James Wu, DevOps Developer in Baltimore, MD, United States
James Wu

DevOps Developer in Baltimore, MD, United States

Member since February 4, 2022
James is an automation expert specializing in containerization, GitOps, release automation (CI/CD), and IaC. He consistently delivers efficient solutions to the most challenging technical problems, leveraging his comprehensive knowledge of both software and infrastructure systems. James currently embeds with teams responsible for operating the James Webb Space Telescope as a principal technologist to consult on DevOps best practices.
James is now available for hire


  • STScI
    GitLab CI/CD, Kubernetes, Docker, DevOps, Amazon Web Services (AWS)...
  • Leidos
    Windows PowerShell, GitLab, GitLab CI/CD, VMware vSphere, GitOps...
  • Exit Mortgage, LLC
    Python, IT Networking, Desktop Support, IT Administration, Automation



Baltimore, MD, United States



Preferred Environment

Kubernetes, Docker, GitLab CI/CD, DevOps, GitOps, VMware vSphere, Open Source, Automation, Cloud, Helm, Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Integration (CI)

The most amazing...

...achievement I've accomplished was designing, implementing, and evangelizing a CI/CD system able of reconciling unique requirements across thousands of projects.


  • Principal Technologist

    2019 - PRESENT
    • Architected and delivered automated end-to-end Kubernetes cluster provisioning and management strategy using Rancher in a vSphere environment.
    • Designed, implemented, and evangelized a standardized CI/CD toolchain with GitLab CI to support unique requirements from thousands of projects with hundreds of contributors.
    • Created services from FOSS projects on Kubernetes, including but not limited to MINIO, PostgreSQL, JupyterHub, and APM stacks using Prometheus and Grafana, and log aggregation and ingestion using Fluentd and Splunk.
    • Operated as a liaison between software engineering and infrastructure business units within the organization. Advocated for developers’ needs while communicating logistical and technical considerations from an operations perspective.
    • Embedded with dozens of software engineering teams to optimize application architectures and development workflows.
    • Automated recurring responsibilities using ChatOps and GitOps frameworks like data synchronization for GitHub users, backups, machine image builds, and more.
    • Architected and led the project to introduce Ubuntu into the environment while modernizing and automating infrastructure provisioning practices.
    • Delivered a secure, autoscaling, accessible, and conformant solution for container development environments with GitPod on Kubernetes to meet mission-critical requirements.
    Technologies: GitLab CI/CD, Kubernetes, Docker, DevOps, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker Compose, CI/CD Pipelines, Packer, Helm, Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Integration (CI), Jira, VMware vSphere, Automation, Open Source
  • DevOps Engineer

    2017 - 2019
    • Produced PowerShell scripts to automate common administration tasks, orchestrate bulk behavior, and query for information in AD, vCenter, IPAM, and ITSM.
    • Maintained automated build scripts and supported administrator consumption for virtual Windows 2008, 2012, and 2016 servers.
    • Provided code review and suggested best practices to team members as secondary automation SMEs.
    • Developed new processes and tools and pioneered their integration through pilot projects to demonstrate feasibility in expanding capability or improving performance in existing workflows.
    • Built domain knowledge expertise in public cloud architecture and best practices.
    Technologies: Windows PowerShell, GitLab, GitLab CI/CD, VMware vSphere, GitOps, IT Automation, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), DevOps, CI/CD Pipelines, Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Integration (CI), Jira, Automation, Open Source
  • IT Administrator

    2015 - 2017
    Exit Mortgage, LLC
    • Developed Python scripts to automate marketing, operational, and administrative processes.
    • Formulated and documented best practices for user training in all processes involving technology.
    • Oversaw acquisition, deployment, configuration, and maintenance of technology assets such as routers, switches, network printers, and personal computers.
    Technologies: Python, IT Networking, Desktop Support, IT Administration, Automation


  • IaC Provisioning for Rancher in a vSphere Data Center

    A Terraform plan leveraging multiple providers to deploy Rancher on vSphere infrastructure using RHEL VMs. The project automates the following processes:
    1. Deploys and configures the virtual machines into a Kubernetes cluster
    2. Installs the Rancher application
    3. Interacts with the application to configure required settings
    4. Creates downstream application-managed Kubernetes clusters as needed
    5. Installs required software such as APM dashboards, CSI integrations, and more on downstream clusters

    I was responsible for architecting the system, implementing the technical deliverables, coordinating resources from other teams, and socializing the concepts to management and engineering staff after production roll-out. It is a foundational component for many other projects requiring Kubernetes within my team.


  • Frameworks

    Windows PowerShell
  • Tools

    GitLab CI/CD, VMware vSphere, GitLab, Docker Compose, Helm, Jira, GitHub, Terraform, Grafana, Packer
  • Paradigms

    DevOps, Automation, Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Integration (CI), Web Architecture
  • Platforms

    Kubernetes, Docker, Windows Server, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Rancher, Linux RHEL/CentOS, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Other

    GitOps, CI/CD Pipelines, Open Source, Cloud, Active Directory Programming, MinIO, Prometheus, IT Automation, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), IT Networking, Desktop Support, IT Administration
  • Languages

    Python, Java

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