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Simon Raven


Last update: 07.09.2022

Senior Infrastructure Analyst, Senior Pre-Sales Technical Consultant, Unix Consultant

Graduation: not provided
Hourly-/Daily rates: show
Languages: English (Limited professional)




switches, Oracle/Solaris, backups, Solaris, cloud, Linux/Solaris VM's, Linux servers, azure, databases, Oracle, Oracle T7, VLAN, NetApp, SIEM, Qualys, SolarWinds, DB, SAMBA, NFS, Cyber Security, Unix, SUN, printers

Project history

06/2021 - 08/2022
Client Infrastructure Engineer

Home based role, looking after multiple customers on Oracle/Solaris based
systems/applications, responsible for daily checks and admin tasks, also backups using TSM,
EMC SAN skills. Patching for Solaris based systems but also cloud based Linux/Solaris VM's,
reporting and diagnosing hardware faults and reporting/logging with third parties, meeting
engineers on site to get these fixed in a timely manner. Another role is to assist in
migrating Linux servers into an azure cloud environment, also make OS changes to insure a
smooth transition.

07/2017 - 06/2021
Senior Infrastructure Analyst
Hyde Housing
Hyde Housing
Working as a SC Solaris administrator within the DBA team doing daily administration tasks,
such as daily checks, security issues, patching schedules, OS hardening, keeping
certificates up to date & quarterly password changes. Working as a team we migrated both
Solaris and the databases from Oracle T4 platforms to Oracle T7's, configuring networking,
VLAN, routing, subnetting as Logical Domains understanding of virtualisation technologies
with NetApp/Nimble SAN. Gaining experience in configuring SIEM, Qualys, & SolarWinds also
migrating from NetApp SAN to Nimble SAN from an OS/DB perspective, this also included
setting up a DR environment. Another task was to install, administer and configure SAMBA,
this included setting up shares that linked into the DB also NFS shares to Microsoft
systems. Another task was to work with the IT Cyber Security Manager; I would look after
calls coming into the Security Queue and either deal with or pass on the issues to the
relevant team.

07/2016 - 07/2017
Senior Pre-Sales Technical Consultant
Distributer Systems International
Office based role, supporting the sales team with any technical queries, also
dealing with any hardware and software support calls, over the phone or on site.
Installation from conception, discussing with the customer wants and needs from ordering to
delivery though to a live running environment.

03/2012 - 01/2016
Unix Consultant
Northgate Information Solutions
My current role has required high security clearance and working within a sensitive
environment, communicating with all levels of personnel. Using all types of communication;
email, face to face, conference calls. I have the ability and skill to express knowledge and
experience relevant to the current discussion. Working independently to create, implement
and maintain a major new police system. Joining the team at the start and working towards
the implementation of the live environment which including creating the training
environment. On reflection of the last 4 years, I have enjoyed the challenge of learning
something new and seeing a project from start to completion, thus adding to my engineer
skill base, with a much more administration role. This has increased experience within the
development stage and has given me an increased understanding of the systems enabling a
knowledgeable response to errors and developer's questions on what can and cannot be made.

07/1998 - 03/2012
Technical Specialist
Northgate Information Solutions
Northgate Information Solutions

This role was based in the field with a large amount of travelling to different customers.
This was an engineering role that saw me working on many different systems and hardware
platforms. Problem solving errors and data analysing error logs within a time pressured
environment. I worked on various local government, police and MOD sites, giving me knowledge
and experience of protocols and procedures, including project consultancy which included
logistics and administration of 8 site rollouts. Implementing company policy and assisting
the customer with upgrades and maintenance of live systems. Working with servers and
networks SUN and HP based. 14 years' vast experience on systems within a customer facing
role gave me skills and knowledge that enabled me to progress into a more administration

04/1995 - 07/1998
Senior Engineer
G&A Services
Field based role maintaining SUN microsystems platforms, this was a break fix role where I
was travelling between customers diagnosing and repairing faulty server's, also
installations of single and multiple clustered servers within the customer's needs and
requests, up to and including the E10k and 25k multi server environments.

03/1988 - 04/1995
Server Specialist
Digital Equipment
This was a desktop engineer role replacing and repairing printers, pc's and microvax, this
began my career in IT which started with my hobby and interest in computers. I was fortunate
to have an employer who believed in training and thus learnt quickly how to maintain and
repair hardware.

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