Dan Popescu, Developer in Bucharest, Romania
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Dan Popescu

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Networking Developer

Bucharest, Romania
Toptal Member Since
December 14, 2020

Dan is a site reliability engineer with experience in large-scale distributed systems focused on automation and systems architecture. He was involved in all aspects of projects, including architecture design, configuration, monitoring, troubleshooting, and features development. He has experience with container and VM ecosystems in both on-premise and public cloud infrastructures. Dan is also experienced with hybrid infrastructures with both Windows and Linux-based environments.


Amazon Web Services (AWS), Spinnaker, Cassandra, Ansible, Puppet, Go...
Docker, Terraform, Python, Linux, OpenShift
Ansible, SaltStack, VMware, NoSQL, Chef, Python, Linux




Preferred Environment

Amazon Web Services (AWS), SQL, Terraform, NoSQL, Networking, Go, Spinnaker, Kubernetes, Python, Linux

The most amazing...

...infrastructure I've managed had thousands of instances. I was also the first to adopt Spinnaker at Adobe, managing 20 teams and 100 Kubernetes clusters.

Work Experience

Site Reliability Engineer

2017 - PRESENT
  • Transitioned a large-scale infrastructure (10,000 instances) to immutable deployments.
  • Created tooling to manage a large number of Kubernetes clusters.
  • Managed more than 100 Kubernetes clusters for more than 20 teams.
  • Spoke at multiple international conferences regarding the progress we've made adopting Spinnaker within Adobe.
  • Open-sourced multiple tools that were used to manage Kubernetes clusters.
  • Maintained, optimized, configured, and monitored a very large infrastructure that spanned multiple geographical regions.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Spinnaker, Cassandra, Ansible, Puppet, Go, Prometheus, Terraform, Python, Kubernetes

DevOps Engineer

2016 - 2017
  • Built an Openshift ecosystem used by internal teams.
  • Created the monitoring solution based on Sensu and created all the necessary alerting.
  • Migrated to an IaaC approach in which the infrastructure is deployed automatically.
Technologies: Docker, Terraform, Python, Linux, OpenShift

Linux Systems Administrator

2015 - 2016
  • Traveled to Sweden to support the creation of the infrastructure for The Division game.
  • Maintained the games that were managed by the online operations team.
  • Contributed to the configuration management platform based on Chef, and enhanced the monitoring infrastructure based on Zabbix.
  • Responded to day-to-day tickets on a large variety of technologies.
  • Supported all of the Linux-based infrastructure parts of the online operations team.
Technologies: Ansible, SaltStack, VMware, NoSQL, Chef, Python, Linux

Microsoft Systems Administrator

2012 - 2015
  • Dispatched to France to build the infrastructure needed for The Crew game. Traveled all over the world to present The Crew to multiple international gaming conferences.
  • Supported all the Windows-based infrastructure part of the online operations team.
  • Responded to all of the day-to-day tickets for a large number of games and technologies.
Technologies: Azure Active Directory, Windows PowerShell, VMware, Zabbix, Chef, Windows Server

Migrating a Large Scale Infrastructure to Immutable Deployments Using Spinnaker

A project in which we've migrated a large scale infrastructure that was using a more traditional way of performing deployments using Puppet and Terraform to immutable deployments with Spinnaker using pre-baked AMIs.

Managing Hundreds of Kubernetes Clusters Using Kompos, an Open-source Project

Kompos is a configuration driven tool for provisioning and managing Kubernetes infrastructure across AWS and Azure. It uses a hierarchical folder structure and YAML files to store and generate configurations, with pluggable compositions that encapsulate the infrastructure code and state. Terraform and Helmfile are supported as provisioners.
2015 - 2017

Master's Degree in Computer Science

Academia de Studii Economice din București - Bucharest, Romania

2007 - 2011

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

Universitatea Transilvania din Brașov - Brasov, Romania

2003 - 2007

Romanian Baccalaureate in Informatics and Applied Mathematics

"Grigore Moisil" National College of Informatics - Brasov, Romania


LPIC-1 Certified Linux Administrator

Linux Professional Institute


CompTIA Linux+ (Powered by LPI)



Red Hat Certified System Administrator

Red Hat

APRIL 2013 - APRIL 2016

Cisco Certified Network Associate 640-802



Puppet, Ansible, Terraform, Packer, Helm, Helmfile, Chef, VMware, SaltStack, Zabbix


Linux, Spinnaker, Docker, Kubernetes, Windows Server, Amazon Web Services (AWS), OpenShift, Azure


Windows PowerShell


Python, Go, SQL


NoSQL, Cassandra, Azure Active Directory

Industry Expertise



Networking, Programming, Computer Science, Prometheus

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