Jonathan Bethune, Cloud Architect Developer in Dallas, United States
Jonathan Bethune

Cloud Architect Developer in Dallas, United States

Member since March 9, 2018
Jonathan is a seasoned cloud architect and DevOps specialist based in Tokyo and New York who's worked for several startups, building their infrastructures and improving security. He's exceptionally knowledgeable about machine learning, data analysis, and data layer optimization. One of his best qualities is his knack for quickly learning new things, which explains his passion for infrastructure continuously evolving.
Jonathan is now available for hire




Dallas, United States



Preferred Environment

Java, IntelliJ, Python, Git, Linux

The most amazing...

...thing I've done was to automate the software environment (creation/deletion) for a company that saved tens of thousands of dollars—simple but satisfying work.


  • Director of Education and Training

    2019 - PRESENT
    Toyota Research Institute Advanced Development
    • Ran dozens of classes on agile development, leadership, and scrum. Ensured several hundred untrained Japanese developers were capable of developing software in a fast-paced scrum-style environment.
    • Designed multiple educational programs for hundreds of Toyota staff. These included online English courses, self-paced programming classes, and soft skills courses in management and agile development.
    • Served as product owner for TRI-AD "Dojo," an education startup within the Toyota group responsible for working with various external partners to deliver modern software development training to Japanese clients within and outside of the Toyota group.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cassandra, Redis, C, Java, Ruby, AWS, Git, Python
  • Senior Consultant

    2018 - PRESENT
    • Developed Instaclustr's PaaS offerings for Cassandra and Spark.
    • Helped Instaclustr clients successfully deploy and optimize Apache technologies such as Cassandra, Spark, and Kafka.
    Technologies: Java, Spark, Apache Kafka, Cassandra
  • Senior DevOps Engineer

    2015 - 2017
    • Served as a data architect which entailed optimizing the Cassandra data model and tuning multiple Cassandra clusters.
    • Solved production outages and created monitoring systems as an SRE.
    • Wrote the infrastructure code in Chef and Terraform to automate deployments, testing, and configuration changes.
    • Hardened cloud systems through code auditing, penetration testing, patch management, and enforcing the encryption of data at rest and in transit.
    • Created numerous tools and scripts to automate common forensic tasks such as tracking Chef server changes or updating user ACLs.
    • Designed and implemented migration to a Docker-based Mesos-Marathon infrastructure with support for multiple clouds (AWS, Rackspace, SoftLayer).
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Kubernetes, Spark, Terraform, PostgreSQL, Cassandra, Elasticsearch, Redis, Rackspace, AWS, Python, Ruby, Chef
  • Software Engineer

    2010 - 2014
    • Wrote unit and integration tests for Java services.
    • Helped develop a student event microservice in Java.
    • Created a deployment tool in Python that leveraged AWS APIs (Boto library), Chef, and CloudFormation to simplify environment creation.
    • Automated test environment creation in AWS and served as an SRE during my tenure as a systems engineer.
    • Served as the deployment engineer for Java services and managed the Jenkins servers.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cassandra, AWS, Scala, Python, Java


  • Melanippe

    A Cassandra profiling tool that was written in Python. It is a work in progress. Currently, all it does is give information about table configuration and schema. It's easier to use than cqlsh or NodeTool and, when finished, will have more useful features.

  • FaceMatch

    Built an authentication system using selfies and ID photos from users. The system uses machine learning to identify faces in images and then make a statistical comparison to determine whether or not the ID photo is the same person as in the submitted selfie.

  • Risk vs. Reward: A Guide to Understanding Software Containers (Publication)
    Software delivery has come a long way. And, somewhere between the transition from physical media to software containers, we have changed the way we try to manage them. In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Jonathan Bethune explores how software containers have motivated us to treat servers as more dispensable, and the risks and rewards involved.


  • Languages

    Python, SQL, PHP, Java, Ruby, R, Scala, Python 3, Go, Clojure, Rust, C, Haskell
  • Frameworks

    Spark, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Hadoop, Flask, Django
  • Libraries/APIs

  • Tools

    Ansible, Nginx, Apache ZooKeeper, Chef, AWS CloudFormation, Terraform, Jenkins, GitHub, AWS Key Management Service (KMS), Git, IntelliJ, Apache Tomcat
  • Paradigms

    DevOps, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), HIPAA Compliance, Scrum, Agile, Agile Project Management, Agile Product Management
  • Platforms

    Kubernetes, Azure, Apache Kafka, AWS EC2, Linux, Docker, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Rackspace
  • Industry Expertise

  • Storage

    Google Cloud, Cassandra, Redis, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch
  • Other

    Cloud Architecture, AWS Cloud Architecture, AWS, CI/CD Pipelines, Monitoring, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Back-end, FedRAMP, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI)


  • Master's Degree in Information Technology
    2011 - 2014
    University of Phoenix - Online
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in English Education
    2003 - 2006
    New York University - New York, NY, USA


  • Certified Scrum Master
    AUGUST 2021 - AUGUST 2022
    Scrum Inc.
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Adult Fluency Level
    The Japan Foundation
  • Machine Learning
    Stanford University via Coursera
  • Cassandra Architect
    JUNE 2016 - PRESENT

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