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SUMMARY

  • Certified Professional Network Engineer with over 25 years experience in enterprise network and security solutions, service provider infrastructures, and data-center technologies.
  • Knowledge-sharing advocate, I have mentored many interns and junior engineers during my career, and also created my independent technical blog to share my skills and experience with others IT professionals.
  • Network consulting expertise including a proactive approach to ensure that the proposed solutions meet business needs. I have designed, implemented, operated, and optimized numerous network solutions in various environments such as banks, hospitals, academic campuses, government agencies, supermarket chains, five-star hotels, stadiums (WiFi), services providers, SMEs, and large national and international companies.
  • Extensive experience deploying and operating network services such as voice over IP, IPTV (unicast and multicast), and servers/services load balancing at both enterprise and services provider scale.
  • Deep knowledge of various network monitoring systems, telemetry, performances measurement and statistics, network resources capacity planning, incident detection and reporting, and ticketing services.
  • Constant learner, I embraced the shift towards network automation and software-defined networks as of 2017 and obtained one of the first certifications in this area in April 2018. One example of my work on this topic, published on the Cisco DevNet Code Exchange, is available on my GitHub repository.
  • I am also honored to have been selected for three consecutive years (2019-today) as a member of the Cisco Champions Program. A program that brings together influencers of the IT/networking industry, to share knowledge, evaluate existing products and services, or discover and give feedbacks on new products.

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS

Cisco

Meraki

    • CMNA – Certified Meraki Networking Associate
    • CMNO #00177 – Certified Meraki Network Operator

Huawei

    • HCSA IP Network

Miscellaneous

    • IPv6 Forum Gold Certified Network Engineer
    • SonicWALL CSSA – Certified SonicWALL Security Administrator
    • Novell Supervisor certified – Novell NetWare 3.11 (Yes! This was during dinosaur times…) 

Obtained but replaced or discontinued Certifications

    • Cisco Network Programmability Design and Implementation Specialist – replaced by the DevNet certification program, in 2020.
    • Cisco CCNP Routing & Switching – replaced by CCNP Enterprise, in 2020.
    • Cisco CCDP – replaced by Cisco Certified Specialist Enterprise Design, in 2020.
    • Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching – replaced by CCNA, in 2020.
    • Cisco CCDA – discontinued by Cisco in 2020, with no equivalent.
    • Cisco CCIP (Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional) – replaced by CCNP-SP, in 2014.

HONORS & AWARDS

Cisco

    • DevNet Class of 2020The DevNet Class of 2020 badge recognizes software and automation professionals who earn a DevNet Certification during the program’s inaugural year. Holders of the DevNet Class of 2020 badge are recognized as early adopters of automation technologies and are key influencers in the DevNet community. It is a symbol that recognizes those who lead by example and possess the drive to keep pace with technology, innovate through lifelong learning, and accelerate business transformation.
    • Cisco Champion 2019, 2020, 2021 – Cisco Champions are a group of highly influential technical experts who generously enjoy sharing their knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco. The Cisco Champion program encompasses a diverse set of areas such as Data Center, Internet of Things, Enterprise Networks, Collaboration, and Security. Cisco Champions are located all over the world.

EDUCATION and WORK EXPERIENCE

 

Timeline from today

February, 2019

Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), ETH Zürich, Lugano, Switzerland

Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), ETH Zürich, Lugano, Switzerland

Senior Network and Security Engineer

Feb 2019 – Today

Senior Network and Security engineer in the High-Performance Computing (HPC) engineering unit.

Sharing time between network and security operations, and network engineering for projects related to advanced and secure HPC network solutions.

May, 2014

Swisscom, Bellinzona, Switzerland

Swisscom, Bellinzona, Switzerland

Senior Network Consulting Engineer

May 2014 – Jan 2019

Senior network consulting engineer for enterprise customers on routing, switching, wireless and security solutions based on Cisco, Huawei, and Meraki products.

  • Support of pre-sales, sales, and design teams for customer advice and solutions.
  • Development of network architectures, technical solutions, designs, and detailed specifications on borderless networks and/or managed services for LAN, WAN (MPLS/VPN), WLAN, and security.
  • Implementation of technical network solutions, system integration, and consulting for national and international enterprise customers, from the first project meeting to the final tests, ready for operation.
  • Participation in the development and enhancements of Swisscom’s innovative products and services.
May, 2011

Ticinocom SA – Internet Services Provider, Muralto, Switzerland

ticinocom

Head of Network Engineering & Operations

May 2011 – Apr 2014

Lead of network engineering and operations:

  • Operation and optimization, capacity planning, documentation, and security of the national core network, broadband access, Voice, and TV over IP platforms.
  • Peering manager, edge routing operation and maintenance. Main contact with upstreams and contents providers, and RIPE for IP and AS allocations.
  • Projects management and R&D for new products and services.
  • Top-level support for network incidents and security.
  • Co-management of the servers for central network services: AAA/IAM, DHCP, DNS, NMS, etc.
  • Close collaboration and training of the system engineers and the support team.
September, 2010

Interroll, Group Headquarter, San’Antonino, Switzerland

Interroll, Group Headquarter, San’Antonino, Switzerland

Senior Network and Systems Engineer

Sep 2010 – May 2011

Senior Systems and Network engineer in the HQ central IT team.

