About

Xan Manning

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Linux fanatic, creative type, geek.

During the course of my university education in architecture I made use of verbal and visual communication techniques to varying audiences in both individual and team work situations. I strive towards a satisfied completion of projects but take time to learn and reflect upon the processes undertaken.

In my current role I am a Linux Systems Administrator, provisioning and maintaining web hosting infrastructure on Amazon Web Services tailored to run Drupal. The key focuses of the job is to deliver stable, scalable and reliable hosting that integrates a wide range of Amazon's services to give the customer the best experience. Alongside day-to-day duties I am required to test and document new features and technologies that might enhance a project's performance or functionality.

In my previous role I provided SQL report writing services to our Project Implementation team. Our products use FastReports and Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) for generating reports. In addition, my role included writing SQL scripts for interfacing our software with other solutions. When I was not providing support to our Implementation team, I developed the company's Web Dashboard product written in C# and ASP.NET and the Licensing record system written in PHP. The lateral problem solving nature of architecture and the logical mentality of coding has aided my progression in the field Information Technology.

In brief, I am an eager, self-motivated and multi-disciplined individual always striving to learn and genuinely interested in design processes from the inception to the detailing and the completion.

Education

2011 - 2012 M.Arch Architecture [Accellerated]
Leicester School of Architecture
2010 - 2011 MA (Merit) Architectural Design
Leicester School of Architecture
2006 - 2009 BA (Hons) Architecture
Leicester School of Architecture

Professional Experience

2017 - Centiq: Technical Support Analyst (Operations)

2016 - 2017 Hive Online: DevOps Engineer

Provide support and automation for client cloud environments running in Rackspace and Amazon Web Services. Configuration Management with SaltStack and CFEngine3, automation with Python and AWS API (boto). Manage and monitor CentOS Linux servers running django applications under nginx/uWSGI, with MySQL Database, Redis and RabbitMQ clusters. Migrate older client environments and servers from dedicated and cloud based Rackspace services into AWS.
2015 - 2016 Adaptive Web Limited: Linux SysAdmin, AWS Solutions Architect

Provision, maintain and support Amazon Web Service Infrastructures for clients. Configure Linux web servers for running bespoke Drupal applications using Apache/NGINX with PHP5/HHVM on AWS EC2 instances.
2014 - 2015 Fast React Systems: Project and Implementation Support

Create bespoke reports and program interfaces within FastReact software for customers in SQL. Write reports in FastReport, SSRS and FastReact's Web Dashboard. Developer of the Web Dashboard project, written in C#/ASP.NET/SQL. Lead Developer of the ePR2 licensing system written in PHP/MySQL. LEMP server administrator for the Support Wiki and ePR2 licensing system. Maintainer of the Web Dashboard and ePR2 Git repositories.
2014 Fast React Systems: Software Support Analyst

Provide technical assistance, report bugs to the develpment team, assist QA team with bug testing/modifications. Produce video tutorials documenting new features in Fast React products. Build, administrate and maintain company Knowledgebase/Wiki on a Debian Linux server. Developer of the ePR2 licensing system (PHP, MySQL on LEMP).
2013 - 2014 Griffin Information Systems: First Line Technical Support Agent

Diagnose and identify DSL and Hosting faults, initiate resolution process. Provide technical advise on faults. Fire warden responsibility.
2007 FPCR Environment and Design: General Assistant

Summer work experience between first and second year of undergraduate degree. Involved in CAD drawing, SketchUp modelling and general office responsibilities of filing and archiving.

Certifications

Apr 2015 AWS Technical Professional Accreditation
Aug 2014 edX Honor Code Certificate for Introduction to Linux

Skills

SysAdmin

  • Linux
  • nginx
  • Apache
  • MySQL
  • MongoDB
  • Docker
  • KVM
  • OpenVPN

AWS

  • EC2: Elastic Cloud Compute (VMs)
  • ELB: Elastic Load Balancer
  • RDS: Relational Database Service (MySQL, Aurora)
  • ElastiCache: Memcache
  • S3: Simple Storage Solution
  • Route53: DNS
  • IAM: Identity Access Management
  • VPC: Virtual Private Cloud

Development

  • Vim
  • Git
  • GitLab/GitLab CI
  • Atom
  • Visual Studio
  • SQL Server Management Studio
  • MySQL Workbench

Code

An up-to-date portfolio of Open Source projects is available from https://github.com/xanmanning/

Web Based

  • PHP 5
  • Python
  • MySQL/T-SQL
  • JavaScript (jQuery, Dōjō)

Server/Desktop

  • Python
  • Bash
  • C

Extra Curricular

  • 1st Kyu (Brown belt, double black tip), attends two weekly sessions of Go-Kan-Ryu Karate.
  • Clean full UK driving license.
  • Studying for AWS Certified SysOps Associate Exam.