Kushtrim Morina, Developer in Berlin, Germany
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Kushtrim Morina

Verified Expert  in Engineering

DevOps Engineer and Developer

Location
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.

Portfolio

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

Experience

Availability

Full-time

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
ITQ
  • 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
Twinner
  • 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
Exasol
  • 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
Moosend
  • 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.

Tools

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

Platforms

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

Industry Expertise

Project Management

Other

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

Languages

SQL, Python

Paradigms

DevOps, Azure DevOps, Continuous Integration (CI)

Libraries/APIs

Node.js

Storage

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

JANUARY 2023 - PRESENT

VMware Certified Specialist – vSphere with Tanzu 2023

VMware

JANUARY 2023 - PRESENT

VMware Certified Professional – Application Modernization 2023

VMware

DECEMBER 2022 - PRESENT

VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization 2022

VMware

NOVEMBER 2022 - NOVEMBER 2024

Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist

The Linux Foundation

OCTOBER 2022 - PRESENT

GitOps at Scale

Codefresh

JANUARY 2021 - JANUARY 2024

Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate AZ-104

Microsoft

APRIL 2020 - APRIL 2023

Certified Kubernetes Administrator

Cloud Native Computing Foundation

MARCH 2020 - PRESENT

Exasol 6 Certified Professional Administrator

Exasol

FEBRUARY 2019 - FEBRUARY 2022

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate

AWS

AUGUST 2018 - AUGUST 2021

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate

AWS

OCTOBER 2017 - PRESENT

ITIL Foundation v3

AXELOS

DECEMBER 2014 - DECEMBER 2023

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)

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