It must have been around 1997 when i inserted a Linux floppy disk into a computer for the first time. A lot has changed in those 20 years since then, but my love for Linux, and enthusiasm while working with it, has not.
I took on my first paid job as a System Administrator about 2 years later - without really knowing what i was doing, but still managing to set up a web and mail hosting server for external customers at a local IT company - i knew that this was the career i wanted to pursue.
After finishing school and military duty, i applied for an apprenticeship in the IT deparment at a television station in Cologne, then moved with them to Berlin after they were bought by an international corporation, and continued working for them for over 10 years - of which 2 years were partially spent in their offices in Amsterdam - rising from the initial position as a Desktop Support Engineer back to System Administrator, and finally to Senior System Administrator.
Coming to the realization that 10 years at one company is a very long time, and that i would rather prefer to work in a fast(er) paced and more technology-oriented business, i decided to leave the broadcast sector and move to online services. Back to where i started, where i love to work.
In 2015, while working on a MVP that was launched separate from the main product, i finally had the opportunity to teach myself "How to Cloud". Since then i've been focusing on cloud infrastructure defined by code, the monitoring of both the system health and service performance, and enabling developers to continuously integrate and deliver their microservices in a reliable and secure fashion.
Exactly what i always wanted to do.
Skills & Proficiency
These are some of the projects i work on in my spare time, which may give you an idea what else i am interested in: