Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Meet the team: Andres Rodriguez Chamorro

The Bitnami team is a diverse group of talented people distributed all over the world. Get to know them better through this series of blog posts.

Based in our Seville Office, Andres works on our assets team.

A Brief Bio

I was born in Seville, Spain, though I did not started living here until several years later :). My first contact with computers was when I was around 8 years old, with a MSX computer (does anyone remember that?) which were mostly used for games, of course. At that point my mother was in college and she brought home some books and homework on BASIC and I started playing with it: that “coding” stuff was fascinating!....And the rest is history: different kind of computers and OSes, multiple languages to learn, etc. At the time, it was just a hobby that I really enjoyed, but it wasn’t something that I was interested in doing as a day job although I knew it would be a useful tool in whatever I ended up doing.

Years later, while I was still in college myself (doing non CS-related stuff) I got an opportunity to work as a System Administrator for one of the largest ISPs in Spain at the time and never looked back. Since then I have worked with System Administration, Engineering, and consultant work (where I mixed engineering, product and business roles) until I went back to a full-time Engineering position at CloudBees to work on Jenkins and Jenkins-based products.

Why you joined Bitnami and what excites you about working here?

The decision to join Bitnami was really easy since everything I saw about the company really resonated with me. First of all the challenge, as an engineer, you are always looking for interesting and challenging things to work on, and there are plenty of them here. Next, was meeting the team, a really talented and diverse group of people who are really awesome to learn from and work with. The mix of a big engineering office here in Seville with a strong distributed culture provides the best of both worlds. And last but not least, the Bitnami values and culture was a really good fit for me….this company works hard to build a real business based on stuff that people actually want and the goal is to achieve real, sustainable growth based on that.

What are you working on?

One of the main areas of products of Bitnami is the Application Catalog, which is what my team works on. It provides more than 150 applications, developer tools and infrastructure components conveniently packaged in multiple forms, from an installer to use in your personal computer or server, to pre-packaged virtual machines, to one-click deployments on our cloud partners, to containers and Helm charts for Kubernetes, among others. Each of these options have multiple flavors as well, from local installations for development and testing to full-fledged, production-ready multi-tier deployments in the cloud. As you can imagine, keeping that catalog up-to-date and with the latest security fixes involves many teams and creates an amazing amount of challenges. My job here is, together with all teams involved, to work on continuously improving all the automation involved with the catalog, so that we can offer more amazing stuff, faster and with greater efficiency.

Enjoying the Sierra Nevada in Spain

What do you like to do for fun?

I’ve always liked travelling, reading, hanging out with friends, good TV shows and of course, tinkering with computers :). Now, as a father of a 4-year-old, priorities change a little bit :), but life is more enjoyable than ever!

Interested in working with Bitnami and Andres? Apply for one of our open positions!