Jason Riedel

Leader, Developer, and Cloud Architect

I am a genuine, compassionate, customer & culture focused technology leader with significant experience building, scaling, and running Development teams and Cloud Platforms at companies like PayPal, eBay, and Symantec. At these companies I managed, mentored and lead numerous engineers to build highly available, and scalable infrastructure, software, platforms & distributed systems for a variety of business requirements against intense deadlines. Over the last 20 years I have worked as a Cloud Architect, Software Engineer, Network Engineer, and Systems Engineer, which enables me to relate well to all technologists in any conversation against any business problem. As an architect I build strong relationships, earn peoples trust & respect, and display impressive passion and technical acumen for designing highly available and scalable cloud infrastructure, software and distributed systems. I am passionate about developing people & building a strong culture that enables people to realize their full potential and unleash their very best performance for the company and themselves. It is these cornerstones that enable me to make a significant positive impact on any person or project I encounter.

Work Experience


Cave Creek, AZ
Co-Founder & CTO

Co-Founder & CTO at Aspireship - Career Acceleration For The Modern Workforce.


Cave Creek, AZ
Sr. Manager, PCE
2018 - 2019

Started and managed the elite Public Cloud Engineering team covering all things GCP, Azure and AWS.


Cave Creek, AZ
Director, Architect
2016 - 2018

I am an architect, developer, manager, mentor, and leader for teams of engineers that collectively make up the world class Cloud Platform and Engineering team for Symantec Enterprise. We design, build and run AWS & Openstack clouds and in house developed platform services for enterprise security products with a security first mindset.


  • Successfully architected & implemented our AWS architecture and married it to our private Openstack cloud to create a cohesive hybrid cloud.
  • Lead architect and developer of our Cloud Intelligence Service (CIS a CMDB) to provide data driven insight and enable automation, provisioning, environment consistency, security, audit through change history and environment optimization and efficiency. (Languages used: Go & Python)
  • Lead architect for the Symantec Enterprise products Resiliency team, aimed at increasing resiliency of all SaaS products across our portfolio.
  • Lead architect for Event Services part of our Common Cloud platform used by Symantec Enterprise Security products for foundational services such as request routing, event processing / rules engine, identity, inventory, licensing, provisioning and more.
  • Additionally, I oversee the architecture of critical cloud platform services such as DNS, identity services (LDAP/AD), show back billing (Cloud Health), cloud hygiene products such as Cloud Custodian, Janitor Monkey, and Security Monkey. As well as logging & metrics services using ELK + Influx & Grafana, our container platform Docker, Openshift & Kubernetes, image management and Big Data services (Kafka/Storm/Hadoop).

Technologies we are using :
  • AWS, Openstack, OpenContrail, Calico, CEPH
  • Puppet, Ansible, Rundeck, Scalr, Kubernetes, Docker, Openshift
  • ELK (Elastic Search, Logstash, Kibana), Kafka, Storm, InfluxDB, Grafana, Hadoop, MongoDB
  • Midpoint, Spinnaker, Janitor Monkey, Cloud Custodian, Cloud Health, Security Monkey and more.


Scottsdale, AZ
Sr. MTS Architect
2005 - 2016

Lead Operations Architect for the following efforts:

  • The Metro Datacenter program. As part of that I developed & implemented highly available infrastructure, datacenter, and application deployment patterns to scale our site by designing patterns to take advantage of stateful and stateless application characteristics.
  • A small elite team that designed & implemented Global Traffic Management capabilities for traffic routing between Availability Zones on failure.
  • The PayPal production DR (Disaster Recovery) program. I created the architecture & implementation plans for new infrastructure, application deployment patterns and datacenter designs.
  • Replatforming. Which was an initiative to re-write the production PayPal software servicing payments to enable high availability and scalability. To do this we implemented an in-memory NoSQL datastores, Journaling databases, and read only replicas.
  • A home grown NoSQL in memory only state-machine that provided fast, consistent data with high availability at incredible scale.
  • A home grown layer 7 router / proxy that replaced the sites front end routing and provided additional security & availability through automated retry of failed requests.
  • The entire PayPal Checkout vertical including things like ship 2 funds
  • Point of Sale. Handled all aspects of operational deployment and architecture for the PayPal POS platform. Currently deployed & in use at Home Depot, Radio Shack, Baby's R Us and other retailers.
  • Capacity/Scalability efforts to reach X PPS (Payments Per Second) almost ever year)
  • Caching for the Risk vertical using Terracotta
  • Re-pooling an effort to re-allocate production resources for capacity, performance, and availability
  • Message bus architecture based on Apache MQueue
  • Provided Root Cause Analysis, drove restoration & remediation plans for significant site outages.
Code Projects:
  • Built tools in mainly Python to manage the PayPal site fleet including, but not limited to the management of our bare-metal, hypervisors, virtual machines, load balancers, storage, networking, and databases.
  • Wrote code to publish data into our configuration management service/system (CMDB) to enable various audit, remediation, and automation of our fleet.
  • Wrote automation for generating firewall rules.

Numerous positions

DevOps Engineer & Architect

Please see Linked for a complete list of job history


Top Skills



Expert, 19 years
Linux admin since 1997. Familiar with Slackware, Redhat (all flavors), Ubuntu, Gentoo, and Unix's FreeBSD, Solaris, AIX etc.

Private & Public Cloud

Expert, 12 years
I've worked with AWS, Openstack, VmWare, Kubernetes, and Docker. Supporting private datacenters for ISP's (Cable, DSL and Dialup), PayPal, eBay, and Symantec.


Advanced, 17 years
Strengths: Python, Go, Perl, PHP. Also familiar with Ruby, Java, C, C++, Objective-C and Web languages (HTML, CSS, Javascript)

Other Skills

Python Go
AWS Openstack VmWare Docker Kubernetes
Puppet Ansible Terraform Spinnaker Jenkins
MySql MongoDB ElasticSearch Redis Consul
Bind9 Postfix Apache Tomcat NGINX HAProxy


Get in Touch

I am currently available for freelance work.

I can help with the following:

  • Openstack, AWS, Linux, Unix
  • DevOps automation & configuration management
  • Coding Python/Django/Flask, Go, Perl, PHP, Ruby etc
  • Application, datacenter and deployment architecture for HA
  • Networking
  • Security and more...

Drop me a line at jason.riedel@gmail.com or call me at 1 480 269 4342