Sunday, December 15, 2013


Boris Epstein
Somerville (Metro Boston), Massachusetts, US (map)

Phone: 617.816.9654


Extensive experience in IT and programming and good practical ability to apply that experience to real-world problems. Have on several occasions successfully suggested and introduced solutions that have made a qualitative difference to the efficiency and reliability of the system in question. Capable of thinking outside the box and showing initiative. Good ability to see the big picture as well as the details of the immediate task.
Quick learner, capable of rapidly coming up to speed on new technologies. Have a good understanding of logistics, process and technology. Have experience working in small teams where being a jack of all trades is pretty much required and learning new technologies is almost an everyday constant.

Operating Systems: Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, MS Windows, MS DOS, Apollo Aegis, VMS
Programming Languages: C/C++, Pascal, PERL, Ruby, JAVA, UNIX (C-Shell, Bourne, Korn), Tcl/Tk, PHP, Lisp/Scheme
Tools: Netbeans, Eclipse, TogetherJ, Emacs, MS Office, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, FrameMaker, VI
Technologies: MySQL, PostgreSQL, SYBASE, KVM, Xen, VirtualBox, OpenVPN, Oracle RDBMS, CVS, SVN, ClearCase, DSEE, SalesForce, RemedyForce, OTRS, Redmine, Nagios, Zabbix, MediaWiki, Altassian Confluence, NFS, NIS, LDAP, DHCP, Webmin, TCP/IP, iptables, routers/firewalls, etc.
Hardware: IBM-compatible PC, HP, SUN, Mac


August 2012 - present
Cambridge, MA
Work as a system administrator in the US Operations/Customer Support group. Interact with customers world wide on a daily basis. Help develop and improve operational logistics and day to day support and operations methods and procedures.
Support and troubleshoot unique Infiniband-based Cloud infrastructure. Provide technical expertise during all phases of the sales process. Assist with system migration and integration into the ProfitBricks' KVM-based instances.
Work in a highly diverse and challenging environment continually adjusting to the demands of a very aggressively growing successful high-tech startup.

May 2007 - August 2012
Cambridge, MA
Worked as something akin to a one-person IT department for a small cutting-edge research lab. Supported communication and integration needs between the lab and various collaborators. Planed and implemented the lab's hardware and software infrastructure while at the same time provided everyday support to lab's users. Participated in coding lab's internal utilities as well as the publicly available OpenMIMS Analysis Module. Integrated various software and hardware systems for the lab's needs. When necessary fulfilled general office management duties such as scheduling meetings, placing orders, etc.
Played a pivotal role in the lab's transition to a enterprise-level configuration featuring MooseFS-based distributed file storage, functionally segmented network architecture, Subversion-based code control, Bugzilla-based bug tracking, etc. Have a track record of setting up systems and services that sometimes ran for over two years with no downtime.
Beyond officially delineated responsibilities maintained my own privately-run VPN solution to provide connectivity to the lab's employees and collaborators outside the lab.

April 2004 - May 2007
Travel. Educational activities. Occasional freelance projects.Provided technical assistance to several online projects including Cooperative Research and New England JAVA Users Group.In 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina helped coordinate volunteer relief activities in the Gulf and personally participated in those activities.

July 2001 - April 2004
Waltham, MA
Worked as a programmer involved in development and support of the ETMS air traffic management software for the FAA at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA. Specific area of concentration was the CDMcomponent of the ETMS. The tasks included design and development of new functionality, as well as supporting legacy code. A large codebase together with the need for system reliability provide for a challenging task. The code was originally written in Pascal and later migrated to C.
The system was in essence a large transportation management system receiving and reflecting frequent (mostly once-a-minute) updates regarding the status of flights operating over the US airspace. Near realtime requirements were in place for processing and analyzing data which made for an exciting and challenging task.

December 1999 - April 2001
Boston, MA
Performed multiple roles on a daily basis, including those of a senior system designer and developer, Windows NT and UNIX system administrator and web hosting support engineer. Key player in the technology planning and implementation area. As a sole expertise in a number of areas, including object-oriented design and development, networking, network security and systems management, advised other team members on various technology issues.
Main tasks included web site backend implementation for clients, in-house product design and implementation as well as day-to-day activities mentioned above. Most of the coding was done using object-oriented technology, with JAVA as a programming language of choice.
Provided critical insight which allowed to greatly improve stability and efficiency of the internal systems.
Clients included Davox Corporation (now part of Aspect Software), Pilates StoreLobsters-Online, Inc. and others.

September 1999 - January 2000
Medford, MA
Worked as a UNIX administrator in a large-scale web and dataserver hosting facility. Was responsible for maintenance and troubleshooting of multiple industrial-scale UNIX servers in SUN, HP and IBM platforms. Performed database maintenance of SYBASE and ORACLE databases as well as data recovery and general server troubleshooting.

May 1999 - July 1999
GTE International (currently part of Level3 Communications)
Cambridge, MA
As part of the Y2K team worked on the remediation of custom SUN Solaris machines hosting clients' mission-critical WWW sites and applications. Complex upgrades and modifications had to be accomplished requiring an absolute minimum in customers' downtime. Tasks included upgrades of the OS, DB servers and various other third-party software. Custom scripting and coding was often required to facilitate the necessary transition.

November 1995 - May 1999
Cambridge, MA
Originally hired as an outside contractor. Accepted a permanent staff position in a three months' time. Throughout my whole tenure was a critical part of a small and continually overtasked team. Responsibilities included day-to-day maintenance and support of a network of UNIX hosts. Maintained code control systems. Designed and implemented a data backup/archival system for in-house use. Created web pages using HTML, PERL and JAVA. With the emphasis on publicly available software restructured the environment to optimize and economize the development and production process. Modified publicly available software for local needs using C, Tcl/Tk, PERL, JAVA, etc. Was also involved in equipment and software installation and support at client sites. Worked with medical applications and protocols including DICOM, ISG's VRS graphical application and AWARE wavelet compression. Wrote system installation and maintenance scripts. Modified and integrated various third party software packages. Worked with multimedia devices in medical data capture/processing systems. Set up and supported LANs and WANs.

July 1992 - November 1995
Kenan Systems Corporation (currently part of Alcatel-Lucent)
Denver, CO - Cambridge, MA
Participated in database design of SYBASE databases.As part of a product team supported development effort in a heterogeneous UNIX environment. Oversaw the operation of a distributed development environment which included multiple geographically disjoint locations. Wrote a suite of PERL scripts that encompassed the local customizations to ClearCase as required by the project. Other responsibilities included release/code management using ClearCase code control system, SYBASE database administration, system design activities.

Summers of 1990 and 1991
Cambridge, MA
Participated in the development of ATMS (Automated Traffic Management System), an air traffic management and control system for the FAA. Coding was done in Pascal against a proprietary database. The network consisted of a multitude of Aegis hosts on the Apollo platform. The development was done under DSEE as an integrated code control and management environment.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1969. Have lived in the US since 18 years of age. Attended Tver University (website in Russian) in Tver, Russia; Boston University and University of Massachusetts at Amherst graduating in 1992 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics/Computer Science.

Available upon request.