Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Meet the team: Felipe

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 Madrid, Felipe works remotely as a Kubernetes Engineers on our Kubernetes squad.

A Brief Bio

I was born and raised in Madrid. At the age of 8, I saw a Sinclair ZX Spectrum in a small shop near my house and I fell in love with it. I used it mostly to play games and connected to an old black and white TV. After playing with the system more, I started to get curious to about how it worked.

At that time there weren’t many computer magazines, but the few that did exist talked about games and how to hack games (do you remember poke and randomize usr?). Eventually, I was lucky enough to have my parents buy me an Amstrad CPC 6128, which is when I started to learn how to program. I even wrote a small stocks application for my father’s business, although he never got to use it because he preferred to run his business the old way. And then, one Christmas, after the 3 Kings Night, I received my first PC with 640KB of memory and a 20MB hard-disk drive and one 5 ¼” floppy drive. 

Fast-forward into the future, my life revolved around computers. I attended university in 1992 to study Computer Science, but quit soon afterwards and started to work for a financial company in 1997. Later on, I switched careers and moved into consulting and training to join Google in Zürich in 2006, then Telefónica in 2013 and now Bitnami in 2018.

I still remembers those days when there was no Internet, games were bought or traded with friends, and magazines mostly focused on low-level assembly or video games. Then, the modems (US Robotics) came. First 9,200 bauds, then 14,400, then 28,800 and finally 56k, using a POTS which I shared with my parents. There were so many times when my dial-up connection broke because my father tried to speak on the phone while I was using the modem. Then, circa 1992, I got my first 256 kbps ADSL connection, which changed everything. Not just because of the speed, but because of the price. The days of using CompuServer or the BBS were behind us. Then came Linux. I switched from Windows to Linux when the only Linux distro was the SLS. Then, Slackware, then RedHat, then I bought a Mac and I have been using macOS since then.

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

I switched because I want to work on bleeding-edge technology like Kubernetes, be part of a great community of engineers, and contribute to open-source. During the interview process, the team showed me of how cool Bitnami was and I was convinced that this was the place I needed to be. :-)

What are you working on?

I am one of the core engineers working on Bitnami Kubernetes Production Runtime, which adds additional functionality to an existing Kubernetes cluster. For instance, logging and alerting, ingress routing, automatic DNS name publishing for Kubernetes services, transparent TLS termination for HTTP/S traffic using Letsencrypt, etc.

This framework leverages existing open source components, maintained and packaged by Bitnami, with security and ease of use in mind, plus accompanying command-line tools and documentation to deploy and use.

If you'd like to be notified when it is released, sign-up here

Enjoying the outdoors with his family
 What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling to new (and not so new) places, and going hiking to the mountains.

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