Erol Kavas, DevOps Engineer and Cloud Infrastructure Developer in Toronto, Canada
Erol Kavas

DevOps Engineer and Cloud Infrastructure Developer in Toronto, Canada

Member since February 17, 2020
Erol is a DevOps professional with proficiency in the optimization of legacy projects, 3-tier web platforms, and an expert in digital transformation and Cloud/container migration. He offers a diverse and eclectic background in system administration, web and mobile development, NOC management, CI/CD, and site reliability. He has developed many implementations for DevOps practices, app modernization, and Cloud migrations.
Erol is now available for hire




Toronto, Canada



Preferred Environment

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure DevOps, Jenkins, AWS, Kubernetes

The most amazing... modernization and Cloud migration project I've converted was a long-running monolithic application to microservices and ran on Kubernetes at the end.


  • Practice Lead DevOps

    2018 - PRESENT
    Microsoft Partners Inc
    • Oversaw the E2E data access layer infrastructure migration to Azure and IaC Azure DevOps pipelines for one of the largest telecommunications companies in Canada.
    • Worked on a multi-region AKS cluster, cloud modernization project, which included a Helm chart, Nginx Ingress, and containerization.
    • Oversaw an AWS migration project of 25 microservices, containerization, and an ECS cluster.
    • Designed a solution in Google Cloud for a client who is migrating all workloads to containers and Google Cloud-native services, such as GKE, Cloud Run, CloudSQL, and BigQuery.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS CloudFormation, ARM, Terraform, Azure DevOps, AWS, Jenkins, Azure, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Kubernetes, Google Cloud
  • Senior DevOps Engineer

    2020 - 2021
    Toptal Client
    • Implemented Terraform and Terraform Cloud for all infrastructure needs.
    • Built a Serverless deployment platform with Python and GitHub Actions.
    • Managed day-to-day operations and incident tracking.
    Technologies: AWS, Terraform, Serverless, Architecture
  • Lead DevOps Engineer

    2017 - 2019
    Nest Wealth Asset Management, Inc.
    • Containerized applications and implemented DevOps pipelines, Terraform IaC, and developer containers.
    • Delivered bi-weekly version releases and daily hotfixes. Released cycles shortened from five hours to ten minutes.
    • Implemented site reliability engineering (SRE) principles and on-call schedules with no outage in two years. Defined SLOs.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Jenkins, Angular, Redshift, Relational Database Services (RDS), Redis, MongoDB, Atlas, Node.js, ECS, Kubernetes, AWS
  • Lead DevOps Engineer

    2017 - 2018
    VM Farms
    • Led day-to-day DevOps team operations, daily stand-ups, client relations, and on-call training for team members.
    • Developed a Puppet, Ansible, and Nagios plugin with 12-factor consulting for client projects.
    • Developed a new cloud infrastructure with Terraform and Python. Led client migration to new cloud providers (AWS, GCP,
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Jenkins, Apache, NGINX, AWS, Memcached, Redis, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Linux, Ansible, Puppet


  • The World's Largest Plumber Services

    The Plumber is the largest provider of plumbing, drain cleaning, and water cleanup services in North America. I was hired to modernize their application and architecture and migrate it to Azure.

    Technologies and tools used: Azure AKS, ELK, Jenkins, ARM Templates, Azure DevOps, Node.js, Angular, Docker, Helm, and GitHub.

  • Microsoft Canada - DevHero Award

    I received the DevHero award from Microsoft Canada for the innovative architecting and migration of six successful projects.

    I completed the following:
    - Azure DevOps migration for a US company.
    - Azure DevOps migration for a Canadian telecommunications company.
    - Azure IAC with ARM templates for a Canadian telecommunications company.
    - Multi-region AKS clusters for a US company.
    - AKS POC for a Canadian bank.
    - Web app migration for a Canadian entertainment company.

