Cloud Solutions Architect
Who is Jeff K.?
I'm an expert in infrastructure engineering. Currently, I am at Rackspace as a Senior Cloud Engineer, working remotely as I travel the world, though my home base is the western United States. Before this role, I worked at Rcktshp, X-Team, Upside Business Travel, Red Ventures, Onica, and QuadraNet. I hold a BA in Sociology from San Francisco State University and have done PG studies in Global Justice at The University of Sheffield.
I consider myself a "computer nerd", an activist, a dog lover, an enthusiast of cities, and a seasoned traveler. I have been working with computers since childhood and have developed extensive skills in Windows Server and Linux. When away from the computer, I enjoy e-skating around town and traveling both domestically around the US and internationally. So far, I have been to 38 countries and am not stopping any time soon.
I am interested in progressive activism and am inspired by the topics of: anti-repression, anti-racism, feminism, socialism, drug reform, and migration reform. On the streets, I have live-streamed various protests & rallies from Oakland, to Occupy Wall Street in NYC, to London. I also enjoy exploring the urban landscape, eating, and camping.
Skills & Services
I specialize in cloud computing and infrastructure engineering for projects from a broad set of companies and organizations.
Amazon Web Services
Develop and maintain highly-available web infrastructure architecture using a myriad of services.
Linux Config Management
Management of Linux compute instances using Ansible and Bash.
Strategize culture shift and engineer automation for CI/CD pipelines and infrastructure.
Windows Server Admin
Management of Windows Server and Active Directory resources.
Automate the building blocks using Terraform, Python, or CloudFormation for new and existing resources.
Building and configuration of Kubernetes services and manifests.
Experience & Certifications
December 2020 - Present
Professional Services Senior Delivery Engineer
December 2019 – November 2020
Senior DevOps Engineer
July 2019 - October 2019
Upside Business Travel
Senior Site Reliability Engineer
June 2018 - May 2019
Cloud Engineer, then Platform Engineer
March 2016 - March 2018
Lead Cloud Support Engineer
June 2014 - July 2015
HashiCorp Certified: Terraform Associate
AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional
AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional
AWS Certified Developer – Associate
AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate
AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator
CompTIA A+ Certification
Happy colleagues say...
Jeff has been one of the most stable and diligent employees I have ever had the pleasure of managing, as well as being a highly intelligent and effective systems administrator. In addition to directly tackling problems with his existing knowledge, he has also performed research of his own volition and come up with lasting solutions for complex problems. Jeff's dedication to the workplace is on par with his passion for everything he does in his life, and I can recommend his work wholeheartedly without a moment's hesitation.
Working with Jeff was by far one of my favorite experiences that I will always remember. While doing his job he was still able to teach me Linux and Windows and not to mention assist me on any problems that arose. He is a real team player and I would recommend Jeff. His hard work definitely shows for itself.