Darrel Clute

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IT Infrastructure Architect

IT professional with over 15 years of experience in multiple roles, typically serving in a cross functional capacity. Excels in a dynamic environment with constant change. Prefers automation to manual repetition, and being a partner to the business instead of a simple services provider.

Work Experience

03/2011 – 02/2015 — ViaSat Inc. El Camino Real, Carlsbad California 92009 760-476-2200

03/2011 – 02/2015 — Senior Network Engineer

  • Focus on data center networking supporting Satellite Service Provider back office and operational support systems, including:

    • Cisco Nexus 7000, 5000, 2000, 1000V.
    • Cisco Catalyst 2960, 3750.
    • Cisco ASA.
    • Cisco ACE.
    • Cisco ACS.
    • Juniper SA VPN Appliances.
    • Juniper MX Routers.
    • OSPF and MPLS internal network.
    • BGP Peering with providers and at internal MPLS network CE-PE boundary.
  • Provide support and dissemination of knowledge to other engineers.

  • Work with business owners on architecture, implementation and support of their applications, with a focus on network services.

  • Work with other data center infrastructure groups toward the completion of projects our groups support.

  • Provide knowledge transfer and augmentation to other infrastructure groups where own knowledge or experience surpasses that of the functional groups subject matter expertise.

    • Assist in the setup and maintenance of Red Hat Satellite.
    • Provide training on the use of Git, along with proposing workflows to encourage collaboration.
    • Provide training and escalation on scripting and programming with Python.
    • Evaluation of Splunk and ELK for log aggregation, building network specific queries and assisting in building queries to correlate network, systems, and application data.
    • Setup CentOS 7 VM templates for use in a vSphere environment, using cloud-init to customize the deployed virtual machines using the same data structures as when deploying in the future to OpenStack or AWS.
  • Encourage the adoption of Infrastructure as Code and Agile Operations methods, procedures, and tools, across functional groups.

  • Implement and maintain server infrastructure supporting network operations, including:

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6 for server OS.
    • SaltStack for configuration management.
    • Git for version control of configuration management data.
    • Investigate use of SaltStack and ProxyMinion functionality to control configuration of network devices through same interface as server infrastructure.
  • Utilize configuration management for network supporting server infrastructure to automate the deployment of proxy white listing.

07/2010 – 01/2011 — Consumers Energy One Energy Plaza Drive, Jackson Michigan 49201 517-788-0550

07/2010 – 01/2011 — AMI Network Engineer

  • Review and assess vendor equipment pertaining to Smart Grid Enablement such as:

    • Home Area Networking (HAN)
    • Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
  • Evaluate wireless communications utilizing IEEE 802.15.4 (ZigBee) between AMI meters and HAN equipment such as:

    • Appliances
    • Home energy displays
    • Environmental controls
  • Evaluate wireless communications of AMI meters in a mesh, along with transport of data back to head end.

  • Evaluate functionality of vendor head end for their AMI solution.

  • Manage VMware environment of approximately 200 virtual machines, containing internal servers and vendor environments.

  • Enabled the Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switch in a portion of the lab environment for demonstration purposes, with goal of enabling throughout the VMware infrastructure to provide greater network level control.

02/2009 – 07/2010 — Netarx, LLC (Acquired by Logicalis Group in July, 2011)

(Netarx acquired Analysts International VAR business unit in August 2009)

08/2009 – 07/2010 — Network Engineer

  • On-demand work for customers, including:

    • Temporary staff augmentation
    • Break-fix resolution
  • Project based work for customers, including:

    • Some pre-sales engineering
    • Production of implementation plans and detailed design documents
    • Execution of implementation plans
  • Perform assessments on customer infrastructure

    • Assess current state manually and with automated tools
    • Generate report for customer
    • Review report with customer staff
  • Peer review of customer deliverables.

