Worlds Largest PKI Implementation

PKI Achievements

We are clearly one of the largest CA’s in the world, however the largest depends highly on one how you measure. In any case we represent, again depending on how you measure, between 1/4th and 1/3rd of the worlds total SSL certs. And I am told by a number of people who have worked on our system and others, as well as by our auditors, that we are one of the finest CA’s in the world.

While I have little to do with the application development, and the current architecture was mostly inherited, I do manage the databases for this. At one time we also boasted the worlds most efficient OSCP responded written by my former boss Chris G.  I can not say enough good things about him, and the entire team I work with. They are all amazing people! The environment went stagnant for a bit but I am proud of where we are going with PKI; as these handful of instances our now my secure baby  🙂

Worlds Largest Spacewalk installation

PostgreSQL Achievement

We have the worlds largest Spacewalk installation with many tens of thousands of nodes. This is all managed by a single PostgreSQL database (with a wall replica for disaster recovery). This lovely piece of kit was set up by an amazing former coworker Bo J. I inherited it and really wish I could spend more time optimizing. The servers resource utilization is sub optimal as is performance and I wish I had more postgreSQL skill, but my expertise lies in MySQL and Mongo. Give me six months and I will make postgreSQL sing 😉

Worlds Largest Authoritative DNS

DNS Achievements:

I am responsible for the MySQL back-end for the worlds largest authoritative DNS with over 37 million zones.
When I inherited this system (Over 10 million zones ago) it was fraught with problems. However with diligence and an eye for detail, and lots of help from the application team, I was able to remove the land minds, document the complicated infrastructure, and implement a streamlined design that lends it’s self to automation. I started with 4, significantly expensive, anycast pods and a hodgepodge of master. Since then we have increased our zones by over a third and while added we added a new pod I also worked hard to stabilized the masters and pods with little additional hardware.
We are on the verge of completing a new phase where the masters will be bi-coastal and dozens of new pods will drop our premium DNS to response time. Continue “Worlds Largest Authoritative DNS”

Predictive Analytics using Big Dark Data in the Cloud to promote Synergy on a NoSQL OpenStack Platform! – Or why I hate buzwords

At some point in my carer I became allergic to buzzwords. Significant enough exposure will cause involuntary twitches and even projectile vomiting. The young and excited I mentor often have a feverish addiction to them, like sugar to a 5 year old. And to this end perhaps I am not so much allergic, but rather years of bad diets filled with them has left me diabetic. I was having a discussion one day with some colleges when some one of authority became a bit upset that I would not “drink the koolaid”. For this reason I decided to provide an explanation here, perhaps to hep those who work with me now, and in the future, to understand my repulsion a bit better.

To start with, the phrase “Drinking the Kool Aid” should never be used in a positive way. At one point a company I was working for actually printed there brand on Kool Aid packets so you could literally drink the Kool Aid. I was personally horrified; and here is why. The phrase “Drink the kool aid” originated from the 1978 Jones Town massacre where members of the Peoples Temple, followers of reverend Jim Jones, committed suicide by drinking kool aid laced with cyanide. Thus anyone who held an unquestioning belief or philosophical view that aliened with a group, with out critical examining it, was said to be drinking the cool aid. Their unquestioning belief is so strong they are willing to follow a path to the death with out ever questioning it. And that is the salient point here. Questioning and critically examining the path is absolutely critical (pun intended). But for some reason the need to believe, to belong, is so strong that people just swallow the hype like so much beverage created from a popular powdered soft drink flavoring agent laced with cyanide.

When some in IT hears “The Cloud” they should envision this Continue “Predictive Analytics using Big Dark Data in the Cloud to promote Synergy on a NoSQL OpenStack Platform! – Or why I hate buzwords”