Nick Noot-Davies

IT Consultant, Web Designer & RYA Instructor

About Me

I have over 10 years of experience working in an IT support and consultancy role. I currently work as a Senior Infrastructure Consultant (storage, virtulization and more) for a Managed services and support provider.

I have exceptional knowledge and hands on experience with the products and technologies listed under skills and knowledge.

I am highly skilled in my work and take pride in what I do, ensuring that it is completed to the best of my ability. I am a VMWare Certified advanced Professional and a Netapp NCDA/NCIE.

I am looking to further develop in my specialisms and gain new knowledge. I have a great passion for my work and am always keen to learn or teach.

Outside of work I run a website design agency, enjoy teaching power boating, as well as spending time with my young family.

Professional Qualifications

 
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Experience

At Timico…

Recent Jobs

October 2018 – present | Timico Ltd

Virtualisation and Storage Architect

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July 2015 – October 2018 | Proact IT UK Ltd

Senior Infrastructure Consultant – Vmware (Vsphere, SRM, Horizon View), Netapp, Zerto, Deep security, Netscaler and Cisco UCS

At Proact I worked on the Infrastructure team looking after the systems that make up the IaaS, SaaS and shared platforms. These systems consisted of Vmware vSphere on UCS blades backed by NetApp, Pure and Tintri storage.

My team is responsible for the management, upgrade, quarterly maintenance and reconfiguration of these platforms. I also configured, upgrade and maintain Citrix Netscaler and Xenapp platforms hosted on these environments.

These platforms existed in 5 UK datacentres and multiple datacentres across Europe. I am used to owning projects to deploy, upgrade troubleshoot and migrate these to keep them in-line with vendor standards and emerging technologies.  Another essential part of my job was to architect and design new platforms when needed.

May 2013 – July 2015 | BGL Group Ltd

Senior Wintel Services Analyst – Vmware and Netapp

Whilst at BGL group I was responsible for the installation, upgrade, management and maintenance of the 4 VMWare vsphere environments. This also included the management and provisioning of the NetApp 7 mode HA filers, and Brocade infrastructure. ]

This role included monitoring, capacity and resource issues/planning and responding to break fix issues with the above. I was part of the Wintel Services team and as well as the above I took on a lot of other responsibilities, namely Active directory Group Policy, Exchange 2010/2013. DFS plus other wintel tasks.

August 2011 – May 2013 | Associated British Foods PLC

Senior Server Analyst – Storage and Virtualisation

The group SSC manage about 1400 servers and related infrastructure spread across our business units. These are a mixture of Windows Server 2000, 2003 and 2008R2 as well as a few Ubuntu/Red hat. They are a mixture of Virtual, physical and blade servers across two data centres and remote locations. The Sys Admin team also manage the ‘core’ business applications such as Exchange, OCS, SCCM, Commvault, VMware, SAN storage, RSA authentication, Active Directory etc.

We carry out all monitoring and proactive remedies, ensure the core systems are up and running properly. This role also involves the commissioning and decommissioning of servers, investigating and fixing calls that have been passed to us from the 3rd line team and calls that we log for ourselves as a result of daily system checks.

Nov 2009 – August 2011 | The Peele Community College

Senior Systems Administrator

As systems administrator I manage all aspects of the school’s IT provision, including Servers, desktop/laptops and networking equipment. My main responsibilities were to ensure all the servers were up and running, backups had completed and all services were healthy. When necessary I performed daily maintenance tasks on the servers/applications to keep them in a healthy state. At busy times I would assist the IT Technician to look after the desktops and laptops and assist the staff and students.

Jan 2011 – April 2011 |  Lady Jane Franklin School – SECONDMENT FROM PEELE

IT technical Consultant

I was seconded to LJFS to improve their network and server infrastructure. They were on a county Managed solution, but wanted more control of the network, and a network that the school could manage themselves with in house IT staff. It was my job to design and present this solution to the management and, once authorised, install and configure the core components. Then I had to train the in house IT staff. I also implemented new technologies for them, mainly a Moodle VLE and FOG as an imaging solution.

2008 – Nov 2009 | Barron McCann IT Services

Field Support Engineer

This job involved supporting the hardware at the large shop chains. This ranged from computers to epos tills and all associated equipment. This involved hardware break fixes and fault diagnosis, swap outs and repairs. It also involved the reinstallation and configuration of company software.

2005 – 2008 | Keyhole Heritage Hotels, Wisbech, Cambs

IT Manager/Assistant Hotel Manager

Whilst working for Keyhole Heritage Hotels I designed and restructured the hotel data network. This involved planning, sourcing equipment, running the structured cat 5 cable and terminating. I installed and configured all relevant servers, switches and desktop infrastructure for the small business. I also implemented site to site vpn to allow other hotels to connect to the servers.

Skills

I have exceptional skills and hands on experience with:

  • WordPress, PHP, HTML/CSS, Joomla, IMAP/POP email
  • Netapp ONTAP 7-Mode and cDOT
  • Netapp snap manager products including SMVI/VSC, Snap Drive, SMSQL, SME
  • Cisco UCS B and C series, including installation and configuration, firmware upgrades, fault finding and management
  • VMware ESXi and VSphere 4.0, 4.1, 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5
  • VMware vrealise Ops and Automation
  • VMware Horizon View
  • Trend Deep Security 9.0, 9.5 and 9.6
  • Citrix Netscaler
  • Pure storage, Tintri
  • Zerto
  • Exchange 2007, 2010 (MCTS), 2013 and 2016, including migration, High availability, namespaces, database recovery
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2012 as well as LINUX Ubuntu and Centos
  • MS Active Directory, DHCP, DNS and ADFS 3.0
  • SAN management and provisioning of storage. (HP, IBM, Hitachi, NetApp, Pure, Tintri)
  • Fibre/Fabric management and Zoning (Brocade, Cisco MDS)
  • Backup solutions (Symantec Backup exec, Commvault, Net Backup)
  • ISA Server/Forefront TMG, PFSense
  • Antivirus (MacAfee EPO, Symantec EP, Trend Deep Security)
  • Direct Access 2012
  • Thin Client Technologies
  • Server Hardware including Blade Centres, Rack mount and tower servers
  • Equipment maintenance; repairs and upgrades.

Education

Peterborough Regional College

BTEC Nat Diploma IT

2000 – 2005

Langley Park Boys School

GCSE’s

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