Sebastian H.
New YorkNY
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Cloud Architect and DevOps Engineer / Formerly at Google and Microsoft

I’ve recently left Google to take the plunge into entrepreneurship. In parallel, I consult on Upwork to keep my skills sharp and assist clients of all sizes through their cloud journeys. I’m an experienced cloud solution architect trained in big tech, holding senior customer-facing architecture and engineering roles at both Microsoft and Google. As an expected component of my career, I’ve obtained expert-level certifications in both Google Cloud (GCP) and Microsoft Azure. I also hold an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and believe that it's important for those in technical roles to understand how their solutions fit into an organization’s strategic business goals. If a cloud environment is built incorrectly, it will quickly become a net negative to your business and a drag on profitability. I’ve designed and implemented several production cloud environments, including a highly regulated Azure landing zone at a globally systemic important bank in New York. I’ve also deployed containerized applications using Kubernetes for multiple retailers nationwide. I am a strong advocate for leveraging and teaching best practices for successful cloud deployments at scale including using infrastructure-as-code tooling such as Terraform, defense-in-depth design principles to ensure security at all layers of infrastructure, and incorporating cost management and business KPIs into all of my work. If you are starting or continuing your journey to the cloud, I can advise you on the tradeoffs of your cloud strategy, help you see around hidden corners, and answer questions that are imperative to get correct early to set up your organization for long-term success. In addition to cloud expertise, I will bring you a strong network of talented designers, engineers, and product experts if your vision requires a cross-functional approach. ** Cloud Strategy ** Whether you’ve already started your journey to the cloud or are embarking on a greenfield project, I will help you: - Choose the best cloud vendor(s) and service(s) for your workloads - Determine which workloads are best suited for each cloud, and what should stay in your own data centers (if applicable) - Plan your cloud migration journey with you including enablement activities such as obtaining certifications and building essential team skills - Measure KPIs, build budgets with dashboards that can attribute costs back to departments correctly, and set attainable milestones for each step of your migration - Negotiate with vendors for the best price-to-value ratio for each environment you build ** Cloud Architecture ** After planning your cloud strategy is complete, I can also help you architect your solutions. As a certified professional in both Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure, I will help you design resilient architectures for foundational landing zones, along with workload- or project-specific environments that follow best practices from the ground up. This includes templated, infrastructure-as-code, repeatable processes and deployment pipelines that are built with security in mind from the beginning. If this sounds compelling to you and your organization, reach out to me for a consultation and we can get to work!

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