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

Cloud Infrastructure and DevOps Developer in Toronto, ON, Canada

Member since January 28, 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

Portfolio

Experience

  • Nginx 7 years
  • Jenkins 7 years
  • Infrastructure as Code (IaC) 5 years
  • Cloud Infrastructure 5 years
  • Kubernetes 5 years
  • Azure 3 years
  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) 3 years
  • Terraform 3 years

Location

Toronto, ON, Canada

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

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

The most amazing...

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

Employment

  • 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
  • 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, Cloud.ca).
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Jenkins, Apache, Nginx, AWS, Memcached, Redis, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Linux, Ansible, Puppet

Experience

  • The World's Largest Plumber Services (Development)

    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 (Other amazing things)

    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 (Development)

    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 (Development)

    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.

Skills

  • 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)
  • Paradigms

    DevOps, Agile, Azure DevOps
  • Platforms

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

    Angular
  • Libraries/APIs

    Node.js
  • Industry Expertise

    Security

Education

  • 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

Certifications

  • 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
    SEPTEMBER 2020 - SEPTEMBER 2023
    Microsoft
  • 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
    Google
  • AWS Certified Advanced Networking - Specialty
    APRIL 2020 - APRIL 2023
    AWS
  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional
    APRIL 2020 - APRIL 2023
    AWS
  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate
    APRIL 2020 - APRIL 2023
    AWS
  • CKA
    MARCH 2020 - MARCH 2023
    Cloud Native Computing Foundation
  • Azure Security Engineer Associate
    MARCH 2020 - MARCH 2022
    Microsoft
  • Azure Solution Architect Expert
    MARCH 2020 - MARCH 2022
    Microsoft
  • Azure DevOps Engineer Expert
    MARCH 2020 - MARCH 2022
    Microsoft
  • MCT
    FEBRUARY 2020 - PRESENT
    Microsoft
  • CKAD
    JANUARY 2020 - JANUARY 2023
    Cloud Native Computing Foundation
  • AWS Solution Architect
    DECEMBER 2019 - DECEMBER 2022
    AWS
  • AWS Cloud Practioner
    NOVEMBER 2019 - NOVEMBER 2022
    AWS
  • Azure Administrator Associate
    NOVEMBER 2019 - NOVEMBER 2021
    Microsoft
  • Azure Fundamentals
    AUGUST 2019 - PRESENT
    Microsoft

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