Owolade Sobowale, Developer in Baltimore, MD, United States
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Owolade Sobowale

Verified Expert  in Engineering

DevOps Engineer and Developer

Baltimore, MD, United States
Toptal Member Since
December 8, 2021

Lade is an enthusiast and advocate of everything DevOps, with over nine years of experience in the DevOps space. He has worked with startups and big corporations. As a subject matter expert in Terraform and AWS services, he holds all AWS associate certifications. Lade has a solid background in networking and automating everything.


Amazon EKS, Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR), Kubernetes, SaltStack...
CI/CD Pipelines, DevOps, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Jenkins, Containers...
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Python, Terraform, Jenkins, GitHub...




Preferred Environment

Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Terraform, Ansible, Python, Bash, Jenkins, Git, Docker, Networking

The most amazing...

...project I've undertaken is re-architecting an organization's terraform infrastructure resulting in a substantial reduction in system deployment time.

Work Experience

Senior Cloud Operations Engineer

2022 - PRESENT
  • Led the transformation of the organization's infrastructure by taking full ownership of Terraform infrastructure. Orchestrated the seamless migration of over 400 workspaces to Terraform Cloud, streamlining operations and enhancing scalability.
  • Revamped the CI platform by spearheading the transition from Travis CI and CircleCI to GitHub Actions, optimizing workflow efficiency and enhancing development processes.
  • Implemented robust Datadog Database performance monitoring for Amazon RDS/PostgreSQL databases, empowering developers with comprehensive insights into application performance and facilitating proactive troubleshooting.
  • Demonstrated expertise in configuring and managing a suite of AWS services, including EC2, RDS, VPC, S3, CloudWatch, CloudFront, AWS Lambda functions, and Route 53, among others, to ensure optimal performance and reliability.
  • Deployed and managed EC2 instances expertly, utilizing SaltStack, Jinja2, and Consul Template.
  • Pioneered the establishment of EKS infrastructure and successfully migrated the platform from Nomad to EKS, driving enhanced scalability and resource utilization.
  • Managed EKS and Nomad clusters efficiently for container orchestration, ensuring seamless deployment and operation of critical applications while also leveraging Dockerfiles to streamline deployment processes and Docker images for diverse services.
  • Developed Python and bash scripts to automate service deployment, streamline onboarding processes, and expedite the setup of new developer environments, significantly reducing time to market.
  • Implemented robust monitoring and alerting mechanisms for critical services, seamlessly integrating alerts with Datadog, PagerDuty, and Slack for swift incident response and resolution.
  • Communicated infrastructure improvements effectively through engaging presentations and demos to the engineering organization, garnering buy-in and driving the adoption of best practices and innovations.
Technologies: Amazon EKS, Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR), Kubernetes, SaltStack, PagerDuty, Nomad, Terraform, Python, Bash, GitHub, Docker, Crossplane, CircleCI, Travis CI, AWS Lambda

Cloud Infrastructure Engineer

2022 - 2022
  • Architected and built a multi-environment AWS ECS cluster using Terraform.
  • Migrated all microservice containers from Heroku to AWS ECS.
  • Configured Telegraf to run inside containers in AWS ECS, collect application logs, and ship to AWS CloudWatch. Designed Datadog dashboards to inject the application logs from CloudWatch.
  • Wrote bash scripts to enable SSM running on AWS ECS containers.
  • Configured Sumo Logic to collect the AWS ECS container logs.
  • Wrote Terraform configurations and modules to manage the organization's GitHub repositories. Imported all existing repositories into Terraform to be managed through Terraform.
Technologies: CI/CD Pipelines, DevOps, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Jenkins, Containers, Terraform, Amazon EKS, CircleCI, New Relic, Kubernetes, Azure, Heroku, Datadog, Redis, PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch, NoSQL, Sumo Logic, Telegraf, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Microservices, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Serverless Architecture, Amazon CloudWatch, Resource Management, Cloud Services

Site Reliability Engineer

2017 - 2022
  • Configured and managed a diverse suite of AWS services expertly, such as EC2, RDS, VPC, S3, CloudWatch, CloudFront, and Route 53, ensuring high availability and performance.
  • Orchestrated continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines using Jenkins, CirceCI, Git, AWS ECS, EKS, and Docker, enabling rapid and reliable software delivery.
  • Implemented robust automation strategies using Python and Bash scripting to orchestrate deployments, environment provisioning, and service configurations, enhancing operational efficiency.
  • Applied site reliability engineering (SRE) principles to improve system reliability, scalability, and performance, including error budgeting, service level indicators (SLIs), and service level objectives (SLOs).
  • Established a comprehensive monitoring and alerting ecosystem, integrating Datadog alongside PagerDuty, Opsgenie, and Slack to proactively identify and address operational issues, ensuring seamless service delivery while adhering to SLAs and SLOs.
  • Managed incident response and resolution processes effectively through PagerDuty, coordinating cross-functional teams and escalating critical issues promptly to minimize downtime and mitigate risks.
  • Conducted blameless post-incident reviews (PIRs) to identify root causes of outages and implemented preventive measures to enhance system resilience and stability.
  • Developed internal tooling in Python and Go templating to enable developers to automate repetitive tasks and enhance development productivity.
  • Collaborated closely with development teams to design and implement developer-friendly tooling, facilitating smooth software development lifecycle and deployment processes.
  • Provided mentorship and guidance to junior team members, fostering their professional growth and development in site reliability engineering practices.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Python, Terraform, Jenkins, GitHub, Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Deployment, Amazon EKS, Nomad, CI/CD Pipelines, Bash, Kubernetes, Vault, Vagrant, Ansible, SaltStack, Datadog, PagerDuty, Amazon RDS, DevOps, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), REST APIs, Serverless Architecture, REST, Amazon CloudWatch, Linux Server Administration, Resource Management, Unix, Cloud Services, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Node.js

