Kushtrim Morina, Developer in Berlin, Germany
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Kushtrim Morina

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DevOps Engineer and Developer

Berlin, Germany
Toptal Member Since
December 4, 2020

With a decade in IT, Kushtrim shines in DevOps and cloud infrastructure, mastering complex migrations, high-availability infrastructures, and robust CI/CD pipelines, notably in high-security sectors. Based in Berlin, his rich portfolio reflects a relentless pursuit of scalable solutions, turning tech challenges into triumphs. Kushtrim is an invaluable ally for any venture eyeing innovation, blending expertise in AWS, Azure, Kubernetes, and GitOps to drive projects to success.


VMware, Kubernetes, Carvel
DevOps, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure SQL, SaltStack, Docker, Jenkins...
DevOps, Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS CloudFormation, Keycloak, AWS IAM, Azure...




Preferred Environment

CI/CD Pipelines, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Prometheus, DevOps, Kubernetes, Azure, Argo CD, Azure DevOps

The most amazing...

...thing I've done was deployment of ArgoCD and migration of 30 applications within three months.

Work Experience

IT Consultant

2023 - 2023
  • Engineered a cutting-edge managed service provider (MSP) solution leveraging VMware Tanzu Kubernetes distribution, enhancing internal operational efficiency and scalability.
  • Implemented Tekton pipelines and HashiCorp Vault within the MSP solution, driving automation and bolstering security infrastructure, thus ensuring the integrity and protection of critical data.
  • Utilized Carvel tools, Terraform, and Packer in the development process, facilitating robust and flexible infrastructure as code (IaC) capabilities, accelerating deployment times, and improving system reliability.
Technologies: VMware, Kubernetes, Carvel

Cloud Engineer

2020 - 2023
  • Migrated multiple microservices from Azure App Services and functions developed in different languages like Java, .NET, Python, and PHP to Kubernetes.
  • Supported developers in building CI/CD pipelines using Bitbucket pipelines and Jenkins to deploy microservices to Kubernetes and Azure functions.
  • Developed a custom backup solution from Azure Blob Storage to Amazon S3, which backs up the added or modified blob to Amazon S3.
  • Implemented a free monitoring and login solution with Grafana, Loki, and Promtail for multiple Kubernetes clusters, databases, and other infrastructure.
  • Wrote deployment scripts in Python, Bash, and PowerShell.
  • Used Terraform and ARM templates for the deployment of infrastructure.
  • Managed Azure resources for different environments and regions.
  • Migrated traditional CD pipelines to Argo CD and reduced deployment time to seconds.
Technologies: DevOps, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure SQL, SaltStack, Docker, Jenkins, Python, Prometheus, Grafana, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure App Service, Argo CD

Cloud Engineer

2019 - 2019
  • Designed and implemented a cost-saving solution for cloud infrastructure (AWS< Azure and GCP), which significantly reduced the expenses of a large development client.
  • Set up cloud policies for cloud governance in AWS, Azure, and GCP, which reduced the unnecessary access of users to services.
  • Created the networking infrastructure between multiple AWS accounts in a single organization with a VPN gateway and VPC peering.
  • Designed a high-end proposal for an integrated single sign-on (SSO) solution for internal and external users for multiple services such as AWS, Azure AD, GCP, Jira, Atlantis, and other custom software.
  • Built the CI/CD of a custom cost control policy and infrastructure with Jenkins, Terraform, and GitHub.
Technologies: DevOps, Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS CloudFormation, Keycloak, AWS IAM, Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), GitHub, Cloud Governance

Lead Infrastructure Engineer

2018 - 2018
  • Migrated the entire cloud environment to on-premises servers in record time without any downtime and client disruption.
  • Supported developers in implementing a CI/CD pipeline with Bitbucket, TeamCity, and Octopus.
  • Set up the email messaging infrastructure that could send millions of emails daily.
  • Deployed a monitoring system for the application and infrastructure with downtime and application-specific metrics.
  • Managed cloud resources in Azure (Blob Storage, Azure Services), the AWS content delivery network (CDN), and Amazon S3.
Technologies: Amazon CloudFront CDN, Redis, HAProxy, Octopus Deploy, TeamCity, SQL, ScyllaDB, RabbitMQ, Azure

