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Joseph A. Chapman

 (612) 518-3294  ˜

Eagan, MN 55123



Strongly rounded Systems Engineer with 10+ years of experience administering highly available Linux, Windows, and VMware environments. High energy and hardworking employee that is passionate for new technologies and motivated by new challenges. Consistently striving to improve current skill-set while thriving in fast-paced environments. Works well under pressure by working both independently and within a team. Consistently recognized by peers and management for quality work, extensive knowledge, a good attitude, and a strong work ethic





Core Proficiencies


— Windows Server

— VMware vSphere

— F5 BigIP LTM Load Balancer

— F5 BigIP ASM

— Cisco Firewalls
and switches

— Apache HTTP

— HTTP, SSL, Web

— MySQL Server


— Windows

— Symantec BackupExec

— Postfix, StrongMail

— Mac OSX

SonicWall NSA, SonicPoint

— Technical

— PHP, BASH, Perl,
Python, SQL

— Public, Private,
& Hybrid clouds

— Microsoft
Failover Clustering

— Linux HA, DRBD

— Microsoft IIS,
RDP, Firewall

— Active Directory
& Group Policy

— Microsoft SQL

Nagios, Zenoss, Cacti, Hyperic

Splunk, syslog-ng, SNMP


SnapDrive for Windows & Linux

SnapManager for SQL & Linux



— Deployment

— Dell & HP



• VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Administration
(VCAP5-DCA) Planned December 2013

• F5 Certified – Application Delivery Fundamentals –
August 2013

• VMware Certified Professional (VCP) – November 2012

• Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) – April 2012

• Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) – May 2009


Platform Engineer Level II — Atomic Data, LLC – Minneapolis, MN

Nov. 2011 – Current

Senior level engineer selected to focus on and be the lead engineer for Atomic Data’s top clients. Utilize a
wide range of proficiencies in an extremely fast paced and high demand position. Atomic Data is a full service IT provider with a focus on cloud solutions.

· Support the development,
implementation, and promotion of computing architectures and best practices
to deliver compute solutions to clients as a platform to meet their specific

· Designated to
focus on the company’s top 20 clients to architect, build, optimize, and
troubleshoot complex networks and solutions.

· Provide
expertise, guidance, and training to client IT staff and lower level
engineering resources.

·      Exceed client expectations by meeting deadlines
ahead of schedule.

· Regularly
received positive feedback from clients for outstanding customer service.

· Constantly managed
several high priority clients and issues simultaneously by being able to
prioritize quickly and solve issues efficiently

· Utilized Nagios and Zenoss monitoring
across hundreds of client and thousands of servers to effectively monitor
critical environments

· Recognized as
a top performing engineer throughout the company on a regular basis


Manager of Information TechnologyCotterWeb
Enterprises – Mendota Heights, MN

Dec. 2009 – Current

Promoted to managerial
position and continued to serve as the company’s lead systems engineer in all

·      Architect and then facilitate from design to
completion, the move of the company’s entire production environment to a new
datacenter with minimal downtime to reduce yearly operating costs by 92%

·      Optimized MySQL, Linux, Apache, Nginx,
SAN, and load balancers to help improve end user experience

·      Hired, managed, and trained a team of System

·      Performed additional business planning, budget
forecasting, and purchasing

·      Increased environment’s reliability and uptime for
high traffic web properties

·      Completed all quarterly objectives ahead of schedule


Senior Systems AdministratorCotterWeb
Enterprises – Mendota Heights, MN

May 2008 – Dec. 2009

systems engineer responsible for all technologies throughout CotterWeb – a web marketing company with a number of high
traffic LAMP web properties.

·      Re-architected environment to meet rapid growth and
high availability requirements for current and future demand

·      Administered business critical VMware and Windows

·      Ensured load balancers, web servers, MySQL
databases, StrongMail email servers, and networking
equipment were running at optimal levels and resolved problems quickly.

·      Responsible for full monitoring, backup, and
disaster recovery scenarios.

·      Worked closely with the development team to help
facilitate development environments and seamless code deployments

Information Systems Manager — The Minnesota Daily – Minneapolis, MN

May 2007 – January 2008

engineer on all IT projects.  Directly
managed the Information Systems, LAN, and Online departments by overseeing
all activity and employees. The Minnesota Daily is the third largest
newspaper by circulation in the state of Minnesota.

·      Deployed and trained coworkers in cutting edge infrastructure

·      Managed RedHat Enterprise
Linux and Windows environments.

·      Led all technology purchases, upgrades, planning, and

·      Strategized and executed a number of initiatives to
keep the newspaper relevant to a diverse and technologically savvy reader


Webmaster & Web Programmer — The Minnesota Daily – Minneapolis, MN

October 2004 – May 2007

for all aspects of the company’s website including complete web page
production and design, developing new features, fixing previous bugs, and
upgrading existing scripts.

·      Built, optimized, and troubleshot on every aspect of
a full LAMP stack

·      Collaborated with other departments within the
organization to troubleshoot complex situations and enhance the productivity
of the organization as a whole.

·      Performed for maintenance and security on all web
servers running RHEL

·      Facilitated growth by 118% unique
hits per day in 2 years using several SEO strategies.


Web Dev & Technical
Starpoint Communications Marshall,MN

Dec. 2002 – August 2005

Computer TechnicianAvera Health
Systems – Marshall, MN

March 2002 – April 2004




·      Company-wide recognition for a great quarter at
Atomic Data – Multiple

·      Year award for top performing Atomic Data Platform
Engineer – 2012

·      Awarded Minnesota Daily Employee of the Month
– December 2005

·      Awarded Minnesota Daily Administrative Employee of
the Year – 2005-2006



Education & Credentials

University of Minnesota –
Twin Cities – Institute of Technology

Bachelors of Science in Computer Science

University of Virginia

Semester at Sea