Hugo L. Samayoa, Developer in Long Beach, CA, United States
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Hugo L. Samayoa

Verified Expert  in Engineering

DevOps Engineer and Software Developer

Long Beach, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
February 15, 2019

Hugo has over 20 years of experience working on projects for Google, Etsy, Anthem, McAffee, Facebook, American Express, Symantec, Deutsche Telekom, HBO, Showtime, Marvel Studios, Netflix, and US FedRAMP. He loves automation and working with the latest technologies. DevOps before DevOps is a statement associated with Hugo's career.


Tekno FX Incorporated
Buildkite, CircleCI, Amazon Web Services (AWS), ECS, Flux, Azure, DigitalOcean...
The Weather Group - Main
DevOps, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP)...
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, ELK (Elastic Stack), Windows, Node.js, Java...




Preferred Environment

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Kubernetes, Linux, Terraform

The most amazing...

...experience I've had was working on a project for the Facebook Live launch.

Work Experience

Cloud Engineer (via Toptal)

2019 - PRESENT
Tekno FX Incorporated
  • Helped move a healthcare organization's customer portal from a data center to AWS.
  • Set up a self-healing infrastructure using Terraform across three AWS regions.
  • Led the design of a CI/CD process for a new microservice architecture using the latest Kubernetes technologies.
  • Worked on planning, implementation, and best practices for Google Anthos upgrades for GKE on-prem.
  • Migrated 250 repositories from CircleCI to Buildkite for an American self-driving car company.
  • Migrated from AWS to GCP Terraform. Worked on Google Cloud Foundation presentations with stakeholders and on logging and security architectural planning for an American television provider.
  • Worked on the zero-downtime infrastructure and chaos engineering implementation for one of the largest eCommerce sites.
  • Collaborated directly with AKS engineers to produce a cost-effective Terraform template for Kubernetes deployments in Azure.
  • Worked on a team to provide an Apigee hybrid solution in an on-prem environment using Google Anthos.
Technologies: Buildkite, CircleCI, Amazon Web Services (AWS), ECS, Flux, Azure, DigitalOcean, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), GitLab, Kubernetes, Helm, Terraform, PostgreSQL, CI/CD Pipelines, DevOps, Docker, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Datadog, Amazon EKS, Python, React, GitLab CI/CD, Cloud Security

DevOps Engineer (via Toptal)

2023 - 2024
The Weather Group - Main
  • Managed the entire GCP organization via Terraform. Created automation to build new GCP projects and bootstrap Terraform configurations.
  • Built automation via GCP Cloud Build for all infrastructure as code.
  • Built custom Terraform modules and worked alongside vendors to create custom Terraform providers.
Technologies: DevOps, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Google Cloud Build, GitHub Actions, Terraform, Atlantis, Python, Snyk

Senior Manager – Site Reliability Engineering

2015 - 2019
  • Managed a small, fast-moving team supporting 200+ developers building a web conferencing SaaS platform.
  • Moved existing web conferencing SaaS platform from AppLogic to CI/CD with EC2 and Chef in 2015.
  • Moved web conferencing platform from being managed by Chef to a Docker/Kubernetes solution in 2017.
  • Moved all legacy web conferencing and audio PBX applications to a globally distributed Kubernetes environment in 2018.
  • Participated in an on-call 24x7 rotation for debugging both build pipeline and production infrastructure issues acting as the technical escalation lead.
  • Worked with several globally distributed scrum teams as a technical lead.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, ELK (Elastic Stack), Windows, Node.js, Java, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Linux, Kubernetes, CI/CD Pipelines, DevOps, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Datadog, Amazon EKS, Python, React, GitLab CI/CD, Cloud Security

