George Kobiashvili, Developer in Tbilisi, Georgia
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George Kobiashvili

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Cloud Developer

Location
Tbilisi, Georgia
Toptal Member Since
September 4, 2019

George is a seasoned systems engineer with great breadth and depth knowledge of building and automating complex systems. As an early adopter of cloud technology, he led a team to design and build an on-premise cloud. His 12 years of teaching developed the skill of coaching and communicating complex concepts. George is fluent in C, Go, and Python languages, with a keen interest in data science and AI, focused on delivering the highest quality results. He is eager to work with complex problems.

Portfolio

Swiss Re
Terraform, Azure, Azure DevOps, Alibaba Cloud, Cloudflare, TypeScript, Bash
PepsiCo Global - PepsiCo IT Services
Ansible, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Azure, CI/CD Pipelines, Azure DevOps...
Mirion Technologies
Kubernetes, Ansible, GitHub, CI/CD Pipelines, Docker, Prometheus, Grafana...

Experience

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Git, C, Python, Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Go, Azure, Terraform

The most amazing...

...project I've built from scratch is a data center that uses open-source systems: Linux, OpenStack, Kubernetes, Docker, and CEPH software-defined storage.

Work Experience

Senior Cloud Architect

2023 - PRESENT
Swiss Re
  • Designed and implemented resilient solutions on Alibaba Cloud using Terraform, TypeScript, and Bash scripting. Orchestrated efficient deployment pipelines with Azure DevOps, ensuring seamless CI/CD workflows.
  • Integrated Cloudflare services for enhanced security, performance, and scalability across cloud environments. Led cloud migration initiatives, optimizing resource utilization and cost management strategies.
  • Provided strategic guidance and technical mentorship to drive innovation and best practices. Collaborated closely with stakeholders to architect and deploy scalable, secure, and highly available solutions.
Technologies: Terraform, Azure, Azure DevOps, Alibaba Cloud, Cloudflare, TypeScript, Bash

Ansible IaC Developer with Azure experience for World Leading Consumer Food Company

2023 - 2024
PepsiCo Global - PepsiCo IT Services
  • Designed and developed Ansible roles, playbooks, PowerShell scripts for infrastructure automation.
  • Utilized Ansible Automation Platform for multi-region cloud automation and CI/CD environments.
  • Contributed significantly to infrastructure modernization and standardization initiatives spanning multiple regions.
Technologies: Ansible, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Azure, CI/CD Pipelines, Azure DevOps, DevOps, Terraform, Windows PowerShell, Venafi Trust Protection Platform

DevOps Expert

2020 - 2023
Mirion Technologies
  • Built a highly available, scalable Kubernetes cluster using AWS EKS, CloudFormation, Ansible, and GitHub Actions.
  • Integrated monitoring and observability tools, including Datadog, AWS CloudWatch, Prometheus, and Grafana.
  • Developed CI/CD pipelines using GitHub Actions to automate the delivery infrastructure and application updates.
  • Designed and implemented complex automation workflows using Python and Bash scripting.
  • Created Terraform modules for infrastructure and workload deployment on Azure.
  • Leveraged Ansible to automate AWS infrastructure deployment and management, handling services like VPC, EC2, EKS, S3, DynamoDB, RDS, etc., Using YAML scripts, python, and bash.
  • Ensured IaC best practices dealt with edge cases in Kubernetes clusters with Linux and Windows nodes. Integrated Ansible playbooks with CI/CD pipelines for efficient deployments.
Technologies: Kubernetes, Ansible, GitHub, CI/CD Pipelines, Docker, Prometheus, Grafana, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), AWS CloudFormation, Amazon EKS, DevOps, GitOps, Flux, Helm, AWS Lambda, Datadog, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Continuous Integration (CI), Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Cloud Architecture, Azure, Azure DevOps, SQL, Bash, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Agile Software Development, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, Terraform, Python, Relational Databases, Systems Monitoring, Unix Shell Scripting, Site Reliability, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), System Programming, Cron, Linux API, Continuous Deployment, NGINX, REST, RabbitMQ

Digital Products Director

2020 - 2021
RedBerry
  • Built a recruitment pipeline. Attracted top-qualified talent and increased development capacity and output.
  • Optimized the project management and software development process.
  • Actively engaged with customers to guide their business through digital transformation.
  • Grew the business in the international market.
  • Built the DevOps team, providing managed DevOps using AWS/GCP, Docker/Kubernetes, and Terraform.
Technologies: Leadership, Project Management, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Node.js, PHP, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Continuous Integration (CI), Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Cloud Architecture, DevOps, Terraform, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), CI/CD Pipelines, Docker, Kubernetes, Ansible, SQL, Bash, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Agile Software Development, Azure, Relational Databases, Systems Monitoring, Unix Shell Scripting, Site Reliability, Cron, Continuous Deployment, NGINX, REST

