Mike Kunze

Madison, WI

I am a solutions driven devops architect. With my strong background in network engineering, network security, systems engineering, software engineering and test driven systems and development, I am able to design, automate, scale, and monitor entire solutions across environments.

I consult IT operations and security expertise.


DevOps Solutions Architect

Earthling Interactive


  • Architecting auto scalable, auto healing production web application platforms through infra as code
  • Architecting development platforms and services
  • Developing continuous integration and deployment pipelines
  • Developing recurring billing integration solutions
  • Providing DevOps concepts to development workflows
  • Providing assessments on infrastructure performance and cost savings

August 2016 - Present


MadisonHub LLC


  • Provisioning compliant inter-office networks with open source technologies (pfSense, bsd, linux)
  • Provisioning resilient infrastructure on premise and in the cloud for building out service and platform stacks (VMWare vSphere, AWS, DigitalOcean, Rackspace)
  • Unification of provider networks via Open vSwitch and other SDN technology to allow hybrid cloud environments
  • Migration of small business IT services to google apps and interfacing with API features (gmail, calendar, drive, google+)
  • Building custom incident escalation and management appliances via monitoring, alerting, logging, and metrics open source solutions
  • Custom integration into payment systems such as square and stripe
  • Custom web stack development using Node and MongoDB
  • Providing automation and systems management through vagrant and saltstack
  • Service provisioning and integration via Docker Linux Containers
  • Utilizing GitLab services for code, documentation, and integrations management
  • Continuous Integration and Development / Deployment (CICD) using agile methodologies and git workflows
  • CICD Continuous Communication (CICDCC) through services such as Slack, HipChat, E-mail, text messaging, IRC
  • Focus on simplicity and cost effectiveness for small business IT

February 2012 - Present

Senior Systems Engineer


  • Providing DevOps concepts to integrate scalability and high availability into legacy Linux and windows systems
  • Integrating communication with DevOps tools such as version control, incident escalation, and infrastructure health
  • Maintains secure HIPAA compliant systems and services
  • Supports and implements infrastructure in Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMWare vSphere (ESXi)

September 2014 - August 2016

Senior Cloud DevOps

Independent Consultant

  • Deploying HIPAA compliant container based cloud infrastructure
  • Automating deployments with SaltStack recipes
  • Implementing services so they scale
  • Providing test driven continuous integration strategies for development and infrastructure

February 2014 - August 2014

DevOps Programmer

Wisconsin Energy Institute

As a DevOps, I am responsible for the technology stack, the service offerings, and the user experience of these platforms. To help tie everything together successfully, I participate in utilizing efficient governance strategies, offer documentation for training, and respond to and address user feedback through agile methodologies.

July 2012 - February 2014

Web Developer

Independent Contractor

PHP / JS Web Developer

  • Utilizing scrum and agile methodologies
  • Continuous Integration
  • PHPUnit for unit and integration testing
  • Classical MVC inheritance
  • Smarty template engine

December 2011 - May 2012

System Administrator

UW Biotechnology Center

  • Deployed and maintained a 12 node, 120 processor Sun Grid Engine cluster for genomic analysis
  • Customized Nagios infrastructure monitoring
  • Developed Graphical Illumina iScan Metrics log parser using NodeJS + ExtJS 4.0 (https://github.com/mikekunze/iScanMetricsWeb)
  • Deployed ticketing system RT 4 (Request Tracker) with Internet2's Shiboleth2 authentication (NetID)

December 2010 - December 2011

Systems Integration Specialist

Fundus Photograph Reading Center

  • Created popular Upload Portal (PHP5 & ExtJS3)
  • Lead resource for systems design and implementation
  • Designed Tiered VMware Virtual Infrastructures
  • Designed new company website with Drupal CMS
  • Designed low cost 120TB Enterprise SAN with Linux and Promise technologies

December 2009 - December 2010

Associate Systems Programmer

Fundus Photograph Reading Center

  • Advanced threaded scripting using PHP and bash for network maintenance.
  • Web development with PHP, MySQL and JavaScript.
  • Lead systems resource providing technology service and documentation.
  • Network Administrator for Microsoft AD, Exchange, and VMWare ESX clusters.
  • Network configuration management and automation of systems

February 2007 - December 2009

Network Administrator

University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • OS deployments using Altiris Deployment Solution
  • Procedural documentation for software installs
  • Active Directory Administration
  • Advanced LAMP server administration
  • Linux Kiosks

August 2003 - October 2006

PHP Developer


  • Freelance PHP/MySQL developer and cPanel Administrator
  • Managed SourceForge Projects including discussion forum software xmbforum.com
  • Wrote HowTo articles for gentoo linux
  • Wrote extensions for Smarty Template Engine
  • Wrote Relational Database queries

September 1998 - September 2005


University of Wisconsin - Madison

Bachelor of Science - Computer Science
Advanced programming techniques (C, C++, Java, MIPS assembly, PHP, SQL), data structures, object oriented design and planning, systems programming, artificial intelligence, numerical methods, advanced networking.
2003 - 2006

Michigan Technological University

Computer Science Undergrad
Advanced programming techniques in Java. Extensive use of Linux systems as a primary operating system.
2002 - 2003


Architecture, DevOps, Agile Methodologies, Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration and Deployment, Security, Web Application Stacks, Open Source, Software Engineering, Clustering and high availability, HIPAA Compliance