Jaosn Riedel

Jason Riedel

DevOps Architect

About Jason

Experienced & Passionate technologist commited to life long learning who loves to write code to automate & solve difficult problems. Currently at PayPal focusing on building highly available & scalable application, infrastructure & datacenter deployment architectures.


PayPal - Architect - Operations Architecture

2013 - Present

Responsibilities Included:
➢ Develop scalable, highly available & PCI compliant architectures.
➢ Create and maintain architectural standards & framework guidelines.
➢ Lead Operations Architect for the PayPal production DR program.
➢ Lead Operations Achitect for the Metro Datacenter program. Developed highly available infrastructure, datacenter, and application deployment patterns to scale our site by designing patterns to take advantage of stateful and stateless application characteristics.

PayPal - Architect - Site Engineering

2010 - 2012

Responsibilities included:
➢ Lead Site Engineer for Replatforming a program to re-write the PayPal.com site Payment & Checkout product leveraging an in-memory NoSQL datastore, Journaling database, and read only replicas for payment processing.
➢ Lead Site Engineer for an in-house NoSQL in memory only solution to provide consistency and high availability at incredible scale.
➢ Lead Site Engineer for an in-house layer 7 router / proxy that replaced the sites front end routing and provided additional security & availability through automated retry of failed requests.
➢ Lead Site Engineer for Checkout. Was initimate with all application architectures that made up the Checkout product line for PayPal.
➢ Wrote an invaluable Firewall Generation utility for Site Engineers saving them weeks of time using Python & Django.

PayPal - Systems Administrator - Unix Systems

2006 - 2010

Resonsibilities Included:
➢ Systems Administration of Redhat, Solaris, AIX and Windows systems.
➢ Administration of Netapp Filers, F5 LTM's, and Netscaler load balancers.
➢ Administration of Apache, Tomcat, Bind9, Cfengine, Postfix, Qmail, Sendmail, Ironport.
➢ Failovers of database clusters using VCS
➢ Request/Renew/Install of SSL certificates in Apache, F5's and Netscalers
➢ Writing of Apache mod_rewrite rules to block cross site scripting attacks.
➢ Wrote Perl script to validate the healthy of VCS clusters prior to a failover.

PayPal - Lead Systems Administrator - NOC

August 2005 - 2006

➢ Responsibilities Included: ➢ Help build the first generation PayPal NOC
➢ Resolve site outages
➢ Troubleshoot & resolve issues with Redhat, Solaris and Windows systems.
➢ Maintain Netapp, F5, Citrix Netscalers, Apache configuration, site configure with Cfengine, code pushes, and site maintenances.
➢ Respond to & resolve Nagios & Big Brother alerts.
➢ Administrate Batch infrastructure using Appworx to ensure SLA's were met with financial institutions.
➢ Wrote Perl scripts to scrape log files and perform administration tasks.

Pearson School Technologies - Systems Administrator

2004 - 2005

Responsibilities included:
➢ Imaging systems using Kickstart & Jumpstart.
➢ Deploying applications / Code release.
➢ Maintaining patch & firmware levels.
➢ Monitoring host & user transactions.
➢ Datacenter management policies.
➢ Primary Nagios & Foglight administrator.
➢ Wrote Perl scripts for automated Nagios additions.
➢ Participated in an SLA driven on call rotation to troubleshoot system and application level service failures.
➢ Developed an Asset tracking system with Perl & MySQL
➢ Hardware: SunFire 220, 240, 280, 440, and 480, Dell PowerEdge, and Compaq Proliant servers.
➢ Storage: Sun StoreEdge A1000, D1000, T3's and Dell PowerVault 2205.

CableOne - Internet Engineer

2001 - 2004

Responsibilities included:
➢ Performed a hybrid role of both a Sr. Network Engineer & Sr. Systems Administrator
➢ Installed cable modem head ends for Cable service in new markets.
➢ Turned up, monitored, and maintained Iternet circuits at T1, DS3, OC3, and OC12 speeds.
➢ Managed all aspects of of Linux Redhat & Windows NT systems.
➢ Troubleshot & resolved core network routing (EIGRP, BGP, RIP) issues
> Managed Mail Servers, Web Mail, DNS, Web Servers, and more.
➢ Managed IP Chains/IP Tables, and Access Lists.
➢ Managed Whats Up gold, MRTG, RRD, and Nagios monitoring tools.
➢ Handled IP requests for new address space & management of existing IP space with ARIN.
➢ Created/maintained new cable modem configuration files using Cisco Docsis Cable Modem Configurator to be handed out via TFTP
➢ Participated as 24/7 On Call, for the highest level of technical escalation.
➢ Hardware: various Compaq/Dell servers, Cisco routers (VXR 7200), Cisco Cable Modem Termination Systems/Universal Broadband Routers (VXR 7200’s), Cisco Catalyst Switches (CAT OS, IOS), Cisco Content Engine 590’s
➢ Programming: Various engineering utilities in Perl/PHP & VBS that managed Cisco gear, MS/My SQL, LDAP, POP/IMAP/SMTP, DNS, Linux systems and more. Also wrote a ticketing system in ASP.

PSN Internet Services - Senior Systems Administrator

1999 - 2001

Responsibilities Included:
➢ Managed Linux Redhat, Solaris and BSDi systems running Apache, Sendmail, and more.
➢ Created a web based utility to add new DSL subscribers to the router without router access & error free.
➢ Maintained all cisco 7204 VXR routing configuration for IP & BGP as well as access list and security configuration.
➢ Developed outage mailing list with US Map, where customers could submit their email to be notified of service outages.
➢ Assisted in IP management & utilization tracking
➢ Developed a training manual on Cisco routers for other technicians.
➢ Monitored, Troubleshot & restored all server & network outages.


  • Python/Django
  • Perl/CGI
  • PHP/Laravel
  • CodeIgniter
  • Ruby/Rails
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • JQuery
  • Node.js
  • SQL


  • MySQL
  • Hadoop
  • Elastic Search
  • Logstash
  • Kibana
  • Kafka
  • MongoDB
  • Redis
  • Couchbase
  • Cassandra
  • Openstack
  • The Foreman
  • VMware
  • Docker
  • Ansible
  • Zookeeper
  • Mesos
  • ActiveMQ
  • RabiqMQ
  • Apache
  • HAProxy
  • Nagios


  • F5 LTM
  • F5 GTM
  • Citrix Netscaler
  • Routing
  • Switching
  • SolidFire
  • NetApp


A+ Certified, September 1999


Certification #DC9DTT0585

CCNA Certified, August 2000


Certification #CSCO10120344

RHCT, June 2005


Certification #604005997594143