Nicusor Serban, Developer in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Nicusor Serban

Verified Expert  in Engineering

DevOps Engineer and Developer

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Toptal Member Since
January 7, 2019

Nick is a site reliability engineer who uses the best practices to enhance an app's DevOps lifecycle. He can automate everything from the code to testing, release management, deployment, operations, monitoring, and CI/CD pipelines. He's also good at bringing your entire app stack into a nice Docker stack managed by either Compose, Swarm, or Kubernetes. Nick also worked as a developer with C#, Node.js, PHP, and Python, among others.


Catena Media
Ceph, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Go, Python, Bash, Ansible, Prometheus, Grafana...
Bitcoin Air
Node.js, WordPress, Angular, PHP, MySQL, Python, Bash, Kubernetes, Docker Swarm...
Automation, Bash Script, Ansible, Chef, Citrix, Migration, GitLab, MySQL...




Preferred Environment

Linux, MacOS, Windows

The most amazing...

...feeling I've had was when I wrote the code for an application that's used by millions of people on a daily basis.

Work Experience

Site Reliability Engineer

2019 - PRESENT
Catena Media
  • Helped my team set up production/development environments on Kubernetes for WordPress apps.
  • Helped deploy Prometheus and Grafana on Kubernetes to monitor all our servers, Microsoft products, sites, and so on.
  • Managed the AWS infrastructure through Terraform.
  • Automated everything.
  • Wrote Ansible scripts to provision and manage several VMs.
  • Coded microservices in Python and/or Go.
  • Handled all types of emergencies including downed sites or services, errors, and so on.
Technologies: Ceph, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Go, Python, Bash, Ansible, Prometheus, Grafana, Kubernetes

DevOps Engineer

2018 - 2019
Bitcoin Air
  • Deployed the entire web infrastructure on scalable Docker containers in Docker Swarm with plans to move it eventually to GCP Kubernetes.
  • Implemented continuous integration and deployment pipelines in Jenkins for all of the apps and stacks.
  • Developed backup pipelines in Jenkins.
  • Debugged and containerized any new app that was not built for Docker.
  • Deployed Bitcoin and Peercoin networks on Docker containers.
Technologies: Node.js, WordPress, Angular, PHP, MySQL, Python, Bash, Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, Docker Compose, Docker, Ubuntu

DevOps Specialist

2018 - 2019
  • Developed and tested Chef cookbooks for enterprise software; also wrote modules in Ruby for Chef.
  • Created internal automation scripts in Bash, Python, Ruby, and PHP.
  • Implemented continuous integration and deployment through Jenkins and UCD.
  • Deployed internal applications on Docker and Docker Swarm.
  • Conducted RHEL administration and management.
Technologies: Automation, Bash Script, Ansible, Chef, Citrix, Migration, GitLab, MySQL, Angular, .NET Core, Jenkins, Docker Compose, Docker

Migration Specialist

2017 - 2018
Christian Tour
  • Documented a legacy app (PHP 5.4).
  • Documented code functionality and database schemas.
  • Migrated a website from a bare-metal environment to AWS.
  • Supported developers in writing a new, improved app in Laravel based on the old one's logic and functionality.
Technologies: Reverse Engineering, Debugging, MySQL, MySQL Workbench, Laravel, Amazon Web Services (AWS), PHP

Software Developer and DevOps

2016 - 2018
Cloud Business Services
  • Developed an internal management tool used by company employees (Node.js, Angular 2, and PHP).
  • Implemented continuous integration and deployment using Jenkins.
  • Wrote various necessary tools and microservices in Bash, Python, C#, .NET Core, and PHP.
  • Developed bug-tracking automation through Jira.
  • Wrote deployment scripts in Chef for enterprise software.
Technologies: MongoDB, SlimPHP, Laravel, Ubuntu, CentOS, VMware, Chef, Docker, Python, Bash, PHP, Angular, Node.js, MySQL, PostgreSQL

Game Developer

2012 - 2016
Self-employed | Freelance
  • Built various tools in C# used to modify client game content (Lua) and client-server content (Lua).
  • Developed tools that automatically play the game or do certain actions in C++.
  • Created management tools for social platforms (profiles, pages, groups, and more) in C#.
  • Developed server management tools C++.
Technologies: Lua, C++, C#

Bitcoin Air

Working for a blockchain company, I managed the web stack through Docker, continuous integration, and deployment. I di this specifically via Jenkins pipelines and installing and configuring the mail servers, backups, and security.

Christian Tour

Working for one of the biggest travel companies in Europe, I migrated applications to Amazon Web Services (AWS). I also documented legacy apps, rewrote the apps to Laravel, and built an amazing environment with Kubernetes, AWS, and Docker.

Cloud Business Services

For this project, I mainly managed a small team of four developers to deliver web apps written in PHP, Angular, and Node.js. I also held regular meetings with the client, translated requirements into tasks, and allocated them using the best Agile principles. I also held daily Scrum meetings and worked as a back-end developer and Scrum master.


For IBM, I worked to automatically provision enterprise-grade software through Chef on Linux and Windows. In pursuit of this goal, I wrote integration tests using InSpec, used UCD as a deployment tool, and managed the continuous integration and deployment pipelines.
2016 - 2019

Bachelor's Degree in Informatics Economics

Romanian-American University - Bucharest, Romania


Certified Disciplined Agilist

Disciplined Agile Consortium


Node.js, REST APIs


VMware, Jenkins, Chef, Artifactory, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Git, GitLab, NGINX, Logstash, Ansible, Vagrant, Docker Compose, MySQL Workbench, Docker Swarm, Kibana, Nagios, Grafana, Puppet, SaltStack


DevOps, Agile, Automation


Python, C#, JavaScript, SQL, Bash, Ruby, Lua, PHP, Bash Script, Go, Java, C++


Selenium, Windows PowerShell, .NET Core, Angular, Laravel


MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SlimPHP, Ceph


Windows, Linux RHEL/CentOS, Docker, Kubernetes, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, Citrix, CentOS, Ubuntu, WordPress, MacOS


Secure Software Development Lifecycle (SSDLC), Security, Data Mining, Reverse Engineering, Prometheus, Scraping, Data Scraping, Integration Tools, APIs, Discord Bots, Migration, Debugging

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