Bret Sanders � Irvine, CA



Professional Profile


Talented Systems Architect/Administrator with over 15 years of experience with hardware, software, networking, and Internet technologies. Self-directed contributor with a proven ability to solve business problems using technology. Technical strengths include architecting highly-available UNIX/Linux systems, performance tuning, host and network security, and web application architecture and operations.



Technical Skills & Experience Summary


         Operating Systems: Oracle Solaris, Linux, ESX/ESXi, HP-UX

         Server Infrastructure: Veritas Storage Foundation, NetBackup, Veritas Cluster Server

         System Hardware: Oracle/Sun SPARC Servers, HP 9000, HP Proliant/Blades

         Email: Sendmail, Postfix, SpamAssassin/MailScanner, IMAP/POP3

         Languages: Perl, Shell Scripting (bash, ksh)

         Networking Hardware: Cisco, f5 BigIP, Fortinet Fortigate

         Security: IDS, Snort, Various firewall products, Nmap, Nessus, Wireshark





         Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE, Red Hat 6)

         Sun Certified System Administrator (Solaris 2.6, 8, & 10)

         VMware Certified Professional (VCP for vSphere 4.0)

         Fortinet Certified Network Security Professional (FCNSP 4.0)

         Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) (1998, not current)

         Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (2001, not current)



Professional History


STATE STREET CORPORATION - Irvine, CA���� ���������������������������������������� Dec 2011 � Present


Open Systems Analyst

Build and maintain UNIX/Linux infrasturcture for investment and banking appliations. Create and implement central management systems and processes to maximize the supportablilty of the infrastructure and the effectiveness of the team. Streamlined patching for 600+ Linux systems by implementing Red Hat Satellite Server, greatly reducing the cost and effort required to keep all servers up to date with security and other patches. Set up HP System Insight Manager (SIM) server to collect system errors from all HP servers and automatically open HP tickets for hardware failures. Created Red Hat 6 kickstart process, automating and standardizing server builds. Implement HP Service Pack for Proliant across all physical servers, automating all firmware updates. Plan network, storage, and host designs for new VMware ESXi clusters for Linux virtualization project. Manage vendor relationships with HP and Red Hat, working to escalate issues, minimize cost on new equipment and services, and maintain support agreements. Write scripts to monitor security events, performance, configuration changes, and other data to gain a more proactive view of the environment. Handle day-to-day requests and technical issues on Oracle/Solaris, HP/Linux, and VMware/ESXi platforms. Set up and manage HP Proliant, HP Blades, and Oracle servers (T5XXX, M9000 etc.).


THE CAPITAL GROUP COMPANIES - Irvine, CA���� ���������������������������������������� May 2007 � Dec 2011


Senior Systems Engineer

Create highly-available UNIX platforms for mission-critical trading applications. Gather requirements from business application teams and design appropriate solutions, taking into account application criticality, disaster recovery requirements, performance, and application architecture. Select, purchase, and implement appropriate Sun/Oracle servers (E2900, T5440, M5000, etc.) to ensure applications perform and scale well. �Utilize Veritas product suite to provide SAN storage management, data backup, high availability and disaster recovery. Participate in on-call rotation, supporting over 900 physical UNIX systems. Implement proactive enterprise-wide monitoring and maintenance applications with custom-written scripts as well as commercial products. Train other UNIX team members on Veritas solutions, RedHat Linux, Solaris 10, and other technologies. In efforts to reduce physical server count, built VMware ESX clusters on HP Proliant hardware to host 300+ RedHat Linux virtual machines, and set up Oracle server farms to host Solaris applications running in zones. Wrote elaborate scripts for massive SAN storage migration, automating the task and saving hundreds of man-hours needed to perform this work. Publish technical standards and documentation to ensure a consistent, maintainable environment.


DITECH.COM/GMAC MORTGAGE - Costa Mesa, CA���� ������������������������������� Feb 2002 � May 2007


Senior UNIX Systems Architect

Design, install, and maintain highly-available, well-performing, secure platforms to host 24x7 mission-critical applications and databases. Interface with developers, business owners, and other technical teams to plan and deploy new applications using Sun systems, EMC SAN, BEA Weblogic Server, iPlanet/Apache web servers, and Foundry ServerIron load balancers. Gather and analyze system metrics using HP OpenView and implement changes as necessary to ensure optimal performance. Tune JVM/Weblogic parameters, UNIX kernel and web server configurations to ensure optimal performance at every application tier. Designed and implemented a complete Veritas NetBackup solution for 300+ servers at three geographically dispersed data centers. Developed PHP/MySQL web-based application to track all datacenter hardware, document hardware setups, and automatically gather configuration information from all UNIX servers. Standardized server configurations and implemented standard procedures to build new systems with Solaris 10 zones. Routinely scan network and systems to ensure compliance with information security policies as well as Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Author and periodically update disaster recovery plans to ensure continued business operation in the event of a site failure.


AMERICA ONLINE, INC. - Mountain View, CA���� �������������������������������������������� Jul 1999 � Nov 2001


Senior Internet Systems Engineer

Added web operations expertise to development teams to develop and deploy web-based applications to AOL's 31 million users. Ensured maximum scalability, reliability, and security for applications in development. Implemented technologies such as load balancing, failover, caching, and application security into existing and new AOL products. Designed and built several test labs to localize quality assurance testing for software development groups. Built departmental intranet platforms and applications such as search engine and web-based file management systems.


Internet Operations Manager (at before AOL acquisition)

Designed, built, and maintained entire co-located web site for start-up company. Duties included co-location site selection, purchasing all hardware, budgeting for web operations, 24x7 availability of web site and applications, troubleshooting of Internet routing and connectivity issues, and hiring/managing additional web operations personnel. Technologies used in the site included Sun Enterprise servers, NT servers, Cisco hardware, Oracle 8i, Veritas Volume Manager, Legato Networker, Apache, and JRun. Maintained site uptime above 99.5% and managed the quickly-increasing traffic and load on various systems.


FRONTIER GLOBALCENTER - Sunnyvale, CA���� �������������������������������������������� Apr 1998 � Jul 1999


Senior Technical Account Manager

Deployed and maintained high-availability Internet systems and networks for high-profile customers co-located at GlobalCenter data centers. Provided consulting services to clients to plan, build, and maintain their large-scale web sites. Accounts included USA Today, Cox Interactive, SGI, Playboy, and Pacific Bell. Purchased, configured and maintained a variety of equipment including UNIX servers (many flavors), Windows NT/2000 servers, Cisco routers & switches, various firewall products, load-balancing products, CSU/DSUs and network-attached storage systems. Actively managed web site traffic for my clients and re-designed or added to network infrastructure to scale sites to increasing traffic. Participated in on-call duty as required to keep customer sites running smoothly.


SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC. - San Mateo, CA���� ���������������������������������������������� Mar 1997 � Apr 1998


System/Network Administrator

Managed system and network infrastructure for software development teams at Javasoft. Designed and integrated a new Windows NT server infrastructure into existing UNIX environment. Maintained Solaris, NextStep, NT, and Macintosh servers and desktops, dial-in systems, network hardware, system backups, and all Internet/intranet-related servers. Wrote shell scripts to automate many routine system maintenance tasks. Managed the IT systems move from San Mateo to Cupertino, and relocated all systems with minimal downtime.





B.S. Business Administration, Minor in Music