD)
  • Platforms

    Docker, Linux, Amazon EC2 (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud), Kubernetes, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • Other

    Pulumi's, AWS, AWS DevOps, Teams, AWS Cloud Development
  • Languages

    Python, TypeScript, Java, SQL, JavaScript
  • Frameworks

    Marathon
  • Storage

    MySQL, PostgreSQL, Amazon S3 (AWS S3)

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Management Information Systems
    2005 - 2009
    Central College - Pella, IA, USA

Certifications

  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator — Associate
    AUGUST 2018 - AUGUST 2021
    Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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