Machine Learning Engineer

2019 - 2020
Open Water Development dba Speakeasy AI
  • Upgraded the project to the latest DeepSpeech release. Increased STT accuracy.
  • Designed and upgraded the project for scale-out architecture and decreased response latency. Increased runtime stability.
  • Migrated the monolithic system to a microservices architecture using Docker and Kubernetes on GKE.
  • Added API calls from granular management of infrastructure and service.
Technologies: Celery, MongoDB, Flask, TensorFlow, DeepSpeech, OpenAPI, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Kubernetes, Docker, Continuous Integration (CI), Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Cloud Architecture, DevOps, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), CI/CD Pipelines, SQL, Google Compute Engine (GCE), Data Science, Bash, Keras, OpenCV, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Agile Software Development, NumPy, Azure, Terraform, Python, Relational Databases, Systems Monitoring, Unix Shell Scripting, Site Reliability, System Programming, Cron, Continuous Deployment, Elasticsearch, NGINX, REST

Lecturer

2013 - 2020
Free University of Tbilisi
  • Taught an operating systems engineering course, OS kernel, and system programming using C, Pintos, Linux, and fuse.
  • Conducted a computer networking course. Built crucial internet protocol implementations HTTP, DNS, BitTorrent, and HTTP/SOCKS proxy.
  • Served as a teaching assistant in machine learning and computer vision courses.
  • Assessed students' homework projects and exams and provided them feedback to excel in learning.
  • Held seminars and practical workshops to demonstrate state-of-the-art approaches to diverse, challenging technical problems.
Technologies: Linux, Socket Programming, Kernel, C, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Java, DevOps, Terraform, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), CI/CD Pipelines, Docker, Kubernetes, Ansible, Amazon Web Services (AWS), SQL, Google Compute Engine (GCE), Scikit-learn, Pandas, Data Science, Bash, Apache2, Keras, Go, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Apache Tomcat, Agile Software Development, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, NumPy, Azure, Python, Relational Databases, Unix Shell Scripting, Cron, Continuous Deployment, Concurrent Programming, NGINX, KVM/Qemu, REST, Network Programming

Lead Software Engineer

2018 - 2019
AnsiBlock
  • Developed a core system for a high-performance blockchain platform.
  • Ported a digital signatures' checking algorithm to GPU/CUDA for parallel execution.
  • Actively evolved in planning the solution architecture.
  • Built and maintained a test network infrastructure in GCP using Kubernetes and Terraform.
  • Built a trading algorithm using ML/RL as an offspring project.
  • Developed a cluster monitoring using Prometheus and Grafana.
Technologies: Reinforcement Learning, Machine Learning, Google Compute Engine (GCE), NVIDIA CUDA, Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), C++, C, Blockchain, Kubernetes, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Terraform, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Continuous Integration (CI), Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Cloud Architecture, DevOps, CI/CD Pipelines, Docker, Ansible, SQL, Bash, Apache2, Go, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Agile Software Development, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, Python, Relational Databases, Systems Monitoring, Unix Shell Scripting, Site Reliability, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), System Programming, Cron, Linux API, Continuous Deployment, SaltStack, Concurrent Programming, Elasticsearch, NGINX, REST, Network Programming

Technology Consultant

2017 - 2018
Aldagi
  • Researched the company's state and helped build a strategy for technical development.
  • Recruited AI/ML, DevOps, and software engineering talent to fulfill tech needs.
  • Explored AI/ML state-of-the-art technologies for ongoing business needs. Helped with solution architectures.
Technologies: Linux, Generative Pre-trained Transformers (GPT), Natural Language Processing (NLP), Continuous Integration (CI), Infrastructure as Code (IaC), DevOps, CI/CD Pipelines, Docker, SQL, Bash, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Agile Software Development, PostgreSQL, Azure, Python, Relational Databases, Systems Monitoring, Unix Shell Scripting, Site Reliability, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), System Programming, Cron, Linux API, Continuous Deployment, SaltStack, Concurrent Programming, Elasticsearch, NGINX, REST

Head of IT Infrastructure Management and Development Division

2010 - 2017
National Agency of Public Registry
  • Headed IT infrastructure development for high availability, performance, and low TCO.
  • Managed IT infrastructure projects and annual budget planning.
  • Researched new, innovative technologies and solutions.
  • Spearheaded an infrastructure team of ten highly qualified tech staff to plan and construct a new data center.
  • Led the team to plan and build open-source virtualization and software-defined storage running on multi-data center Linux clusters.
  • Created the solution architecture for custom-made object storage with improved access control and auditing.
  • Developed the solution architecture to secure land titles on the bitcoin blockchain.
  • Coached developer teams to better-fit business solutions to technological challenges.
Technologies: DevOps, Blockchain, Storage, OpenStack, Cloud, Leadership, Project Management, GitLab CI/CD, Continuous Integration (CI), Puppet, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), CI/CD Pipelines, Kubernetes, Ansible, Amazon Web Services (AWS), SQL, Bash, Apache2, Docker, Apache Tomcat, Jenkins, Agile Software Development, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, Azure, Python, Relational Databases, OpenStack Swift, Systems Monitoring, Unix Shell Scripting, Site Reliability, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), System Programming, Cron, Linux API, Continuous Deployment, SaltStack, Concurrent Programming, Elasticsearch, NGINX, KVM/Qemu, Puppetlabs, REST, RabbitMQ, Network Programming

