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Rob Pleau
DevOps Engineer / Platform Engineer

About

Security oriented DevOps/Platform Engineer with over 10 years of experience in automation. Driven by a desire to continually optimize processes, learn, and share knowledge. Experienced in designing, implementing, and managing complex cloud and container infrastructure and associated CI/CD pipelines. A seasoned coder, skillful in scripting and Infrastructure as Code (IaC).

Work Experience

Rockstar Games
Hybrid
August 2023 – Present
Senior DevOps Engineer
Support infrastructure and automation for the Rockstar Social Club online game platform.
Highlights
  • Migrated code repositories and pipelines from Gitlab and Bamboo to Github and Github actions.
  • Assisted in design of Terraform IaC for deployment of infrastructure.
  • Created Chef cookbooks to configure and manage infrastructure.
Lacework
Remote
March 2022 – August 2023
Solutions Engineer
Consult with customers to design and implement Lacework's cloud security platform.
Highlights
  • Worked with AWS, Azure, and GCP customers to design and implement Lacework's cloud security platform within their environments.
  • Developed custom tooling using Go, PowerShell, and Python. This included building a new integration to Azure DevOps as well as a Go utility for customers to pull aggregated GCP compliance reports.
  • Utilized Terraform and CloudFormation to deploy components of Lacework.
  • Leveraged Helm Charts and DaemonSet deployments for Kubernetes deployments.
  • Assisted internally with product and engineering organization on new features and product enhancements.
FM Global
Remote
August 2021 – March 2022
Technical Product Owner
Led the Cloud Platform and Cloud Operations teams as a Technical Product Owner during large scale Digital Transformation.
Highlights
  • Led two teams of engineers through a large scale Digital Transformation project. Gather product team feedback and requirements to synthesize into the backlog(s) for sprint planning.
  • Standardized Terraform as IaC framework and architected repository structure and pipelines for cloud infrastructure.
  • Developed internal Terraform modules to create re-usable Azure components for other teams.
  • Designed and deployed initial data tier architecture for Azure SQL, PostgreSQL, and Azure Data Factory.
  • Developed initial AKS infrastructure and worked with product teams to deploy initial application workloads.
FM Global
Hybrid
June 2017 – August 2021
Lead DevOps Engineer
Pioneering member of the DevOps team tasked with working with product teams on designing and implementing CI/CD processes. Architected new and modern processes for Infrastructure as Code and Configuration as Code.
Highlights
  • Assisted in building out the initial CI/CD pipelines for both existing brownfield applications as well as greenfield applications.
  • Led the effort to migrate the entire development organization transition to Git.
  • Built initial life cycle and processes for support of CentOS Linux workloads within the environment for new Linux native applications.
  • Led the 'Configuration as Code' project to standardize all Linux and Windows configuration management from DSC and Ansible to Salt Stack.
  • Evangelized building a DevOps/DevSecOps culture within the organization and took point on working with Human Resources to develop the new job families.
FM Global
Johnston, RI
November 2011 – June 2017
Lead Automation Engineer
Managed and maintained internal server and virtual infrastructure. Leveraged automation to reduce manual tasks and improve efficiency. Worked with various teams to implement new technologies and improve existing processes.
Highlights
  • Completely automated internal server provisioning process reducing time to provision from 5 days to 15 minutes.
  • Developed a process to automate the setup of the NetApp storage arrays for disaster recovery tests, reducing setup from 8 hours to 15 minutes.
  • Implemented Git version control as the standard for all infrastructure scripts and code.
  • Automated most aspects of on-premises server and VMware ESXi host patching.
  • Created supporting administration tooling for 4 teams to reduce toil of manual tasks, increase efficiency, and reduce errors.
Techsnips.io
Remote
April 2018 – December 2019
Content Contributor
Techsnips content contributor.
Highlights
  • Created tech snip videos of various DevOps and scripting topics.
Atrion Networking
Warwick, RI
March 2010 – November 2011
Advanced Systems Specialist
Staff augmentation at FM Global assisting client and server teams with various new and ongoing projects.
Highlights
  • Completed P2V process for all remaining Microsoft SQL servers.
  • Took the lead of the monthly Windows patching process for all Windows servers.
eClinicalWorks
Westborough, MA
March 2009 – March 2010
Network Administrator
Managed and maintained internal network and server infrastructure for all internal corporate systems.
Highlights
  • Facilitated the migration to an entirely new Active Directory domain.
  • Implemented OpenFire chat server for the company to have internal corporate instant messaging.
  • Standardized all internal client and server hardware to Dell.
  • Implemented new routing and switching infrastructure to replacing aging equipment.
  • Automated deployment and configuration of trainer tablets for the training department.
Tinio Consulting
Bellingham, MA
November 2008 – March 2009
Consultant Engineer
Provided IT consulting services to small businesses in the eastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island area.
Highlights
  • Deployed Microsoft SBS solutions running Exchange, Active Directory / Active Directory DNS, DHCP, and 3rd party software for clients.
  • Deployed and managed Linux servers and services including DHCP, DNS, Apache, MySQL, Joomla CMS, Cacti, and LTSP.
  • Assisted clients with various IT projects and troubleshooting.
FM Global
Johnston, RI
February 2008 – July 2008
Co-Op Data Network Engineer
Assisted the Data Network team with Cisco switch upgrades and project work.
Highlights
  • Staged and configured Cisco Catalyst 6509e switches for branch office replacement.
  • Sized corporate network for Cisco Wide Area Application Engine (WAE) deployment.

