Garland Kan, DevOps Engineer and Developer in San Francisco, CA, United States
Garland Kan

DevOps Engineer and Developer in San Francisco, CA, United States

Member since May 4, 2020
Garland is a DevOps software engineer and consultant that helps small to medium-sized startups run large-scale, reliable applications. For over the past five years, he’s worked with many development teams to architect, design, build, optimize, and operate the infrastructure in the cloud (AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure).
Garland is now available for hire

Portfolio

  • Anthem
    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cloud Security, Spire, SPIFFE, Zero Trust, AWS S3...
  • SaturnCloud
    Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Transit Gateway, HIPAA Compliance...
  • Expanse
    Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Transit Gateway, HIPAA Compliance...

Experience

Location

San Francisco, CA, United States

Availability

Full-time

Preferred Environment

Command-line Interface (CLI), Go, Kubernetes

The most amazing...

...project I have created is an easy way to run Kubernetes services.

Employment

  • DevOps Engineer

    2020 - PRESENT
    Anthem
    • Leading the technical implementation of the zero trust architecture with SPIFFE/SPIRE.
    • Built a complete replica of the application which composes of more than ten microservices in a KinD Kubernetes cluster for local development and CI usage.
    • Led the efforts on the technical security review for this new application.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cloud Security, Spire, SPIFFE, Zero Trust, AWS S3, Amazon EKS, AWS, Kubernetes
  • DevOps Engineer

    2020 - 2020
    SaturnCloud
    • Performed a security audit of their AWS environments (more than ten AWS accounts).
    • Produced a list of recommendations on how to secure down or select a more secure default.
    • Walked the team through the recommendations and the thought process behind each item.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Transit Gateway, HIPAA Compliance, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Secure Containers, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Docker, AWS S3, Terraform, Flow, AWS
  • DevOps Engineer

    2018 - 2020
    Expanse
    • Implemented zero-trust computing concepts for various internal web application proofs of concept (POC) and rolled this out into production for all users of the company.
    • Played a leading role in building their Kubernetes platform in AWS and GCP environments. A full GitOps workflow for all applications running on it.
    • Worked with five development teams in a 6-month period to onboard them to the Kubernetes platform including instruction with the result that they were self-sufficient to run the additional Kubernetes and 24/7 operations on their services.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Transit Gateway, HIPAA Compliance, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Secure Containers, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Docker, AWS S3, AWS, Terraform, Kubernetes
  • DevOps Engineer

    2017 - 2020
    HealthTap
    • Designed their next-generation application infrastructure based on infrastructure as code and Kubernetes.
    • Worked with the product management, DevOps, and the development teams on the migration plan from their old infrastructure to the new one.
    • Wrote, as an individual contributor, 75% of the code that was needed for the new infrastructure and migration.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Transit Gateway, HIPAA Compliance, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Secure Containers, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Docker, AWS S3, Go, Python, Terraform, AWS, Kubernetes
  • Cloud Infrastructure/Kubernetes Consultant

    2018 - 2019
    Leanplum
    • Worked with the client to architect and implement a plan that moved them from the Google App Engine to a GKE environment.
    • Worked with all teams from DevOps, engineering, to data science on how each will construct their application and migrate live traffic to the new platform.
    • Educated the entire company on best practices on how to use the cloud and Kubernetes.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Transit Gateway, HIPAA Compliance, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Secure Containers, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Docker, AWS S3, Go, AWS, Kubernetes
  • Infrastructure/Kubernetes Consultant

    2017 - 2018
    Lucidworks
    • Collaboratively worked with LucidWorks’ management and development teams to map out the problem, establish what success would look like, and to ultimately build the best solution to achieve that end result.
    • Answered key questions about how to build the infrastructure about whether to go with a configuration management tool such as Chef, Puppet, or Ansible and whether to use CloudFormation or Terraform to build the infrastructure,.
    • Helped LucidWorks decide upon a critical issue of building an infrastructure model with a configuration management base or with Kubernetes.
    • Persuaded Lucidworks that containers and Kubernetes are a better way of creating and managing infrastructure (which the passage of time has proved out) and also guided Lucidworks to build a highly scalable infrastructure on AWS.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), HIPAA Compliance, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Secure Containers, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Docker, AWS S3, Apache ZooKeeper, Go, Python, Terraform, Relational Database Services (RDS), AWS, Kubernetes
  • Infrastructure/Kubernetes Consultant

    2015 - 2017
    Guardant Health
    • Designed and implemented a plan to run their on-premise gnome-sequencing pipeline to the cloud.
    • Designed and implemented a Kubernetes infrastructure in AWS to run all of their web applications.
    • Played a lead role in their HIPAA-compliance program.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), HIPAA Compliance, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Secure Containers, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Docker, AWS S3, Data Migration, Jenkins, Python, Go, On-premise, AWS, Kubernetes

Experience

  • Online Mobile Ordering
    https://managedkube.com/case-studies

    The Company: Tillster creates online and mobile ordering systems for companies such as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Jollibee. They are responsible for these companies’ back end infrastructure, which often interfaced with local stores to get their menu and pricing. These systems also processed credit cards which means they are subject to PCI level 2 compliance.

    The Problem: Tillster needed help in transforming their development workflow and systems. Deployment of new code was time-consuming, involved many people, and was typically performed during off-hours, which the team disliked. Plus, their infrastructure was hard to maintain.

    You can see the full text in the product URL.

Skills

  • Tools

    Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Amazon EKS, Terraform, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), GoLand, 9-patch, Jenkins, Flow, Apache ZooKeeper
  • Platforms

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kubernetes, Docker, Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • Storage

    AWS S3, On-premise
  • Other

    Kubernetes Operations (Kops), Secure Containers, AWS, PCI DSS, Command-line Interface (CLI), Data Migration, AWS Transit Gateway, Relational Database Services (RDS), Zero Trust, SPIFFE, Spire, Cloud Security
  • Paradigms

    HIPAA Compliance
  • Languages

    Python, Go
  • Frameworks

    Django, Zend Engine
  • Libraries/APIs

    Node.js

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications
    1998 - 2001
    DeVry Institute of Technology - Fremont, CA, USA

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