John Parsons is now available for immediate contract work and is looking for infrastructure based roles where VMware plays a key part. Skilled in both VMware vSphere & Horizon View deployments, John has designed, developed and implemented VMware infrastructures of up to 15 hosts supporting multiple clusters. Using top end licensing, John has utilised the many features of vSphere, including HA/DRS/FT/VDP. Backed by both fibre channel & iSCSI SAN’s with NAS storage to provide support for ISO stores and other low level requirements, John can maintain and support enterprise VMware environments. The infrastructures mentioned all have 10GbE support to provide high speed and shared NIC services for the critical requirements of a cluster, such as the many VMKernels to support VMotion, FT, Mgmt, NAS storage & iSCSI. Using HP Proliant DL380 servers, a mix of Procurve/Extreme Networks and EMC VNX/Qnap NAS/HP EVA storage, John has a broad depth of experience and skills with both hardware and virtualised software technologies.
The predominant OS used has been Windows where John has built Active Directory services, DNS & DHCP, Exchange environments (up to 2003 only), WSUS and BitLocker services to support a 600 user domain of up to 1000 devices and many more separated Windows Domain based solutions. John does have experience with Linux, RedHat and CentOS primarily, and can install servers followed up by general day-to-day management activities.
From a security perspective, John is keen to maintain a high level of IT security and has worked as part of a team to handle high profile attacks such as state-sponsored APT. To counter this and general IT threats John has implemented perimeter firewalls and other filtering tools such as proxy servers/email gateways, end point security, Splunk monitoring services and generated IT policies to drive a safe business environment.
As an experienced team/department lead, John is also capable of managing staff and workloads. This experience has built over the past 14 years with team sizes from 2 up to 18. Also captured are IT Strategy development, £2M+ budget management and presentation skills. Having group leader experience has allowed John to develop service delivery skills and a keen approach to incident management through problem and change controls.
Available for immediate start, John is looking in the Guildford area and up to central London as the primary locations for contract work. Ideal roles include 3rd line infrastructure support, infrastructure analyst, infrastructure support team leader and any mixture of these that result in John providing hands-on services within a VMware based infrastructure. CV & daily rates available on request, flexibility on contract and rates possible.