  • Areas of expertise:

    • Network Management
    • Routing
    • Switching
    • Data Center Technologies
    • Security
    • Wireless
    • UNIX (HP-UX, Solaris)
    • Linux

03/2005 – 02/2009 — Liquid Web Inc. 4210 S Creyts Rd, Lansing Michigan 48917 800-580-4985

08/2008 – 02/2009 — System Administrator

  • Technical support provided to web hosting customers, such as:

    • Hosting control panels (cPanel, Plesk)
    • Web servers (Apache, IIS)
    • Email services
    • Host firewalls (IPTables, Windows Firewall)

03/2005 – 08/2008 — Network Engineer

  • Design, implement and maintain globally accessible web hosting network infrastructure.

    • Monitor and rebalanced outbound traffic flow over multiple carriers.

    • Manage IP allocations for use, and acquisitions through ARIN

    • Implement and maintain distributed authentication for network devices, utilizing:

      • Shrubbery Networks tac_plus daemon
      • PAM
      • OpenLDAP
      • MIT Kerberos
    • Implement and maintain distributed syslog infrastructure.

    • Implement and maintain distributed SNMP trap and notification system.

  • Design and maintain product development around network based services such as hardware firewalls and load balancers.

  • Provide escalation support for suspected network related issues.

  • Provide customer support on network based services.

  • Provide training and documentation to engineering and support staff.

03/2003 – 03/2005 — Lansing State Journal 120 E Lenawee St, Lansing Michigan 48919 517-377-1000

03/2003 – 03/2005 — Information Technology Coordinator

  • Project coordination for UNIX server infrastructure and core networking.

  • Maintain server infrastructure on various platforms, such as:

    • Solaris
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Windows
    • Mac OS 9 and 10
  • Maintain core network infrastructure for both the LAN and WAN.

  • Provide assistance to sister papers in the Michigan Synergy.

  • Work with Gannett Corporate IT.

  • Provide end user support to a mixed desktop environment.

09/2002 – 09/2006 — Computer Vision Networks (Dissolved)

09/2002 – 09/2006 — Partner and Chief Executive Officer

  • Drafted and submitted original Articles of Incorporation.
  • Drafted corporate by-laws adopted by shareholders.
  • Responsible for coordinating and conducting all shareholder and board meetings.
  • Maintained all financial records and corporate budgeting.
  • Responsible for accounts payable and accounts receivable.
  • Drafted, reviewed and approved all legal documents.
  • Responsible for drafting all work authorizations and statements of work for customer projects.
  • Performed warm sales calls in both an account manager and pre-sales engineer role.
  • Reviewed and responded to all requests for proposal and quote.
  • Maintained all vendor partnerships.

06/2002 – 03/2003 — JAS Networks (Acquired by Iserv in 2006)

06/2002 – 03/2003 — Technical Support Specialist

  • Provide technical support to customers both residential and commercial.
  • Assist with management of servers, and network equipment.
  • Assisted in the implementation and maintenance of OSPF and BGP routing architecture.
  • Assisted in the maintenance of the ATM LANE environment which fed the Paradyne DSLAMs.
  • Maintain database for trouble tickets both internal and with Ameritech.

06/2001 – 03/2002 — Albion College 611 East Porter, Albion, Michigan 49224 517-629-1000

06/2001 – 03/2002 — Network Assistant

  • Provided assistance to the Network and System Administrators with various tasks.

Professional Certifications

January 2, 2012 – Current Red Hat Certified Engineer, RHCE
January 2, 2012 – Current Red Hat Certified System Administrator, RHCSA
March 16, 2009 – March 16, 2012 Cisco Certified Network Associate, CCNA
March 31, 2005 – Current Novell Certified Linux Professional
January 29, 2005 – January 29, 2010 Linux Professional Institute Certified Level 1, LPIC-1
July 16, 2003 – July 16, 2006 Cisco Certified Network Professional, CCNP
July 3, 2003 – July 16, 2006 Cisco Certified Design Professional, CCDP
May 20, 2002 – July 16, 2006 Cisco Certified Design Associate, CCDA
January 18, 2002 – July 16, 2006 Cisco Certified Network Associate, CCNA


2000 – 2002 — Calhoun Area Technology Center 475 E Roosevelt Ave, Battle Creek Michigan 49017 269-968-2271

Computer Networking — Cisco Network Academy Alumnus

1998 – 2002 — Albion Senior High School 225 Watson St, Albion Michigan 49224 517-629-9166

General Education — High School Dipoloma