  • Design, audit, changes-management, and capacity planning of the company WAN (30 sites worldwide) in close collaboration with the provider of the MPLS/VPN network.
  • Network engineering, operations, improvements, and security of the branch offices and subsidiaries LANs for the entire company. Very close collaboration with the local IT teams.
  • Co-management of the servers for network central services: DHCP, DNS, AAA/IAM, NMS, proxy, and content filtering servers.
  • Top-level support for network incidents and security.
  • Worked closely with the systems engineers and support team. I supported them in case of high demand or during peak hours.
August, 2008

IMD Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland

IMD Business School

Senior Network and Security Engineer

Aug 2008 – Aug 2010

Senior Network and Security Engineer in the IS/IT team.

  • Lead of operations, security, and engineering of the entire wired and wireless campus network, composed of seven buildings and two data centers.
  • Co-management, in collaboration with the IS team, of the servers for network central services: DHCP, DNS, AAA/IAM, NMS, etc.
  • Responsible for the domain-names provisioning, reservation, and operations, including the SSL/TLS certificates operations (orders, renew, changes), and servers load-balancing.
  • Mentoring a less experienced network engineer.
  • Top-level support for network and security incidents.
  • I also participated as a technical consultant on the SEO project with the marketing dept.
January, 2003

VTX – Internet Services Provider, Pully, Switzerland

VTX – Internet Services Provider, Pully, Switzerland

Senior Network Engineer

Jan 2003 – Jul 2008

Principal network engineer for operations and expansion of the national IP network composed of more than 100 points of presence and three data centers.

  • Design, operations, troubleshooting, optimization, and security of the entire network: national MPLS/IP core, broadband access platforms, branch offices LANs, and multiple data centers.
  • Peering manager; main contact with upstream providers, RIPE, customers, and partners for BGP peerings, edge routing, AS numbers, and IP allocations.
  • Top-level support for incidents and security, on-call rotation service.
  • Mentoring of less experienced network engineers and interns.
January, 2001

UPC Cablecom – Internet Services Provider, Morges/Yverdon, Switzerland

UPC Cablecom – Internet Services Provider, Morges/Yverdon, Switzerland

Network Engineer

Jul 2001 – Dec 2002

Network engineer for the French-speaking part of the country.

  • Network operations and peering manager for Urbanet SA: regional CATV Internet service provider in the french part of Switzerland.
  • Technical lead on the integration project of Urbanet network (AS8493) into UPC-Cablecom national network (AS8404).
  • Involved in UPC-Cablecom network operations for the national MPLS/IP network expansion and maintenance.
  • Top-Level support for business customers.
June, 1995

VTX – Internet Services Provider, Pully, Switzerland

VTX – Internet Services Provider, Pully, Switzerland

Network Manager

Jan 1996 – Jun 2001

Inception of the IP network of one of the first private internet services providers in the French part of Switzerland:

  • Management, design, capacity planning, operations, and security of the entire network, including WAN, LAN, and the two data-centers.
  • Peering manager; main contact with upstream providers, RIPE, customers, and partners for BGP peerings, routing, AS numbers, and IP allocations.
  • On-call rotation service for incidents and security.
  • Co-management of the servers for central network services: AAA, DNS, and Network Management systems.
  • First, then second level customer support.

Customer Support

Jun 1995 – Dec 1995

Responsible for the French customer support for Videotex CPE (Swiss terminals).

January, 1995

Arches IT School, Lausanne, Switzerland

Novell NetWare

Novell NetWare Supervisor and IT infrastructure Manager Specialization

Jan 1995 – May 1995

  • Field Of Study: IT infrastructure management, Novell NetWare installation and supervision (IPX/SPX).
  • Degree: Certified Novell Supervisor, and Certified IT infrastructure manager.
January, 1994

W.Wyss & Fils SA, Lausanne, Switzerland

W.Wyss & Fils SA, Lausanne, Switzerland

Electronics Specialist for an arcade and pinball company

Jan 1994 – Oct 1994

Ten-month contract in a small company as a technician for arcade games and pinball machines.

September, 1989

Technical and Vocational School, Lausanne, Switzerland

Technical and Vocational School, Lausanne, Switzerland

Apprenticeship in Electronics

Sept 1989 – Jun 1993

  • Field Of Study: Electronics Specialist.
  • Degree: Federal diploma of vocational education and training in Electronics.
  • School sports award in 1989 and 1993.