Keith Pratola
Senior Systems Architect
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Senior Systems Architect
Atlantic Metro Communications
February 2013 – Present
Parsippany, NJ
Recruited to oversee design, configuration and implementation of cloud and virtualization infrastructure utilizing 50 ESXi hosts and 1K virtual machines. Interface directly with clients to identify and resolve tier 3 escalated issues. Work with vendors/3rd party resources to ensure smooth/error free system operations. Define system requirements, plan and coordinate system updates. Configure and deploy new technologies to enhance system functionality. Report to CTO regarding system status and all achieved project benchmarks.

Key Contributions:
•      Credited for the design and build out of multiple datacenter cloud infrastructures; supervising purchase, configuration and installation of all ESXi servers, network switches, and storage devices.
•      Led process to migrate datacenter from legacy 1 Gb to high speed 10 Gb network backbone, replacing ESXi hosts with zero downtime.
•      Deployed a Highly Available VMware vCloud Director with Management and Resource Clusters, securing machines with vCenter Server Heartbeat, Fault Tolerance, and Load Balancers.
•      Drastically reduced latency and increased performance for a RDS Farm serving 10 locations throughout the U.S. by purchasing/configuring/deploying Tintri, hybrid array solution.
•      Serve as key resource in setting up and maintaining storage and network devices, configuring layer 2 switches and Cisco firewalls, while performing Veeam backups and Zerto for BCDR.
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High-performance, results-oriented VMware engineering professional with 17 years of technical expertise in developing, implementing and managing installation of complex technology  solutions that achieve corporate/client objectives.

Skilled in aligning vendor technology services to meet corporate objectives. Experience in establishing short- and long-range system development goals, including managing fully secured cloud computing environments. Able to interpret end-user needs; and design and develop integrated solutions to meet business requirements and enhance system performance. Skilled coordinating internal/external technology resources to realize deliverables. Excel at delivering customer-focused solutions and guiding projects from initial planning phase to final product release.

Specialties: Data Center Virtualization, Document/Report Generation, Root-Cause-Analysis, Cloud Architecture, System Security Planning, Project/Product Development Management, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning, System Planning, Design & Implementation, Performance Monitoring & Metric Evaluations, Issue Troubleshooting/ Evaluation / Resolution, Systems planning, monitoring, testing, business technology evaluation, system account management, business application support, IT policy/procedure implementation

Certifications: VMware VCP5-DCV / VCAP5-DCA CompTIA A+

Platforms: Windows Server, x86 based Servers, VMware vSphere, ESXi, Blade Systems, Exchange Server, Active Directory, LAN, WAN, Cisco IOS, Arista EOS, Firewall, Security, NetApp, Tintri, Hyper-V, Citrix, IaaS, SaaS, DRaaS, TCP-IP, DNS, DHCP, Linux

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