Mike Shade

DevOps Engineer

Alexandria, VA
[email protected]


I am a DevOps engineer with a passion for automation, reliability, and solving complex problems simply. I love to glue things together to make everyone's job easier. I take pride in communicating effectively to audiences of all types, distilling complex ideas down to their essence. I bring more than 10 years of experience designing infrastructure and successfully supporting many kinds of production workloads and technologies.

Work Experience

The Motley Fool

Devops Engineer

June 2018 - Present


Helping make the world smarter, happier, and richer

  • Develop, rollout, and support CI/CD processes for Python (Django and others) and .NET Core Apps
  • Manage, develop, and support Kubernetes / Docker / Linux / .NET hosting infrastructure
  • Containerize existing and automate creation of new projects
  • Help our developers work smarter, faster, and more effectively
  • Manage our customer facing web infrastructure from edge to edge to provide content to Fools all over the world

Forum One

Sr. System Administrator

April 2011 - June 2018


A full-service web design and technology consulting firm

  • Design highly available, scalable infrastructure for PHP / Python / Django / Node / Docker-based applications on AWS
  • Decrease time required to manage, deploy, and maintain infrastructure with CloudFormation, SaltStack, and Puppet
  • Develop and support workflow with Docker and Vagrant for continuous delivery pipeline via Jenkins
  • Participate in agile Scrum development methodology
  • Advise clients on infrastructure management, planning, and scaling
  • Provide solution guidance to business development team
  • Client-facing support, consulting, and incident response
  • Manage internal IT staff, provide career development mentorship, and technical guidance

Forum One

System Administrator

April 2007 - April 2011

  • Supported cloud and dedicated infrastructure for hosting of Drupal / Wordpress / PHP sites
  • Participated in on-call rotation
  • Managed dedicated and cloud servers
  • Vendor management
  • Managed internal IT operations

Omniplex World Services Corporation

Technical Support Specialist

March 2006 - April 2007


Provider of investigative services to public and private sector agencies nationwide

  • Supported secure operations of country-wide fleet of IT systems
  • Help Desk support
  • IT lifecycle support and management

Notable Projects

Peace Corps

Infrastructure Design, Administration

2016 - 2018


Django / Wagtail CMS application hosting

  • Design and implementation of auto-scaling and highly available infrastructure to host high profile Python application
  • Support ongoing operations
  • Ensure FISMA compliance of hosting environment
  • Support continuous integration and deployment pipeline

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Infrastructure Design, Application Support

2008 - 2018


Multi-technology application presenting impactful and highly publicized public health data

  • Multiple iterations of infrastructure, from single and multi-instance, to auto-scaling AWS platform to handle yearly spikes
  • MapBox / TileMill stack for map production
  • AngularJS single page application
  • PHP (Laravel) API backend
  • Drupal frontend
  • Multiple layers of caching for each app component, including edge CDN, Memcached, and Database layers
  • Support continuous integration and deployment


Infrastructure Consultant

2014 - 2018


Provide expert guidance on infrastructure development and ongoing improvements to support large-scale Drupal application

  • MySQL database replication support, optimization, tuning
  • Caching strategies with CDN to improve application performance
  • Incident log and metric analysis to determine causes of and remedies to performance issues

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Infrastructure Design, Administration

2010 - 2018


Drupal Application hosting for client with large volumes of high profile content and media

  • Design and implementation of auto-scaling and highly available infrastructure to host Drupal application.
  • Support growing patterns of international traffic
  • Tiered caching strategy comprised of edge CDN, Memcached, and Database layers
  • Support continuous integration and deployment



  • Kubernetes / Docker Swarm
  • Docker
  • CICD, automation
  • Linux of all breeds
  • Vagrant / KVM / VMWare
  • AWS / GCP / Rackspace Cloud

Orchestration / Management

  • SaltStack / Puppet
  • CloudFormation / Salt Cloud
  • Log Aggregation, Metrics with Splunk / GrayLog / CloudWatch
  • Datadog / Prometheus
  • Jenkins CICD


  • MySQL / PostgreSQL
  • ElasticSearch
  • Apache Solr
  • RDS

Caching / HA / Delivery

  • Varnish / Nginx / Apache
  • Redis / Memcached / ElastiCache
  • HAProxy / ELB / ALB
  • CDNs: CloudFlare / Fastly / CloudFront

Programming / Tools

  • Python
  • Bash
  • Perl
  • PHP
  • Git / Source Control


  • DNS / Route53
  • SMTP / SES
  • LAN / WAN Networking / VPC
  • Firewalls / iptables / Security Groups


Intro to Python and Django


Training on development with Python and Django framework to further understanding for infrastructure support

SaltStack Certified Engineer


Certification 0x0414F5F9

Red Hat Certified Engineer, RHEL5


Certification 805008376234889

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

2002 - 2003


  • Guitar: Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock, Funk!
  • Open Source technology, philosophy
  • Personal Finance / Investing
  • Photography
  • Hiking / Travel