Systems Administrator

2006 - 2010
Georgian Research and Educational Networking Association
  • Provided web and mail hosting to educational organizations, including more than 2,300 Georgian schools.
  • Secured data and services and monitored servers and network devices.
  • Planned, built, and maintained web traffic filters for 2,300 Georgian schools.
  • Managed grid computing See-Grid-Sci site installation, maintenance, and monitoring.
  • Established the first Linux Professional Institute academy in Georgia.
  • Taught Cisco CCNA and Linux LPIC-1 courses at a local academy.
Technologies: Postfix, Apache, MySQL, Perl, Networking, Virtualization, Linux, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), DevOps, SQL, Bash, Apache2, PostgreSQL, Relational Databases, Systems Monitoring, Unix Shell Scripting, Site Reliability, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), System Programming, Cron, Linux API, Continuous Deployment, NGINX, KVM/Qemu, Puppetlabs

Trading Model with Reinforcement Learning

While working with a crypto startup as a research hobby project, I analyzed the market and built a trading algorithm using reinforcement learning.

The RL model is remarkable for its ability to adjust changes automatically.

Secure Land Titles on the Bitcoin Blockchain

In 2016 the National Agency of Public Registry of Georgia became the first governmental organization in the world to integrate blockchain technology in the mainline business process to secure land titles on Bitcoin blockchain.

As a technology solution architect, I was responsible for planning the solution, leading the development, and integrating it with the existing production systems.

Ansible IaC Developer for Azure

I contributed to six regional cloud platforms built using Ansible and Terraform on Azure. Automated private link deployments to streamline networking deployment, secure the traffic, and lower the transfer costs.
2017 - 2019

Master's Degree in Artificial Intelligence

Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, Georgia, United States

2012 - 2014

Master's Degree in Software Engineering

Ilia State University - Tbilisi, Georgia

OCTOBER 2012 - OCTOBER 2017

LPIC-2

Linux Professional Institute

OCTOBER 2011 - OCTOBER 2015

GIAC Security Essentials - GSEC

Global Information Assurance Certification

JULY 2009 - OCTOBER 2017

LPIC-1

Linux Professional Institute

JULY 2006 - JULY 2009

Cisco Certified Network Associate

Cisco

Libraries/APIs

Linux API, Scikit-learn, Pandas, Matplotlib, Keras, TensorFlow, OpenCV, NumPy, OpenAPI, DeepSpeech, Node.js, Puppetlabs, Requests, libvirt, SciPy, Flask-RESTful, Jenkins Pipeline

Tools

Ansible, Terraform, Google Compute Engine (GCE), Apache Airflow, Helm, Grafana, Cron, RabbitMQ, Apache Tomcat, SaltStack, GitLab CI/CD, Jenkins, KVM/Qemu, GitHub, Git, Docker Compose, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Puppet, AWS CodeDeploy, Apache, Postfix, Seaborn, NGINX, Vim Text Editor, Vagrant, Subversion (SVN), Nagios, Zabbix, Checkmk, Celery, CircleCI, GitLab, Jira, AWS CloudFormation, Amazon EKS, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

Languages

Go, SQL, Python, C, Bash, Perl, C++, PHP, Java, TypeScript

Paradigms

REST, DevOps, Continuous Deployment, Agile Software Development, Concurrent Programming, Data Science, Socket Programming, Management, Continuous Integration (CI), Azure DevOps, Functional Programming, Imperative Programming, Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Continuous Delivery (CD)

Platforms

Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, Docker, Kubernetes, Azure, OpenStack, Apache2, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Blockchain, Jupyter Notebook, NVIDIA CUDA, Kernel, Google Cloud Engine, AWS Lambda

Industry Expertise

Project Management

Storage

Relational Databases, Elasticsearch, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, Memcached, Ceph, MongoDB, Datadog, Alibaba Cloud

Frameworks

Flask, Google Protocol Buffer, AWS HA, Django, Flux, Windows PowerShell

Other

Site Reliability, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Unix Shell Scripting, Systems Monitoring, Distributed Systems, System Programming, CI/CD Pipelines, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Cloud Architecture, Prometheus, Network Programming, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Deep Learning, Virtualization Technology, Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), Leadership, Cloud, Storage, Virtualization, Networking, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Data Analytics, OpenStack Swift, HAProxy, LXC, Reinforcement Learning, Computer Vision, Big Data, Agile Data Science, Regular Expressions, Data Structures, Transport Layer Security (TLS), Cryptography, University Teaching, Coaching, Containers, Containerization, Linux IPC, GitOps, Software Engineering, Generative Pre-trained Transformers (GPT), High-load, High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR), Information Security, System Administration, Cisco Networking, Linux Network Stack, IT Project Management, Venafi Trust Protection Platform, Cloudflare

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