DevOps Engineer

2015 - 2017
Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT Lab)
  • Worked on infrastructure development on AWS using various services like EC2, S3, RDS, Route 53, CloudFormation, CloudWatch, IAM, and VPC.
  • Utilized CloudWatch to monitor resources such as EC2, CPU memory, Amazon RDS DB Services, and EBS volumes.
  • Configured Jenkins to automate the build deployments based on the changes captured in Version Control.
  • Gained knowledge in Ansible playbook, YAML for maintaining roles, inventory files, and groups variables.
  • Configured various performance metrics using AWS CloudWatch and CloudTrail.
  • Used Git for branching, tagging, and maintenance of version control and source code management.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Jenkins, Ansible, Bash, Python, Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Deployment, DevOps, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), AWS CloudFormation, Amazon CloudWatch, Linux Server Administration, Resource Management, Unix, Cloud Services

Solutions Architect

2011 - 2014
  • Automated and managed AWS infrastructure and deployment processes, including production, testing, and development environments.
  • Worked on automation continuous integration and continuous delivery pipeline processes for multiple projects using GitHub, Jenkins, Maven, Artifactory, and Docker.
  • Configured and managed Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) for fault tolerance and to avoid single point of failure of applications, providing high availability.
  • Implemented identity and access management solutions for infrastructure and applications, to ensure that appropriate access controls are in place and applied effectively and continuously.
  • Managed and automated all aspects of our AWS infrastructure, including compute, storage, network, permissions, and cost using shell scripts and configuration management tools like Ansible.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Jenkins, Bash, Ansible, Docker, Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Deployment, DevOps, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), AWS CloudFormation, Amazon CloudWatch, Linux Server Administration, Resource Management, Unix, Cloud Services

Terraform Architecture for Nike

The project involved the Terraform infrastructure for Nike's core ERP systems across all business units worldwide. I took ownership and re-architected the Terraform infrastructure automation, which resulted in reducing the deployment of parallel systems from 2-3 days to less than an hour. This Terraform architecture deploys and manages thousands of virtual machines in AWS and Azure.

Container Migration from Heroku to AWS ECS

I architected and built a multi-environment AWS ECS cluster using Terraform and migrated all microservice containers from Heroku to AWS ECS. Furthermore, I configured the application logging using Telegraf, AWS CloudWatch, and Datadog and the container logging in sumo logic.

Cloud Infrastructure and Pipeline for an Email Analytics Company

A web-based application for an email analytics company. I designed and built the cloud network infrastructure, the global database cluster, replication across multiple regions, and the CI/CD pipeline using GitHub Actions and ECS clusters.
2014 - 2016

Master's Degree in Telecommunications and Networking

Stratford University - Falls Church, VA

2007 - 2011

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering

Babcock University - Nigeria


Certified Jenkins Engineer

Jenkins Project

APRIL 2021 - APRIL 2023

HashiCorp Certified: Terraform Associate


MARCH 2021 - MARCH 2024

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator

Amazon Web Services


AWS Certified Developer

Amazon Web Services

JUNE 2020 - JUNE 2023

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate


NOVEMBER 2015 - MAY 2022

Cisco Certified Network Associate (Security)


DECEMBER 2012 - MAY 2022

Cisco Certified Network Associate



Node.js, REST APIs


Git, Terraform, GitHub, Amazon CloudWatch, Ansible, Jenkins, Amazon EKS, CircleCI, Sumo Logic, Telegraf, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Puppet, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Vault, Vagrant, SaltStack, AWS CloudFormation, Travis CI, AWS IAM, Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR)


Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Deployment, DevOps, Serverless Architecture, Microservices, REST


A+, HTML, Python, Bash, Java, Go


Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Linux, Unix, New Relic, Kubernetes, Azure, Heroku, PagerDuty, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), AWS Lambda


Datadog, Redis, PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch, NoSQL, Amazon Aurora

Industry Expertise

Network Security




Networking, Cloud, CI/CD Pipelines, Nomad, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Resource Management, Cloud Services, Cisco, Linux Server Administration, Containers, Amazon RDS, IBM Cloud, GitHub Actions, Consul, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)

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