Volunteer

PowerShell + DevOps Summit 2018
April 2018 – April 2018
Speaker
Creating PowerShell Projects and More with Plaster
PowerShell + DevOps Summit 2023
April 2023 – April 2023
Speaker
Linux Shell Debates or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love PowerShell
The DevOps Collective
January 2019 – Present
Volunteer
Volunteer with The DevOps Collective to help organize OnRamp related tasks for the PowerShell+DevOps Global Summit.
Highlights
  • PowerShell + DevOps Summit 2019 OnRamp Buddy System Organizer.
  • PowerShell + DevOps Summit 2020 OnRamp Scholarship Program Organizer.
Agile RI
July 2017 – July 2019
Volunteer Speaker
Speaker for Agile RI
Highlights
  • Co-speaker on how to build a DevOps culture in your organization.
P-Tech
January 2017 – December 2019
Volunteer Mentor
Highlights
  • Volunteer Mentor for PCTA student providing career and college readiness guidance.

Contact

Uxbridge, Massachusetts US
(508) 498-2648
LinkedIn
GitHub

Education

  • 2005 2008

    New England Institute of Technology

    Bachelor of Science (BS)

    Network Engineering

Skills

CI/CD
Git Branching Strategies Release Patterns (Canary, Blue/Green, Ring, etc) Custom Step Authoring (Github Actions/Azure DevOps Pipelines) Static Application Security Testing (SAST) Software Composition Analysis (SCA) Testing Strategies (Unit, Integration, Functional, etc) Octopus Deploy Artifactory Git Providers (Github, Gitlab, Bitbucket, Azure DevOps)
IaC/CaC
Salt Stack Ansible Chef Terraform Enterprise Modules IaC Code Security Scanning
AWS
EKS Lambda IAM RDS S3 ECR SQS SNS EC2 ECS Fargate CloudFormation CloudTrail Control Tower
Azure
Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS) Azure Landing Zone architecture Azure VMs and VMSS Azure App Services Azure Function Apps Azure Container Registry (ACR) Azure Active Directory Azure Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) Azure Data Factory Azure SQL/Postgres Azure Resource Management (ARM) Azure CLI (az cli) Azure Container Instances (ACI)
Linux
Debian Ubuntu Red Hat Rocky Linux CentOS Arch Linux Shell/Bash Scripts
Windows
Windows Server 2016+ Windows Server automation
Concepts
Scrum Kanban Backlog management TCP/IP 4 Golden Signals
Docker/Kubernetes
Kubectl Helm Docker Compose Docker Swarm Docker CLI
PowerShell
Modules Functions Classes CI/CD Pipelines DSC Inline C#/.Net
Python
Scripts Functions
Go
CLI Tools Cobra Binaries/Packages
IDEs
NeoVim/Vim/Vi Visual Studio Code Visual Studio Langage Server Protocols (LSP) Debug Adapter Protocols (DAP)

Publications

The PowerShell Conference Book
LeanPub
08 September 2018

Chapter author of: "Scaffolding PowerShell Projects and More with Plaster".

The PowerShell Conference Book: Volume 3
LeanPub
10 October 2020

Chapter author of: "Spice Up Your Console Output or Prompt with ANSI".

Blog
Self
01 January 2017

Blogger of Linux, PowerShell, etc.

Interests

Linux 🐧
Kayaking 🚣
Brewing 🍺
Mechanical Keyboards ⌨
Coding 👨‍💻