Rod Peterson AWS Cloud Architect

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Accomplished AWS Cloud Architect with 26 years of experience in client/server testing, systems monitoring and application, infrastructure design, and cost reduction analysis.


Privateer IT, Melbourne, FL
June 2018 - June 2020
AWS Cloud Architect at Department of Defense
  • Architected the Cloud Migration of the USFHP Designated Provider Data Project from Terremark Datacenter to AWS GovCloud environments.
  • Evaluated and implemented these AWS GovCloud services for the DP project: Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Application Load Balancers, AWS CloudTrail, AWS CloudWatch alarms, AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), AWS Elastic IPs, AWS Key Management Service (KMS), S3 Bucket encryption, Security Groups for Production, Test, Development environments, Lambda Snapshot scripts including clean up scripts, Start and Stop Lambda scripts.
  • Created the Systems Administrator Guide and contributed to multiple Engineering Manuals and User Guides.
  • Maintained Identity and Access Management, Deployed as our MFA security, maintained our Amazon Machine Images (AMI), Updated systems, optimized performance, and reduced overall costs.
  • Implemented and maintained Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) Compliance Checker (SCC) so our systems were in compliance with DISA Security Technical Implementation Guidelines (STIGs).

Kforce Government Solutions Inc., Austin, Texas

June 2012 - March 2018
Cloud Architect at Department of Veterans Affairs Austin DataCenter

Dell Inc., Round Rock, Texas

November 2010 - June 2012
Enterprise Technical Support Analyst
  • Enterprise Engineer in the Virtualization Group.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Dell Servers, Blade Servers, Cloud Servers, Storage Arrays, and PowerConnect Switches.
  • Provided solutions with VMware vMotion, Storage vMotion, Storage DRS, High Availability, Fault Tolerance, Fibre/iSCSI storage setup.
  • Specialized in VMware vSphere 4, vSphere 5, Citrix XenServer and SAN analysis.
  • Lead the team in customer satisfaction surveys.
  • Presented to external management teams the Virtualization Group and the solutions we offer.

Usability Sciences Corp., Irving, Texas
October 2003 - June 2010
IT Manager
  • Installed, configured, tested, and deployed completely new Active Directory infrastructure including Exchange 2007, ISA Server 2006, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 Hyper V, DFS, VPN, and FTP; increased uptime to 99.9% from 93%.
  • Converted Developers internal testing lab to Virtual Machines running on ESXi 3.5, then upgraded to ESXi 4.
  • Developed plan to acquire hardware for new infrastructure, ensure proper provisions for storage, and install; led employee training to explain changes and requirements for documentation.
  • Verified compatibility of new systems with existing applications.
  • Administered project budget of roughly $50,000, in addition to annual software/hardware budget of around $15,000.
  • Supported employees in labs by setting up servers, kiosks, firewalls, Web servers, and recording solutions.
  • Oversaw facility expansion from 7,000 to 18,000 square feet, liaising with general contractor and verifying appropriate provisions for electrical and computer systems.
  • Sole Engineer to convert in-house laboratories from analog to digital systems and equipment; gained management’s buy-in for change and expenditure, enhanced quality, and improved efficiency in lab areas.

Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Washington
January 1999 - September 2003
Software Test Engineer
  • Created, updated, and executed test case outlines to locate defects within operating system.
  • Developed clear, complete bug reports and saw bug issues through to resolution and closure.
  • Monitored four public news groups for errors and user issues.
  • Redesigned standard bug layout for use by five teams, improving clarity, conciseness, flow, and user-friendliness of form.
  • Reviewed Windows Server 2003 component test plans written by other teams and made changes/recommendations according to continuous improvement philosophy.
  • Supervised 10 contract testers and trained five new internal employees, delivering presentations designed to increase testing abilities.
  • Created, customized, and implemented technical training program for incoming contractors; documented practices and procedures, thereby reducing training time to two weeks from four weeks.
  • Handled installation, configuration, setup, and user training for RLX Technologies Blade Servers.
  • Designed, documented, and administered network load balanced, terminal services servers for Windows 2000 ship cycle; server cluster consisted of six production machines, whereas none had been running previously.
  • Achieved server uptime of 99.9% with 172 unique users.
  • Increased bug count by 9% in new environment.
  • Developed first plan to test Personal Terminal Services (PTS) now built into Windows XP; PTS team extended coding and increased quality of product because of awareness of new issues.
  • Tested more than 75 applications for Windows 2000 and 2003 terminal services.

Fort Wayne National Corporation, Fort Wayne, Indiana
March 1992 - December 1998
Workstation Analyst   
March 1997 - December 1998
  • Managed Baker Hill Project.
  • Set up Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Servers; designed and implemented rollout plan to more than 300 client PCs; and served as lead analyst for problem resolution.
  • Collected and analyzed data from participating department members, diagnosed problem areas, and coordinated resources to resolve issues.
  • Recommended improvements and reviewed and tested all new software packages.
  • Served as assistant project manager for TCP/IP installation on OS/2.

Systems Administrator   
January 1994 - March 1997
  • Oversaw DIGITAL VAX 4700, two Novell 3.12 Servers, and 85 client PCs.
  • Designed operators’ manual; co-authored Disaster Recovery Plan.
  • Tested new applications for system compatibility.
  • Negotiated hardware acquisition and support agreements for all DEC equipment.


AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate: # V2G1R29KHFBQQM5B
AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner: # PDBKCLV2LBVQ1294
VMware Certified Professional 5 (VCP 5): # 120649
Active T3 Public Trust:  Favorably Adjudicated

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AWS CloudTrail, AWS CloudWatch, AWS Elastic Ips, Security Groups
Lambda scripts, MFA security
S3 Bucket encryption, Amazon Machine Images (AMI)
Application Load Balancers, AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
AWS Key Management Service (KMS), Identity and Access Management (IAM)
Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS)
Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) Compliance Checker (SCC)
DISA Security Technical Implementation Guidelines (STIGs)
VMware vSphere 3.5 to 6.5, VMware vCloud Director
Microsoft Server 2000 up to Microsoft Server 2019
AWS Cloud Architect, AWS Cloud Engineer
AWS Solutions Architect, AWS Solutions Engineer
AWS Infrastructure Engineer, AWS Systems Engineer

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