Who Am I?

I'm James Powell. I'm a jack of all trades Server Engineer with a passion for Linux and open-source software. I am particularly interested in DevOps and automation, especially containerisation (Kubernetes).

Aside from work, I enjoy most of my time exercising and being outdoors. I love my winter sports - I'm an avid backcountry skier and snowboarder, and play ice hockey here in Melbourne. I am also an enthusiastic boulderer, cyclist, and motorcyclist.

Linux System Administration

Web Hosting and Development

Domain Names, DNS and SSL

DevOps and Automation


Employment History

System Administrator at M.D.G IT Current


  • Provision and manage web VPS’s and shared (cPanel) Magento hosting, along with management of underlying hypervisor/networking/storage infrastructure
  • Manage cloud hosting environments for large online (Magento) retailers - AWS, Azure
  • Improve internal automation using bash/Python scripting and Ansible
  • Develop CI/CD pipelines and Docker images for development agencies in order to improve Magento 2 build and deploy times
  • Manage Amazon EKS (Kubernetes) infrastructure, develop internal tooling to make Kubernetes hosting accessible to clients of all sizes
  • Lead Melbourne team and train/coach/mentor new hires
  • Automate multiple internal scheduled tasks leveraging vendor APIs

Server Engineer at Centorrino Technologies 2015-2017


  • Provision and manage all virtual servers for approximately 80 hosted website clients, including liaising with developers to manage deployments and patching on both Linux and Windows based system
  • Work with internal sales staff to design virtual server infrastructure and allocate hardware resources for each client
  • Proactive monitoring of all sensors in monitoring software suite as well as responding to all alerts generated for hosted website client uptime changes
  • Manage virtual hosts and guest operating systems along with guest OS applications (Exchange, accounting packages etc) for approximately 6 secondary schools and businesses of varying sizes – predominantly Windows/Hyper-V systems with a small number of Linux guests
  • Single-handedly managed 24x7 on-call for all hosted website clients
  • Pushed for implementation of an internal documentation system (Atlassian Confluence) and contributed vast amounts of How-To and KB articles particularly regarding CLI Linux for junior helpdesk staff

NAS & IP System Administrator at IBM Australia 2013-2015


  • Provide operational support for clients’ NAS & IP fleet, consisting of 30 High-Availability clustered NetApp FAS controllers and 540 Cisco switches, handling in excess of 3 Petabytes (PB) of business-critical (production) data
  • On-going lifecycle management – perform firmware patching and online (non-disruptive) major upgrades to NetApp filers and Cisco switches
  • Participate in 24x7 On-Call roster, reporting to key Incident Management stakeholders within the client’s organisation
  • Created automated tools for quarterly security audits, resulting in a reduction of more than 40 hours of manual work annually
  • Developed automated reporting solutions for maintenance of storage infrastructure and operations, delivered to key client stakeholders

Education and Certifications


The Bachelor of Business Information Technology (Professional) is one of Australia’s most prestigious IT degrees. It has been designed in partnership with leading Australian companies and aims to maximise students’ employability potential and provide future leaders in Australia’s bourgeoning IT industry.

Students develop technical skills in database and programming, with an emphasis placed on business analysis and problem-solving, business process management, business analytics, project management, the management of information systems (IS) in organisations, the provision of IS services, social networking in organisations, and mobile business and connectivity. The course also includes business units aimed at developing managerial and leadership skills.

English, Mathematical Methods, Chemistry, Physics, Japanese, Information Technology Systems

Get in Touch


Yarraville, Melbourne, Australia