IT System Engineer and Project Manager

2011 - 2018
Botek, LLC.
  • Managed a project and designed the infrastructure for 10,000 users for high-security institutions with three different remote teams.
  • Designed and implemented a high availability infrastructure with more than 50 physical servers and 200 VM with Dell Servers and Microsoft Hyper-V.
  • Designed a VPN network to connect more than 200 branches of a public institution.
Technologies: Hyper-V, VMware, Cisco, Networks, IT Project Management, System Integration, System Administration, Dell PowerEdge Servers

Cloud Security with Cloud Custodian

A project that monitors cloud cost, delivering alerts and stopping resources based on pre-defined policies. The project is based on Cloud Custodian, Jenkins, and Terraform.

The Custodian scripts are written by security engineers and pushed to Git, which triggers an automatic Terraform pipeline in Jenkins. This reduced the clients' costs by 50%.

As a DevSecOps consultant, I was in charge of finding an open-source solution that fit client requests, developing a process for easy deployment of new security and cost policies, and monitoring the current status. I set up the Jenkins job and Terraform templates and pipelines to deploy new policies and update existing ones.

Deployment of Application to Azure with Azure DevOps and Kubernetes

I played a crucial role in successfully developing a comprehensive project covering various facets of cloud technology and software development. Initially, I was tasked with deploying the infrastructure using ARM templates and Terraform, creating a solid foundation for the project's robust and scalable architecture.

A significant part of the project involved developing and optimizing CI/CD pipelines. My approach led to an efficient and reliable integration and deployment process, which ensured the project's agility and responsiveness to changes.

When faced with the task of troubleshooting a Node.js app, I managed to pinpoint and rectify issues effectively, enhancing the application's performance and stability.

Further, I deployed the application on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), ensuring it was scalable, reliable, and ready to handle high-performance demands.

Lastly, I oversaw the deployment of microservices in Azure Functions, emphasizing the project's commitment to a microservices architecture. This contributed to the project's overall flexibility, scalability, and resilience. My diverse skill set and comprehensive involvement were integral to the project's successful development.

Migration of Local Infrastructure to VMware vCenter

The VMware vCenter project involved migrating physical hosts to virtual machines (VMs) for a construction company. By leveraging VMware vCenter, the company achieved increased utilization and efficiency of its IT infrastructure. Benefits included resource consolidation, cost savings, scalability, and simplified management. The project enhanced flexibility, enabling rapid provisioning of VMs and streamlined backups. VMware vCenter provided a centralized platform for monitoring performance, allocating resources, and implementing security measures.

Overall, the project optimized the company's IT operations, supporting its business needs and positioning it for future growth.


Hyper-V, Grafana, VMware, RabbitMQ, Terraform, Jenkins, Amazon CloudWatch, TeamCity, Amazon CloudFront CDN, AWS IAM, Keycloak, AWS CloudFormation, Azure App Service, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), SaltStack, GitHub, Azure IoT Hub, Azure IoT Suite


Azure, Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Kubernetes, AWS Lambda, Amazon EC2, Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Industry Expertise

Project Management


Dell PowerEdge Servers, System Administration, Cloud Custodian, ECS, Information Security, Prometheus, IT Project Management, System Integration, Networks, Cisco, Octopus Deploy, HAProxy, Single Sign-on (SSO), Okta, CI/CD Pipelines, Argo CD, Security, VMware vCenter, VMware ESXi, VMware Tanzu, Carvel, Cloud Governance


SQL, Python


DevOps, Azure DevOps, Continuous Integration (CI)




Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Exasol, ScyllaDB, Redis, Azure SQL, Azure Blobs

2015 - 2020

Master's Degree in Management Information Systems

UBT - University for Business and Technology - Prishtina, Kosovo

2008 - 2011

Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications

University of Prishtina - Prishtina, Kosovo


VMware Certified Specialist – vSphere with Tanzu 2023



VMware Certified Professional – Application Modernization 2023



VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization 2022



Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist

The Linux Foundation


GitOps at Scale



Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate AZ-104


APRIL 2020 - APRIL 2023

Certified Kubernetes Administrator

Cloud Native Computing Foundation


Exasol 6 Certified Professional Administrator



AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate


AUGUST 2018 - AUGUST 2021

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate



ITIL Foundation v3



Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)

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