Dan Garthwaite, Backup & Recovery Developer in Manchester, NH, United States
Dan Garthwaite

Backup & Recovery Developer in Manchester, NH, United States

Member since March 3, 2020
Dan has 20 years of experience running Linux systems in production and has worn many hats that encompass website eCommerce, Python programming, container virtualization, continuous delivery, embedded systems, build and test automation, databases, and security. He reduced one company's AWS bill by $30,000 per month after reviewing their stack and identifying alternative scaling strategies.
Dan is now available for hire




Manchester, NH, United States



Preferred Environment

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kubernetes, Docker, Jenkins, Python

The most amazing...

...thing in my career was creating seaworthy data centers on ocean vessels that mapped international shipping ports around the world.


  • Solutions Engineer Executive Advisor

    2021 - PRESENT
    Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
    • Implemented a GitOps-based release pipeline to deploy through multiple AWS environments. Worked with developers to foster a DevOps relationship that empowered developers to create and deploy their own pipelines.
    • Migrated a Kubernetes cluster from AWS EKS to Azure AKS.
    • Led a major project with the business continuity plan (BCP).
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kubernetes, GitLab CI/CD, Terraform
  • Senior DevOps Engineer

    2018 - PRESENT
    Wagz, Inc
    • Eliminated $30,000 per month from an acquired company's AWS bill after reviewing their scaling and automation strategy.
    • Managed continuous integration, testing, and deployment for an embedded Android cellular device, and automated the over-the-air updates to tens of thousands of devices.
    • Developed the back-end API and CI/CD for the CollegeBoard's AP student assessment and teacher dashboard system used in high school classrooms across America.
    • Served as the system administrator for a digital animation movie studio.
    • Operated a two-developer Drupal development company that specialized in eCommerce.
    • Leveraged the free GitHub actions platform to eliminate self-hosting pet Jenkins servers when building and deploying AWS microservices.
    Technologies: AWS CloudFormation, Terraform, Android, Docker, Ansible, Kubernetes, Python, Go
  • Senior Systems Engineer

    2010 - PRESENT
    • Migrated two in-house data centers to AWS and Linode cloud providers for significant cost reductions for this global flight-matching system.
    • Introduced Agile methodologies to existing development house. Automated the entire build, validate, and deliver pipeline from scratch.
    • Continuously found and executed cost-saving opportunities as technologies improve for this veteran company for a decade.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linode, Python
  • Software Engineer

    2015 - 2017
    • Contributed as part of the small team that won the CollegeBoard contract to build the AP student assessment application used across American classrooms.
    • Leveraged Amazon SQS to manage two-way database reconciliation on a nightly basis between multiple stakeholders.
    • Automated Blue/Gold production deployments in order to speed up client validation of new features.
    Technologies: AWS CloudFormation, Jenkins, JavaScript, Python
  • System Adminstrator

    2010 - 2012
    LinePlot Production, LLC
    • Acted as the UNIX administrator for a movie studio's in-house render farm.
    • Automated the nightly renderings of terabytes of film data.
    • Implemented the fiber-channel SAN network for artists' digital workstations.
    Technologies: Ansible, Python, Cisco, Dell EMC, Linux
  • UNIX Systems Administrator

    1998 - 2007
    SAIC- Science Applications International Corporation
    • Designed floating datacenters for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Naval Oceanographic, and the Army Corps of Engineers.
    • Traveled most of the major seaports in America to support ongoing data collection operations.
    • Provided tech support for two Rhode Island offices with over 100 employees each.
    Technologies: Red Hat Linux


  • FlightLookup, Inc

    A C/C++ embeddable flight route engine that traverses the graph across multiple carriers' route data up to a year in advance. I transitioned this company from away from manual spreadsheet checklists to cloud-hosted and automated CI/CD pipelines for monthly data processing and weekly mobile app updates.

  • FineTune Learning

    A Python back-end/React.js front-end application that the CollegeBoard uses to administer student and teacher certification assessments across American classrooms. Millions of AP students have used the app, and the back end makes recommendations to teachers based on assessment results.


  • Languages

    Python, JavaScript, PHP 7, Go
  • Tools

    Ansible, SaltStack, AWS CloudFormation, Jenkins, Packer, Terraform, GitLab CI/CD, Dell EMC
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development, Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Integration (CI), REST
  • Platforms

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, Docker, Kubernetes, Android, Linode, Red Hat Linux, ARM Linux, Azure
  • Storage

    MySQL, Elasticsearch, Redis
  • Other

    Backup & Recovery, Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP), Cisco, APIs


  • Associates Degree in Computer Science
    1998 - 2000
    Community College of Rhode Island - Warwick, RI


  • Certified Kubernetes Administrator
    JUNE 2021 - PRESENT
  • SaltStack Certified Engineer
  • RedHat Certified Engineer
    JUNE 2004 - PRESENT
    Red Hat

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