Career Q&A with Jungle Disk's DevOps Engineer Paul Ibarra

At Jungle Disk, we know from experience that the prospect of working at a cyber or tech company can be intimidating! That's why we decided to create a Q&A series with the members of our DevOps team. DevOps roles can sometimes seem the most intimidating of them all, but Paul, a DevOps engineer, is here to clear that up. Let's jump into it!

Q: What is your specific role on the DevOps team at Jungle Disk?What are your main duties in that role at Jungle Disk?

A: I’m a DevOps Engineer. I create and maintain infrastructure that runs our websites and services. I also build automation that does the same replacing processes that have typically been carried out manually.

Q: How did you get to this position? What advice would you give someone who would like to work in a similar position?

A: I never stopped developing my technical skill set. An opportunity opened up that happened to match my skill set. I had also proven that I was able to continuously learn new skills to keep up with my job demands.

Don’t stop learning and putting what you’ve learned to practice. Even if the practice only comes in the form of personal projects.  

Q: Do you have any technology or security certifications                                   A: I hold a Network+ and a Google Cloud Professional Cloud Architect certification.

Q: What’s your favorite technology tool to use on a daily basis? Why?

A: I work with a wide range of technologies and tools. I’d have to say that the most constant tool that I use on a daily basis would be VIM. VIM is a text editor that I use to write automation scripts or make modifications to existing scripts and documentation.

Q: What projects are you currently working on?

A: I’m working on several projects currently. I’m working on modifying an existing tool to accommodate a new use case and also attempt to future-proof it for potential use cases. I’m also working on migrating an existing Heroku application with associated data into Google Cloud Platform. Lastly, I’m working on obtaining a Certified Kubernetes Administrator certification.

Q: What is a new or up and coming technology, tool or open source project that you are most excited about?

A: Kubernetes. It’s not necessarily new, but it’s definitely more prominent now than it has been before.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: I like the constant research and skill development required to keep up with current technologies.

Q: What is something you wished more people knew about DevOps?

A: I wished more people knew the importance of automation.

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