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I am a software engineer and enterprise architect with over three decades of experience. Almost all the products I helped develop became industry successes. Unix, SCSI, Disk Arrays, Paragon, Norton Ghost, and Storage Manager. Except for Unix, I was the software architect and a major software contributor.
Today I design cloud systems focusing heavily on security and networking and write enterprise-class backend software. Authentication and Identity Systems are also favorites. I am a three-time MVP – currently MVP Cloud Networking and Cloud Security. I am an Alibaba Cloud MVP, and AWS Expert. I am a former Microsoft MVP and Google Cloud Platform GDE.
In September 2022, I was awarded the Google Cloud Champion Innovator for Data Analytics. In January 2023, I was awarded the Anaconda Pegasus award for my work on PyScript (pdf). I was the only recipient of this award for 2022.
I support Alibaba, AWS, Azure, Google, IBM, and Oracle clouds. I have fifteen cloud certifications across multiple vendors and over 14 years of experience with AWS, about 12 with Azure, and about 10 with Google.
I have extensive experience in security, file system forensics, authentication, and identity.
My favorite cloud service is Google Cloud Run, which is a fantastic product. However, I do most of my work deploying to traditional virtual machines, load balancers, databases (MySQL and MongoDB), and cloud storage.
I take part in Stackoverflow almost every day for a few minutes. You can see my profile here. I am a big fan of Qwiklabs. You can see my profile here. Microsoft Learn is another favorite for Microsoft and Azure. You can see my profile here.
For hobbies, I ride horses with my dogs when the weather permits. I am a private pilot – both single and multi-engine. I play golf from late spring thru early fall. I no longer ski (ankle accident) but I spend time at the lodge enjoying dinner and the view. Playing billiards (snooker) is another favorite.