  • Canadian Entertainment Company DEV/TEST Migration to Azure

    I architected and implemented a solution for their first migration to Azure. My client was running legacy C# applications and on-premise servers for their production workloads. They wanted to take their first step to migrate to Azure. I have created a solution for them to implement the first DEV/TEST cluster in Azure.

    Technologies we have used included: ARM templates, Azure web app, Azure web app for containers, ACI, Azure SQL, Azure SQL managed instances, and Azure DevOps.

  • Mobile Application CI/CD

    I build a CI/CD pipeline for an ionic-based hybrid mobile application development project. The technologies used included GitLab, Jenkins, SonarQube, Linux Agent for Jenkins, and OSX Agent for Jenkins.

  • Avanti

    Azure SaaS migration implementation of applications. I designed the end-to-end infrastructure and application structure using Application Gateway, Azure Web App Service, Docker, Kubernetes, Azure SQL, a hub and spoke model, and an enterprise subscription model.


  • Languages

    Bash, PHP, C#, Python
  • Tools

    Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Jenkins, NGINX, ELK (Elastic Stack), AWS ECS, Amazon EKS, Terraform, AWS CloudFormation, Puppet, Ansible, Apache, Google Compute Engine (GCE), Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Azure App Service
  • Paradigms

    DevOps, Agile, Azure DevOps
  • Platforms

    Kubernetes, Azure, Linux, Sensu, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon Alexa, iOS, Android, Azure Functions
  • Storage

    MySQL, PostgreSQL, Memcached, Redis, MongoDB, Redshift, Azure SQL, Azure Cosmos DB, Google Cloud
  • Other

    Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Cloud Infrastructure, Prometheus, Atlas, AWS, ARM, ECS, Relational Database Services (RDS), AWS DevOps, Cloud Security, Serverless, Architecture, Azure WebJobs
  • Frameworks

  • Libraries/APIs

  • Industry Expertise



  • Ph.D. in Sociology
    2004 - 2008
    Marmara University - Turkey
  • Master of Science Degree in Management Information Systems
    2002 - 2003
    Yeditepe University - Turkey
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics
    1999 - 2003
    Istanbul University - Turkey


  • Amazon Certified Alexa Skill Builder — Specialty
    MARCH 2021 - MARCH 2024
    Amazon Web Services
  • AWS Certified Database — Specialty
    MARCH 2021 - MARCH 2024
    Amazon Web Services
  • AWS Certified Developer Associate
    MARCH 2021 - MARCH 2024
    Amazon Web Services
  • AWS Certified Security – Specialty
    FEBRUARY 2021 - FEBRUARY 2024
    Amazon Web Services
  • AWS Solution Architect — Professional
    DECEMBER 2020 - DECEMBER 2023
    Amazon Web Services
  • Azure Database Administrator Associate
  • Professional Cloud Architect
    MAY 2020 - MAY 2022
    Google Cloud
  • Associate Cloud Engineer
    MAY 2020 - MAY 2022
    Google Cloud
  • Google Cloud Associate Cloud Engineer
    MAY 2020 - MAY 2022
  • AWS Certified Advanced Networking - Specialty
    APRIL 2020 - APRIL 2023
  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional
    APRIL 2020 - APRIL 2023
  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate
    APRIL 2020 - APRIL 2023
  • CKA
    MARCH 2020 - MARCH 2023
    Cloud Native Computing Foundation
  • Azure Security Engineer Associate
    MARCH 2020 - MARCH 2022
  • Azure Solution Architect Expert
    MARCH 2020 - MARCH 2022
  • Azure DevOps Engineer Expert
    MARCH 2020 - MARCH 2022
  • MCT
  • CKAD
    JANUARY 2020 - JANUARY 2023
    Cloud Native Computing Foundation
  • AWS Solution Architect
    DECEMBER 2019 - DECEMBER 2022
  • AWS Cloud Practioner
    NOVEMBER 2019 - NOVEMBER 2022
  • Azure Administrator Associate
    NOVEMBER 2019 - NOVEMBER 2021
  • Azure Fundamentals

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