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Damian Connolly

Damian Connolly

Site Reliability Engineering Manager at iTech Media

Upminster, England

I am an IT professional, focused on continuous improvement and system automation.

My most recent project was to migrate legacy platforms to new technology - all existing applications were converted to Docker containers and deployed in a new on-prem Kubernetes environment to create an elastic and self healing platform. This allowed a significant reduction in support hours and call outs. An ELK stack was built to monitor logs and traffic from all systems, with dashboards built for people from various parts of the business to view meaningful statistics.
Previous recent challenges have been to architect, design and implement cost effective cloud-based solutions to scale, secure and capacity plan legacy applications without requiring application redevelopment. Additionally, I have implemented Dev Ops practices across the entire IT Operations team.

Technically proficient, I am a Red Hat Certified Systems Admin (RHCE / RHCSA) with professional experience with most major Linux flavours including Red Hat (and derivatives such as CentOS / Amazon Linux), Fedora, and Ubuntu.

I have implemented and designed solutions across various platforms including Kubernetes, Amazon (EC2 / RDS / S3 / CloudFront), Oracle Cloud (OCI), IBM BladeCenter, HP BladeSystem, VMWare, HP ProLiant & IBM X Series.

I am proficient at working with F5 BigIP products, and have experience of LTM systems running on various platforms ranging from 1600 right through to the VIPRION range, including VE and AWS hosted VE.

I have expertise in several Web and Middleware products including Apache, Nginx, JBoss, Weblogic, Tomcat, and clustered data technologies including Coherence, JGroups & Infinispan. I'm experienced in various Database technologies including MySQL/MariaDB, ElasticSearch and Oracle.

I am embracing the Dev Ops revolution and have experience in Puppet, Ansible, Docker, Git and Python.


  • Site Reliablility Engineer (Contract) (Hotelbeds Group)
  • SRE Tech Lead (iTech Media)
  • Site Reliability Engineer(Contract) (GTA)
  • Owner (Contek Consulting Ltd.)
  • Insurance Infrastructure Architect (CSC)
  • Site Reliability Engineering Manager (iTech Media)
  • Site Reliability Engineer (Datacenter Decommission project) (Hotelbeds)


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