Vishal Patel, Developer in Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Vishal Patel

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DevOps Engineer and Software Developer

Location
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Toptal Member Since
May 6, 2022

Vishal is a DevOps and Kubernetes architect with over four years of experience designing, implementing, and managing production-ready Kubernetes infrastructure and its cloud-native tools in hybrid environments. He has worked on setting up Infrastructure as code and CI/CD process baselines and helped in organization-wide adaptation.

Portfolio

Self-employed (Project Based)
Kubernetes, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Terraform, DevOps, Azure...
Microsoft Professional Service (via a Consulting Company)
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure DevOps, Terraform, Azure Blobs, Azure...
Priceline - GCP
Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Kubernetes...

Experience

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Kubernetes, Linux, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), Docker, Azure, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

The most amazing...

...achievement I’ve had is learning new DevOps tools and Kubernetes-related concepts, achieving all three certifications of Kubernetes in a short period.

Work Experience

Senior Consultant/Lead | DevOps | SRE | Kubernetes - Cloud Architect

2019 - PRESENT
Self-employed (Project Based)
  • Handled the managed cloud and Kubernetes on-prem infrastructure. Acted as a Kubernetes architect and trainer. Trained the Linux administrator team for Kubernetes and OpenShift applications and managed the container infra, including lifecycle.
  • Worked in the government sector. Automated on-premise Kubernetes infrastructure using a Terraform and GitLab pipeline. Architected an Azure Kubernetes infrastructure using IaC practices per the enterprise's landing zone practices.
  • Introduced DevOps practices to many developers using a knowledge base, local Docker/Kubernetes/Kind environment, Kaniko, and Skaffold tool so developers could focus on software development and increase frequent software releases.
  • Architected and designed landing zones for Azure and GCP for local government, travel, telecom, sectors, etc. Setup baseline to run infra as single or multi-tenant. Also helped address compliance needs based on frameworks such as NIST 800 53, etc.
  • Assisted migration of workloads or infrastructure across different clouds such as AWS, Azure, and GCP. Established checklist, procedure, and automated procedure to set up the migration process. Helped devs migrate and containerize legacy apps.
  • Implemented protected B landing zone in Azure, GCP. Conducted a session on modifying this PBMM landing zone to address organization requirements and team structure. In the end, implemented all the changes discussed with the team.
  • Modified and added many workload-oriented Terraform modules per team segmentation (network, security, infrastructure, etc.) for landing zone deployment and conducted sessions to implement using an automation pipeline within Google Cloud.
  • Provided Azure and Google Cloud documentation on how to integrate application metrics and use those metrics for scaling and alert purposes. I also created a dashboard for better visibility into workloads.
  • Provided guidance on Azure and Google Kubernetes services, its cloud-native toolset lifecycle process, and how to upgrade without impacting running workloads. I also provided documentation on backing up and restoring application persistent storage.
  • Demonstrated backup and restore procedure for data hosted depending upon GCP services (cloud buckets/blobs, key vault/secret manager, databases, firestore) within Gloud Cloud. Leveraged restore workflow using Terraform as well as DBA.
Technologies: Kubernetes, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Terraform, DevOps, Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Docker, Linux, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Solution Architecture, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Containers, Python, Kubernetes Operations (kOps), Infrastructure, Linux Administration, Bash, New Relic, Amazon EKS, CI/CD Pipelines, Vulnerability Management, Vulnerability Identification, Cloud, Cloud Computing, AWS IAM, Microsoft Azure, DevSecOps, Sentinel, Scripting, Helm, Git, Cloud Infrastructure, YAML, Pipelines, Azure DevOps, Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS DevOps, Amazon EC2, Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR), Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), SonarQube, Technical Hiring, Task Analysis, Source Code Review, Interviewing, Security, APIs, High-availability Systems, Systemd, Back-end, VPN, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), AWS CloudFormation, Load Balancers, GitLab CI/CD, Jenkins, Kibana, Vagrant, Azure Resource Manager (ARM), Azure API Management, API Management, DigitalOcean, DevOps Engineer, Cloudflare, Containerization, Continuous Integration (CI), GitLab, Architecture, Markdown, OAuth 2, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Amazon API Gateway, Site Reliability, GitOps, Flux, OpenStack, Hypervisors, Continuous Delivery (CD), Networking, Grafana, Terragrunt, Apache Kafka, Apache, Ubuntu, Management, GitHub, Jira, Team Leadership, HashiCorp, Cloud Security, IT Support, Kubernetes HorizontalPodAutoscaler (HPA), Prometheus, GitHub Actions, Splunk, Linux Server Administration, Ansible, Microservices, Service Meshes, DNS Debugging, Istio, OpenShift, Microservices Architecture, ELK (Elastic Stack), Shell Scripting, Azure Virtual Networks, Azure Blobs, Azure Key Vault, Docker Compose, Azure Network Security Groups, Confluence, Artifactory, Cost Reduction & Optimization (Cost-down), CircleCI, ECS, Kong, High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR), Scalability, Continuous Development (CD), Hardware Security Modules (HSMs), DDoS, HSM, Elasticsearch, Orchestration, IaaS, Windows PowerShell

Senior Consultant

2022 - 2023
Microsoft Professional Service (via a Consulting Company)
  • Evaluated client requirements for container-based architecture, architecture designed landing zones using Azure Kubernetes services and Azure Redhat open shift solution. Also helped with cloud migration from AWS to Azure or GCP to Azure if applicable.
  • Recommended best practices for cloud service integration multi-region deployments (Terraform, Azure ARM, Bicep).
  • Delivered security awareness sessions for cloud services and cloud-native tools. Provided a plan of action to implement.
  • Showcased how to containerize legacy applications with modern frameworks and microservices benefits. Promoted blue-green/canary deployments.
  • Automated Kubernetes upgrades and enhanced observability through logging and monitoring data.
  • Partnered with stakeholders to build effective teams based on skill sets and business needs. Worked with the client for team formation and aligned day two operations based on organization process and procedure.
Technologies: Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure DevOps, Terraform, Azure Blobs, Azure, Azure PaaS, Azure AI Studio, Terragrunt, Apache Airflow

Google Cloud Platform Engineer

2022 - 2022
Priceline - GCP
  • Wrote Python script to generate a multi-cluster manifest of Cloudability and New Relic and encrypted secrets using sops.
  • Investigated and debugged pod and node scaling, pod disruption, and budget-related issues to minimize business impact from unavailable applications when performing lifecycle management of GKE or related cloud-native tools.
  • Enabled webhook admission controller to forcefully apply and mutate limits to manifest new workloads, including renewing certificate pairs. Suggested patterns to automate this process by using a cert-manager.
Technologies: Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Kubernetes, Continuous Integration (CI), GitLab, Architecture, Markdown, OAuth 2, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Amazon API Gateway, Site Reliability, GitOps, Flux, OpenStack, Hypervisors, Continuous Delivery (CD), Networking, Grafana, Terragrunt, Apache Kafka, Apache, Ubuntu, Management, GitHub, Jira, Team Leadership, HashiCorp, Cloud Security, Splunk, Linux Server Administration, Ansible, Microservices, Service Meshes, Istio, OpenShift, Microservices Architecture, ELK (Elastic Stack), Shell Scripting, Azure Virtual Networks, Azure Blobs, Azure Key Vault, Docker Compose, Azure Network Security Groups, Datadog, Confluence, Artifactory, Cost Reduction & Optimization (Cost-down), CircleCI

Kubernetes Infrastructure on Premises | Cloud Agnostic Bare-metal

Designed RKE. A Kubernetes-based infrastructure and cloud-native tools can run on any cloud provider, virtual machines, and Bare-metal using Terraform's IaC pipelines.

It can also be deployed in the air gap zone when the container images are imported to the registry successfully.
2015 - 2016

Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer

Carleton University - Ottawa, Canada

MARCH 2022 - MARCH 2024

Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist

The Linux Foundation

FEBRUARY 2021 - PRESENT

AZ-303: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies

Microsoft

FEBRUARY 2021 - FEBRUARY 2023

Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert

Microsoft

NOVEMBER 2020 - NOVEMBER 2024

Aviatrix Certified Engineer Multicloud Network Associate

Aviatrix

SEPTEMBER 2020 - SEPTEMBER 2023

Certified Kubernetes Application Developer

The Linux Foundations

SEPTEMBER 2020 - SEPTEMBER 2023

Certified Kubernetes Administrator

The Linux Foundations

Libraries/APIs

Azure API Management, Terragrunt

Tools

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Helm, Grafana, Apache, Terraform, Git, Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR), Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), GitLab CI/CD, Jenkins, Vagrant, GitLab, GitHub, Jira, HashiCorp, Kubernetes HorizontalPodAutoscaler (HPA), Splunk, Ansible, Istio, ELK (Elastic Stack), Azure Key Vault, Docker Compose, Azure Network Security Groups, Confluence, Artifactory, Amazon EKS, AWS IAM, Sentinel, SonarQube, Systemd, VPN, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), AWS CloudFormation, Kibana, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), CircleCI, Kong, Apache Airflow

Paradigms

DevOps, Azure DevOps, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), Management, Microservices, Microservices Architecture, DevSecOps, Continuous Development (CD), DDoS

Languages

Python, YAML, Markdown, Bash

Platforms

Kubernetes, Docker, Amazon Web Services (AWS), DigitalOcean, Ubuntu, OpenShift, Linux, Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Rancher, New Relic, Amazon EC2, OpenStack, Apache Kafka, Azure PaaS, Azure AI Studio

Storage

Azure Blobs, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Datadog, Elasticsearch

Frameworks

Flux, Windows PowerShell, OAuth 2

Other

Task Analysis, High-availability Systems, DevOps Engineer, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Solution Architecture, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Containers, Infrastructure, CI/CD Pipelines, Cloud, Cloud Computing, Microsoft Azure, Scripting, Cloud Infrastructure, Pipelines, Technical Hiring, Source Code Review, Interviewing, Security, APIs, Back-end, Load Balancers, Azure Resource Manager (ARM), API Management, Cloudflare, Containerization, Amazon API Gateway, Site Reliability, GitOps, Cloud Security, IT Support, Prometheus, GitHub Actions, Service Meshes, DNS Debugging, Shell Scripting, Azure Virtual Networks, Cost Reduction & Optimization (Cost-down), ECS, Scalability, Orchestration, IaaS, Argo CD, Flux CD, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), Virtualization, Kubernetes Operations (kOps), Linux Administration, Vulnerability Management, Vulnerability Identification, AWS DevOps, Architecture, Hypervisors, Networking, Team Leadership, Linux Server Administration, High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR), Hardware Security Modules (HSMs), HSM, Aviatrix

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