Stephen Attard, Systems Engineer Developer in Haz-Zebbug, Malta
Stephen Attard

Systems Engineer Developer in Haz-Zebbug, Malta

Member since October 22, 2019
​Stephen is passionate about open source technology with a focus on building code-defined test-driven developer tooling in AWS. He began his career as a network engineer and moved up the stack working on infrastructure, hardware, storage, provisioning, system administration, and automation. Stephen is an advocate of containers, Cloud, observability, self-service platforms, and solid security.
Stephen is now available for hire

Portfolio

Experience

Location

Haz-Zebbug, Malta

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Jenkins, GitOps, AWS, Containers, Linux

The most amazing...

...observability toolkit I've built supports a gaming platform defined and deployed in code and includes metrics, logging, and an audit trail using OSS.

Employment

  • Senior System Engineer

    2014 - PRESENT
    Casumo Services, Ltd.
    • Architected, tuned, monitored, and maintained an on-premise IT infrastructure, building systems, monitoring tools and processes, re-writing open-source-based infrastructure to IaC, and scaling systems underneath the casino platform. Built and enhanced the monitoring and graphing tooling, wrote automation and testing protocols.
    • Identified performance bottlenecks, researched, and implemented tooling for scaling systems (log aggregation, service discovery, graphing, and trend analysis). Optimized VM provisioning for speed, security, agility, uptime, and re-usability.
    • Planned and defined strategies to cater to the requirements of Agile development teams and workflows, revolving around a continuously growing and expanding iGaming product suite. Planned projects from a technical and budgeting perspective.
    • Performed SRE duties, responded to incidents and technical service requests, assisted developers, evangelized best practices, paired up on projects, and building and demoing solutions. Translated technical documents to English.
    • Recruited and grew the operations team. Helped the bootstrapping of a security team. Pushed and assisted in reducing technical debt. Mentored and assisted where needed. Led the way towards a Git-based change management process.
    • Consulted and assisted in the decisions and architecture for distributed office networks, database migrations, monitoring systems, log aggregation and correlation, security tooling, compliance, domain management, and deployment strategies.
    • Assisted in the building of a new casino game provider platform entirely in AWS, within regulatory requirements, as well as supporting tooling, with a focus on agility, provisioning, security, and monitoring.
    • Re-visited, owned, and migrated and tuned a development, delivery, and integration tooling stack composed of Jenkins, ECR, Nexus, Docker, ECS, EC2, Packer, and CloudFormation.
    Technologies: Jenkins, AWS, Prometheus, Graphite, Grafana, Docker, Ansible, SaltStack, Storage, HP Servers, VMware
  • Network and IT Security Engineer

    2007 - 2014
    Computime, Ltd.
    • Worked within the networks and IT security teams while at university. Grew to the level of senior engineer, and became a reference point for peers and superiors alike, regarding architecture, pre-sales, and initiating and maintaining customer relationships.
    • Established as the primary contact for large customers and projects.
    • Worked and specialized in enterprise and data center networks, working on switches, routers, firewalls, security products.
    • Consulted with various clients, industries and sizes, performing audits and network overhaul projects, data center network setups, network perimeter re-design, and device and version upgrades.
    Technologies: VMware, Websense, Checkpoints, Cisco, Juniper

Experience

  • Log Aggregation System (Development)

    Developed a SaltStack-defined log aggregation system using Filebeat, Logstash, Elasticsearch, and Kibana.

  • Graphing Stack (Development)

    Built and defined a deployable, versioned, application, platform, and product-specific dashboards for use by developers and business stakeholders. Based on Graphite, Prometheus, CloudWatch, and Grafana.

  • Migration from Docker to AWS ECR (Development)

    Spearheaded and orchestrated a project involving the migration of over 500 container repos to a fully-managed, lifecycle, audit-trail-enabled, policy-managed, defined ECR. It supports artefacts built by over 80 developers and deployed using a variety of methods such as AWS ECS, EC2, SaltStack, Ansible, EC, Docker-compose, and Testcontainers.

Skills

  • Tools

    Grafana, AWS CloudFormation, AWS ECR, AWS ECS, AWS ELB, SaltStack, Ansible, Elastic, GitHub, Packer, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), AWS CloudWatch, CloudFlare, Jenkins, VMware, Websense, Docker Compose, Logstash
  • Other

    Systems Engineering, Monitoring, Prometheus, Consul, Bash Scripting, IP Networks, DNS, Cloud, Containers, AWS, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Storage, Graphite, Juniper, Cisco, Checkpoints, GitOps, Agile Sprints
  • Paradigms

    DevOps
  • Platforms

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, Docker
  • Storage

    AWS S3, HP Servers, AWS RDS
  • Languages

    Python 3, SQL

Education

  • Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications and Computer Engineering
    2004 - 2008
    University of Malta - Malta

Certifications

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect–Associate
    JUNE 2019 - JUNE 2022
    AWS

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