Cloud Engineering Architect

2011 - 2015
Independent Contractor
  • Helped customers move to cloud-based systems, both private and public cloud.
  • Developed a custom Wowza module for live video streaming.
  • Integrated custom modules for customers.
  • Secured live media solutions for companies like HBO, Netflix, Marvel, Facebook Live, and Showtime.
  • Set up a full CI/CD process using EC2 and Jenkins.
  • Developed a custom Terraform module.
  • Built custom pipelines using Jenkins.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Zabbix, Wowza, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Puppet, Node.js, Elasticsearch, Logstash, Jenkins, Java, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Amazon CloudFront CDN, AWS CloudFormation, Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Integration (CI), Chef, CentOS, Artifactory, CI/CD Pipelines, DevOps, Docker, Datadog, Amazon EKS, Python, React, GitLab CI/CD, Cloud Security

Senior Product Developer

2010 - 2011
  • Built a Symantec Kaseya module -
  • Built an Intel MSP framework -
  • Built other custom Kaseya modules for Xerox, Intel, Heroware, DOCUwise, and Storagecraft.
  • Worked on internal Kaseya modules i.e KPSA, KNM, and Kaseya API.
  • Wrote custom licensing module for clients.
  • Custom Linux and Windows scripting for automation.
Technologies: Node.js, C#, Linux, Windows, AutoIt, Kaseya, CI/CD Pipelines, Python, React

Director of Development

2007 - 2010
  • Managed the implementation of over 250 AD farms including the creation automation, monitoring, and disaster recovery suites to support all clients effectively with only three AD resources.
  • Automated all monitoring, alerting, and exception processes at over 300 client sites from one centralized command console using a combination of SRSS, AutoIT, Powershell, C#, and custom built monitoring systems.
  • Implemented standardized ITIL procedures across the managed services team to the project services team.
  • Integrated Kaseya Management Software, Sonicwall GMS, Plesk, MXLogic SaaS Email, and ShoreTel Phone System to grab up to the minute billable users/host counts for accounting.
  • Wrote custom applications which manage and monitor 250 instances of Exchange across all clients managed by inhouseIT.
Technologies: SRSS Reporting, Windows PowerShell, Cisco, Linux, Windows, C#, AutoIt, Kaseya, Python

VP of Engineering

2006 - 2007
Digital Interactive Systems
  • Oversaw 35 in-house developers responsible for bringing OEM and web applications to market.
  • Managed the development group which integrated a retail game store into over 2 million HP desktop’s and laptop worldwide.
  • Trained the primary C++ developers responsible for automating install packages using Windows low-level mechanisms.
  • Interfaced directly with an outsource team in Romania to facilitate the development of new web application.
Technologies: ASP.NET, Linux, Windows, C++, Python

Research Engineer

2004 - 2006
eEye Digital Security
  • Specialized in UNIX/Cisco Security and Malware.
  • Designed eEye Honeypot to catch MS Windows-based worms using open source tools.
  • Participated in the reverse engineer team for Microsoft's monthly security patches.
  • Developed binary diffing tools.
  • Provided a tier escalation point for unpacking encrypted binaries.
Technologies: Interactive Disassembler (IDA) Pro, OllyDbg, Reverse Engineering, Windows, Linux, Python

Systems Manager, Engineering

2004 - 2004
Unified Worldwide Transport
  • Maintained DNS servers, mail servers, web servers, RADIUS servers, firewall, and VPN connections.
  • Customized and implemented billing software.
  • Customized and implemented support ticketing software.
  • Managed H.323 connections throughout 125 countries.
  • Developed an automated provisioning process.
Technologies: PHP, ASP.NET, C#, Perl, FreeRADIUS, Cisco, Linux

Systems Engineer

2002 - 2004
Esker Software
  • Managed Windows 2000/UNIX network consisting of 20 servers.
  • Maintained DNS servers, mail servers, web servers, firewall, and VPN connections.
  • Managed the corporate LAN consisting of MS Exchange Server and back-office applications that included MS SQL Server and MS SharePoint Servers.
  • Provided part-time development for T1 Fax Board drivers on 14 Unix platforms.
Technologies: C++, BSD, Linux, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows

Systems Engineer

2000 - 2004
TierZero Networks
  • Managed the service provider server farm consisting of 12 Unix servers.
  • Designed, installed, and maintained DNS servers, mail servers, RADIUS servers, and firewalls.
  • Managed the corporate LAN consisting of MS Exchange Server and back-office applications that included MS SQL Server and MS SharePoint Servers.
  • Assisted with network engineering projects. Maintained OSPF network routing and customer VPN tunnels.
Technologies: Cisco, Windows, C#, PHP, Perl, Linux, Unix

Facebook Live Project -
The Annenberg Foundation was asked in early 2016 to be part of the initial Facebook Live launch. As one of the initial 12 partners for the launch, Annenberg reached out for my expertise in building scalable live video streaming applications and infrastructure. With over 125 global live video streams running 24x7, the solution was built out using a micro-service architecture on continuous integration and continuous deployment platform. Since the initial launch, the platform has grown to over 200 live streams spanning four continents built on top of Kubernetes.

Lego World Builder
Lego World Builder lets users propose story worlds, characters, and other ideas by uploading concept art, videos, and descriptions. I led the DevOps initiative from the ground-up and implemented Terraform for infrastructure as code. Kubernetes is running on Amazon EKS and DroneCI was used for CI/CD. I built out the CI/CD pipelines and custom Drone plugins for EKS written in Golang and implemented Prometheus Operator using infrastructure as code for alerting and slack integration. Grafana custom dashboards were also implemented in code. Lastly, I created custom bootstrap scripts for disaster recovery

Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Foundations with Anthos


MARCH 2020 - MARCH 2023

Certified Kubernetes Administrator

Cloud Native Computing Foundation


Certified Scrum Master

Scrum Alliance


Node.js, Jenkins Pipeline, jQuery, React, Selenium Grid, Apigee


GitLab, Jenkins, Bitbucket, GitHub, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), AWS IAM, Amazon CloudFront CDN, Terraform, AWS CloudFormation, Artifactory, NGINX, Grafana, Zabbix, Docker Compose, AWS CLI, Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR), Chef, Jira, Git, Postfix, MongoDB Shell, Wowza, Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Amazon Simple Email Service (SES), Subversion (SVN), TeamCity, Microsoft Visual Studio, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Fluentd, Sumo Logic, Slack, Apache ZooKeeper, AWS Fargate, Ansible, Amazon EKS, GitLab CI/CD, ELK (Elastic Stack), Microsoft Team Foundation Server, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Istio, Logstash, Puppet, OllyDbg, Interactive Disassembler (IDA) Pro, Helm, CircleCI


Angular, Ruby on Rails (RoR), AWS HA, .NET, Serverless Framework, Selenium, CodeIgniter, Express.js, Windows PowerShell, ASP.NET, Flux


Java, PHP, SQL, Bash, Perl, JavaScript, Python, Bash Script, C#, AutoIt, C++, Go


Agile Software Development, Scrum, DevOps, Serverless Architecture, Database Development, Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Integration (CI)


Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Kubernetes, Linux, Windows, Eclipse, PagerDuty, Apache2, Docker, Amazon EC2, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Sysdig, Apache Kafka, AWS Lambda, New Relic, Azure, OpenStack, CentOS, Kaseya, BSD, Unix, DigitalOcean, Buildkite, Drone CI


Amazon S3 (AWS S3), MongoDB, Cassandra, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Amazon DynamoDB, Spring Data MongoDB, MySQL/MariaDB, Datadog, Memcached, Google Cloud, Elasticsearch, Azure Cloud Services, Microsoft SQL Server


Cisco, GitFlow, Content Delivery Networks (CDN), Kubernetes Operations (kOps), Prometheus, VMware ESXi, Scrum Master, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Performance Tuning, Serverless, System Administration, Linux Administration, Code Review, Embedded Software, Architecture, CI/CD Pipelines, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Cloud Security, Anthos, SRSS Reporting, Reverse Engineering, FreeRADIUS, ECS, Google Cloud Build, GitHub Actions, Atlantis, Snyk

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