Michał Opala, Developer in Lublin, Poland
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Michał Opala

Verified Expert  in Engineering

DevOps Engineer and Developer

Lublin, Poland
Toptal Member Since
June 1, 2021

Michał is a DevOps engineer and a software developer with over a decade of hands-on experience implementing automation (Kubernetes, Ansible), working with developers to oversee the code releases, and optimizing processes. He believes his mission in the IT industry is to help DevOps teams to design their infrastructures correctly and automate everything that is possible to automate. In his everyday work, Michał focuses on delivering idiomatic, well-structured, and carefully tested IaC solutions.


Hitachi ABB PowerGrids
Python, Ansible, Terraform, Kubernetes, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Bash...
AIQA Technologies
Terragrunt, Terraform, Docker Compose, Ansible, GitLab CI/CD...
Bluefoot AI, LLC
Terragrunt, Terraform, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kubernetes, GitLab CI/CD...




Preferred Environment

NixOS, Slack, GitHub, GitLab, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The most amazing...

...thing I've achieved lately was the Epiphany platform where I introduced HA Kubernetes into the platform and greatly optimized cluster creation times.

Work Experience

Expert DevOps Engineer

2020 - 2021
Hitachi ABB PowerGrids
  • Introduced HA Kubernetes (Kubeadm-based) into the platform.
  • Improved cluster creation times (up to five times faster depending on the cloud provider).
  • Significantly improved code quality by participating in thorough code review processes and introduced a lot of high-quality code as well.
Technologies: Python, Ansible, Terraform, Kubernetes, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Bash, Kubernetes Administration

Senior DevOps Engineer

2019 - 2020
AIQA Technologies
  • Designed and implemented CI/CD processes in GitLab CI.
  • Designed and deployed the production infrastructure in GKE (Google Kubernetes Engine).
  • Improved the local developer environments using Docker. Compose.
Technologies: Terragrunt, Terraform, Docker Compose, Ansible, GitLab CI/CD, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)

Senior DevOps Engineer

2018 - 2019
Bluefoot AI, LLC
  • Created the entire customized Kubernetes deployment automation (as per requirement).
  • Designed and implemented all of the AWS infrastructure.
  • Built and designed the CI/CD processes in GitLab CI.
Technologies: Terragrunt, Terraform, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kubernetes, GitLab CI/CD, Apache Maven, PostgreSQL, Bash

Senior DevOps Engineer

2016 - 2017
  • Designed and implemented Ansible automation for test and production environments.
  • Participated in the on-call schedule and production troubleshooting.
  • Worked o go-live rollouts for a couple of new customers (airlines).
Technologies: Python, Ansible, Red Hat Linux, Citrix, Single Sign-on (SSO), Bash

Senior DevOps Engineer

2015 - 2016
Ocado Technology
  • Contributed to the development of a platform used for the automated testing of production software.
  • Closely worked with application development teams in troubleshooting various infrastructure and application problems.
  • Participated in the design and implementation of the infrastructure in general.
Technologies: CoreOS, OpenStack, Python, Go, Scala, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Bash

Integration Engineer

2013 - 2014
GTECH Corporation (Later Renamed to IGT)
  • Contributed to the software acceptance testing process.
  • Helped to prepare the test and production environments.
  • Participated in an upgrade rollout for ten Italian video lotteries.
Technologies: Red Hat Linux, Bash, IBM Db2, Perforce

Network Engineer | Network Administrator

2008 - 2011
Institute of Physics UMCS Lublin Poland
  • Maintained a small network segment of the Department of Theoretical Physics UMCS.
  • Designed, implemented, and maintained two small clusters (HP ProLiant machines) used for numerical computations.
  • Responsible for buying and configuring new hardware (printers, laptops, and so on) for the whole department.
Technologies: Debian, Postfix, Torque/PBS, MPI, Fortran, iOS, Cisco, Slackware, Bash

Epiphany Platform

This is an industrial Kubernetes and microservices platform that runs on on-premise, AWS, Azure and other cloud environments. Basically, it's an open-source project written mostly in Python and Ansible.

The goal of the project is to provide ready to use automation for Kubernetes and other services like databases and message brokers.
2004 - 2009

Master's Degree in Physics

Institute of Physics, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University - Lublin, Poland


Oracle Certified Professional



Terragrunt, MPI


Ansible, Terraform, Docker Compose, GitLab CI/CD, Slack, GitHub, GitLab, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Apache Maven, Perforce, Postfix


Bash, Python, Go, Rust, Scala, Fortran


Kubernetes, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Azure, Java SE 6, Red Hat Linux, Citrix, CoreOS, OpenStack, Debian, Slackware, iOS


PostgreSQL, IBM Db2


NixOS, Linear Algebra, Calculus, Applied Physics, Single Sign-on (SSO), Torque/PBS, Kubernetes Administration, Cisco

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