Lance M. Tost

Lance M. Tost
415 Wheeler Ave., Scranton, PA, 18510

Ever since I was young, I have been interested in computers and technology.  I was always taking things apart to learn how they worked.  At around the age of 10, I got my first computer: TRS-80 Color Computer 2.  I remember my first BASIC program: all it did was loop through all the colors that the TRS-80 could display and change the entire screen to that color for a few seconds.  It was at that time that my passion for tinkering with computers began.

Professional Experience
Sr. Linux Engineer
1/2016 – present
Armada Supply Chain
  • Implemented on-site Check_Mk monitoring providing accurate and meaningful alerting as well as insight into system reliability and performance
  • Provided standardized Linux image for servers
  • Updated vSphere environment, imlpementing new vCenter servers
  • Increased robustness of vSphere environment
  • Implemented VMware SRM
  • Led project to replace MPLS provider
  • Work with vendors on technical solutions and pricing
  • Mentor junior administrators
  • Automate and/or document processes
  • Maintain Linux server environment
  • Manage VMware vSphere environment
  • Manage all enterprise storage
  • Support other business technology needs
Sr. Network Architect
6/2009 – 1/2016
Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc.
  • Re-architected backup environment and methodology to reduce backup times from 4+ days to hours.
  • Increased user satisfaction by implementing snapshots and backup to disk to speed up restore times.
  • Standardized on HP hardware to simplify management.
  • Re-architected and expanded VMware environment, significantly reducing physical server footprint.
  • Recognized a need for a department-wide collaboration tool and implemented Atlassian Confluence Wiki.
  • Researched and implemented a robust server and network monitoring tool which provided tangible benefits in the first couple weeks of deployment.
  • Assist with annual departmental budget
  • Work with vendors on technical solutions and pricing
  • Mentor junior administrators
  • Automate and/or document processes
  • Maintain Windows and Linux server environment
  • Manage VMware vSphere environment
  • Manage all enterprise storage
  • Maintain Cisco-based network including switches, firewalls, and VPNs
  • Manage web proxy/filter and provide usage reports
  • Manage Exchange
  • Manage Active Directory
  • Support other business technology needs
Sr. Monitoring Analyst
6/2008 – 6/2009
Biltmore Technologies (consulting at Sanofi Pasteur)
  • Significant reduction of false-alarm alerts
  • Elimination of unproductive alerts
  • Addition of meaningful alerts that were previously missing
  • Implementation of historical reporting
  • Improvements to object organization allowing for straightforward expansion of system
  • Worked with multiple IT groups to determine their needs
  • Re-deployed NetIQ AppManager
  • Reconfigured all monitoring groups and thresholds
  • Performed software and OS updates
  • Executed MS SQL queries for troubleshooting
Sr. System Engineer
6/2005 – 6/2008
Sanofi Pasteur, Swiftwater, PA
  • Performed server and OS installations and upgrades
  • Recommended server solutions for business projects
  • Worked with IT Business Analysts to design and implement solutions to business problems
  • Created and maintained documentation
  • Participated in Change Management
  • Maintained HP-UX and Linux server environment
  • Managed SAN storage
  • Managed Backups and tape libraries
  • Monitored systems and tuned for performance
  • Created and modified Autosys scheduled jobs
  • Provided 24×7 on-call support on a rotating basis
  • Evaluated new server platforms
  • Troubleshooting
  • Maintained documentation and change management as per company policies
UNIX Engineer III
9/2001 – 6/2005
Respironics (now Philips Healthcare)
  • Researched, selected, and implemented an anti-SPAM and anti-virus email gateway.
  • Evaluated and implemented Hitachi storage array for production SAP environment.
  • Technical lead for project to provide centralized storage for Solaris and Windows servers
  • Maintained Solaris and Linux servers
  • Managed enterprise storage for Solaris and Windows
  • Provided systems-level support for SAP upgrades
  • Evaluated and recommended server and storage platforms
UNIX Systems Architect
10/1998 – 9/2001
BeFree, Inc. (now CJ Affiliate)
  • Successfully architected and implemented a robust, scalable infrastructure to provide a high-speed e-commerce Internet service.
  • Deployed EMC Symmetrix storage arrays.
  • Performed data migrations using EMC TimeFinder and SRDF.
  • Chose and implemented a bug tracking tool and a system monitoring tool.
  • Part of team that planned and built two datacenters.
  • Designed production server and storage environment
  • Installed, configured, and maintained Solaris and Linux servers
  • Managed SCSI and fibre channel storage
  • Create shell and Perl scripts to automate tasks
  • Mentored junior system administrators
Database Administrator / Programmer Analyst
2/1996 – 10/1998
System Automation Corporation, Silver Spring, MD

Offered full-time employment after a successful 8 month internship. Filled various roles including programmer, tester, system administrator, and database administrator.

B.S. Computer Science
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Minored in Mathematics Completed a successful 8 month internship; received offer for full-time employment after graduation.

Linux Server Hacks, Volume 2
O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Contributing “hacks” for book.

I have been using Linux since before kernel version 1. I’ve tried several distributions over the years, but most recently use CentOS and Ubuntu.
Various platforms and technologies over the years including EMC, Hitachi, NetApp, fiber channel, iSCSI, and NFS. Most recently, I have been supporting EMC VNX and NetApp FAS systems as well as EMC Recover Point for replication.
Windows Server
Familiar with versions 2003 – current.
Various platforms including CheckMk, Nagios, Solarwinds, and NetIQ. I enjoy the challenge of creating custom monitors to alert me before my users do.
Scripting and Automation
Experience with bash, perl, php, and a little python.
Most of my work has been with vSphere, but concept are similar between platforms. Recent experience has included vSphere 5.x and 6.x as well as SRM 6.x for disaster recovery.