It must have been around 1997 when i inserted a Linux floppy disk into a computer for the first time. A lot has changed in those 20 years since then, but my love for Linux, and enthusiasm while working with it, has not.
I took on my first paid job as a System Administrator about 2 years later - without really knowing what i was doing, but still managing to set up a web and mail hosting server for external customers at a local IT company - i knew that this was the career i wanted to pursue.
After finishing school and military duty, i applied for an apprenticeship in the IT deparment at a television station in Cologne, then moved with them to Berlin after they were bought by an international corporation, and continued working for them for over 10 years - of which 2 years were partially spent in their offices in Amsterdam - rising from the initial position as a Desktop Support Engineer back to System Administrator, and finally to Senior System Administrator.
Coming to the realization that 10 years at one company is a very long time, and that i would rather prefer to work in a fast(er) paced and more technology-oriented business, i decided to leave the broadcast sector and move to online services. Back to where i started, where i love to work.
In 2015 the launch of a new product, intentionally separated from everything we had done before, finally gave me the opportunity to teach myself "How to Cloud". So today i am continuously integrating and delivering microservices in containers to our infrastructure-as-code defined cloud platform, while monitoring both the system health and service performance.
Exactly what i always wanted to do.
Skills & Proficiency
These are some of the projects i work on in my spare time, which may give you an idea what else i am interested in: