Summary

Always interested in computer systems as well as computer networks, I have more than 15 years of experience in complex data centers, working on server, storage, network and security topics. I achieved Red Hat, NetApp, VMware, Cisco CCIE and Specialist certifications.

Currently I’m working as Network and Security Architect, and I’m responsible for the security of the whole IT infrastructure. I manage physical and human resources to achieve a secure, high-availability and resilient data center infrastructure for mission critical services.

Before that, I worked as Infrastructure Consultant for NextiraOne, developing customer solutions to evolve data centers into a scalable, reliable, resilient and robust environments. I was a focal point for pre-sales and post-sales business unit developing and implementing data center solutions.

In the past, I worked for Telecom Italia as System Engineer, implementing high availability solutions for mission critical environments and developing server consolidation project to run a multi-server application in a reliable virtual environment.

I can be contacted by email at andrea.dainese@gmail.com.

Specialties

Spoken languages

Italian (mother tongue), English (B2)

Projects

  • Implementing ORGA Prepaid Service Center in Telestet (Athens - GR).
  • VMware server consolidation (more than 250k€ saved).
  • Implementing configuration change management (CFEngine, Puppet).
  • Implementing full centralized authentication.
  • Implementing disaster recovery processes.
  • Optimize WAN networks using QoS and Cisco WAAS solution.
  • Secure guest, corporate and DC networks.
  • Designing and implementing network, security and data center infrastructures.
  • Move Data centers with minimal downtime.

IOU-WEB / UNetLab (www.routereflector.com - www.unetlab.com)

IOU Web Interface is a sort of experiment I wrote. The purpose of my Web Interface is to create and manage Cisco IOU laboratories using a web browser. Today iou-web has more than 1500 daily unique users. People inside big companies like Cisco, Vodafone, Italtel, Dell, IBM, HP, Accenture... are currently using iou-web.

UNetLab can be considered the next major version of iou-web. The software has been rewritten from scratch using latest technologies like jQuery, Bootstrap in a Single-Page app. The major advantage over GNS3 and iou-web itself is about multi-hypervisor support within a single entity. UNetLab allows to design labs using IOU, Dynamips and QEMU nodes without dealing with multi virtual machines: everything run inside a UNetLab host, and a lab is a single file including all information needed.

Currently UNetLab supports many appliances (called nodes) and provides a decoupled Web-UI using REST API. UNetLab is based on PHP, C and Bash scripts.

Experience

09.2015 > today: InfoCert S.p.A. (www.infocert.it)

Type of industry

Service Provider

Job description

I’m working as Principal Network and Security Architect, managing physical and human resources to secure and optimize the whole IT infrastructure.

The performed tasks are

  • Review current IT infrastructure, identify weakness and action plans with minimal impact.
  • Review security policies against international standards.
  • Guarantee SLA for internal and external customers.
  • Implement DR and BC sites.
  • Implement and erogate Cloud based (IAAS/BAAS/DRAAS)

01.2012 > 09.2015: Cerved Group S.p.A. (www.cervedgroup.com)

Type of industry

Financial Services

Job description

I worked as Principal Network and Security engineer, and I had the responsibility for the local and geographic networks, including security appliances like Checkpoint/Imperva firewalls, RADIUS authentication and host isolations.
I was also a backup focal point for server and VMware infrastructure.

The performed tasks were

  • Design and implement network, security and data center infrastructures.
  • Integrate heterogeneous architectures within a same infrastructure.
  • Consolidate infrastructure.
  • Document business processes.
  • Move Data Centers of acquired companies into a main site.

12.2010 > 12.2011: NextiraOne S.r.l. (www.nextiraone.com)

Type of industry

System Integrator

Job description

I worked as Infrastructure Consultant, developing customer solutions to evolve data centers into a scalable, reliable, resilient and robust environment. I was a focal point for pre-sales and post-sales data center business unit.
Some of the customer I worked for include: LuxOttica, Provincia di Foggia, Poste Italiane, Bulgari, Ospedale MG Vannini.

The performed tasks were

  • Storage consolidation (NetApp / EMC / Datadomain).
  • Sizing and Capacity Planning assessment (VMware).
  • Data center transformation, cloud computing (VMware with Cisco UCS).
  • Developing Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery solutions (NetApp, VMware SRM).
  • Developing wireless solutions (Cisco WLC).
  • Developing networking solutions (Cisco VSS, Nexus 2k/5k/7k, Nexus 1000V).

07.2006 > 11.2010: Cerved Group S.p.A. (www.cervedgroup.com)

Type of industry

Financial Services

Job description

as System Engineer, I installed and administered several high availability servers involved in core business activities. I was responsible also for front end services, load balancer, networks, backup, storage (EMC and NetApp) and disaster recovery processes included related security issues.

02.2002 > 06.2006: LabInf S.p.A. (www.labinf.it)

Type of industry

System Integrator

Job description

as System Administrator for Hewlett Packard, I implemented and managed high availability computer systems for mission critical environments in Telecom Italia (TIM) for x86, Alpha and Itanium platform. I also was involved in startup phase of prepaid services for Telestet, an internalization of TIM in Athens.

07.2000 > 02.2002: NetworkingItalia S.r.l. (www.networkingitalia.it)

Type of industry

System Integrator

Job description

as System Administrator, I managed and secured core application servers. I also acted as a system integrator developing enhanced customer solutions. I served on the Board of Directors of NetworkingItalia.

07.1999 > 07.2000: Sapes S.r.l. (www.sapes.it)

Type of industry

Office Automation

Job description

as Software Technician, I installed, configured and customized proprietary Sapes software for customers, identifying their own needs. I also teach customers how to best use Sapes software packages.

Certifications

  • 04.2016 Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center)
  • 03.2015 VMware Certified Professional - Network Virtualization (VCP-NV)
  • 09.2014 VMware Certified Professional 5 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)
  • 07.2013 Cisco Borderless Networks Architecture Design Specialist
  • 03.2013 Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert R&S (CCIE #38620)
  • 11.2011 NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer SAN and Virtualization (NCIE-SAN)
  • 11.2011 NetApp Certified Data Management 7-Mode Administrator (NCDA)
  • 07.2011 Cisco Data Center Architecture Design Specialist
  • 07.2011 Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist
  • 07.2011 Cisco Unified Fabric Technology Design Specialist
  • 07.2011 Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Design Specialist
  • 05.2011 Design Cisco Storage Network Solutions
  • 04.2011 Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)
  • 04.2011 Cisco Unified Computing Technology Design Specialist
  • 01.2011 Cisco Certified Network Associate Voice (CCNA Voice)
  • 09.2010 VMware Certified Professional 4 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP4-DCV)
  • 12.2009 Red Hat Clustering and Storage Management (RH436)
  • 10.2009 Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • 12.2008 Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE 5)
  • 10.2008 Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • 02.2003 Watchguard Certified System Professional (WCSP)

Publications

  • 06.2014 Why WAN accelerators (still) matter? Slides used during "fdt ICT 2012" event in Milan on November the 6th. Topic is how WAN optimizators can still solve problems better than bandwidth upgrade.
  • 09.2013 Designing an Hybrid Data Center Infrastructure: Slides used during "fdt ICT 2013" event in Milan on September the 19th. Topic is how integrate different devices in a data center and avoid unexpected behavior/downtime.

Awards

  • Cisco Champion Data Center 2014 - 2017
  • VMware vExpert 2014 - 2016

Education

  • 02.2017 Cisco ACI Test Drive - Firefly
  • 07.2016 Project Management - InfoCert
  • 11.2015 Cloud University Doctorate - Systematika
  • 06.2011 Implementing Cisco Data Center Network Infrastructure 2 (DCNI-2) - Fast Lane
  • 06.2011 VMware vSphere 4 Design - Magirus
  • 03.2011 Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design (DCUCD) - Fast Lane
  • 07.2010 VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage - ITway
  • 02.2010 Bachelor Degree, Computer Engineering - Politecnico di Milano
  • 12.2009 Red Hat Clustering and Storage Management (RH436) - Red Hat
  • 12.2008 Red Hat Certified Engineer Fast Track (RHCE) - Red Hat
  • 10.2008 Red Hat Enterprise System Monitoring and Performance Tuning (RH442) - Red Hat
  • 05.2007 Hand On Hacking 2 (Zone-H) - NPO Sistemi
  • 02.2004 Tru64 UNIX V5 TRUCluster server configuration and management - Hewlett Packard
  • 02.2004 LSM and RAID Configuration and Management - Hewlett Packard
  • 07.2002 ALPHAServer GS80/160/320 Inst. & Maintenance - Hewlett Packard
  • 07.1999 Scientific High School Diploma - Liceo Scientifico Statale Enrico Fermi