If you landed here, then you probably want to learn a bit about the person behind it. Let me try and make a nice introduction then. I’m Mihai, a Customer Solutions Architect, former Network/Systems/whatever falls upon my hands engineer, a techie person always eager to learn more and expand his knowledge.

During the course of the years I have touched ground with various Clouds (AWS, Azure, GCP powered by Aviatrix Networking), Linux, BSD, Solaris, Cisco (6500, 7600, ASR9K, Nexus, UCS), Juniper (MX, QFX, Contrail), Security (Linux based firewalls, ASA, SRX, penetration testing / trying out vulnerabilities in API of services or exploits and patching accordingly), Virtualization (VMWare, KVM) and Containers (Docker, Kubernetes, Openshift).

I’m also fascinated with seeing how a blackbox solution works (this means breaking into it, seeing how it’s built, tracing its structure, seeing where the gaps made by the time constraint programming / packaging style nowadays are).

I’m not a programmer despite being able to read code, reverse engineer it, change it or adapt it to my needs.

As I kept always taking notes of all the interesting stuff that I do and the list grew bigger and bigger, I decided that this might be a good opportunity to share part of my technical path with others that maybe are hitting the same issues as I am.

What will basically be around here?

Anything in the lines of:

  • Cloud/MultiCloud
  • Network / Systems Engineering
  • Openshift / Openstack / virtualization / datacenter topics
  • Security (after some sleepless nights I passed the Offensive Security OSCE)
  • Reverse engineering products, solutions, Linux stuff
  • Other topics (I did my own Romanian automated Sour Cabbage solution using a pump, a Raspberry PI, a Relay Board and Home Assistant)

Other projects

  • Made a bootable JunOS USB stick that could flash and upgrade the firmware on underlying HDDs, resyncing the data back, then rebooting and making sure that it does not start again from the external media.
  • IPTV solution for one of my previous employers from ground level deployment (Seachange, Broadpeak CDN, Envivio Encoders, Verimatrix encryption, VMWare + Active Directory on UCS, F5 LB configuration + iRULEs and custom header modifications).
  • Contrail PoC using both vMX and ASR9K in the role of DC Gateway.

How to reach me

You can find me at LinkedIn.
You can also drop me an email mihai {a-t}