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DevCentral’s Featured Member for August – Piotr Lewandowski

piotrLPiotr Lewandowski has been working in IT for well over 20 years – and not really conscious decision to go this way – just blind luck. He started in the era without Internet…yes, not so long ago it was possible to live without Internet J…and IBM PC/XT computers. Thanks to self-learning he managed to work as DTP operator on Apple computers (the first in Poland at the time). However, he also had to manage all the other aspects of “network” so he turned into IT guy. Then he worked as CIO for quite a long time but when company started to grow, he figured out the corporate environment is not for him and switched to consulting on his own terms.

About 5 years ago, F5 gear popped up and he had to learn how to use it. It was challenging as he never was network pro – but turned out that it’s interesting and challenging so he’s still there and is DevCentral’s Featured Member for August!

DevCentral: Tell us a little about the areas of BIG-IP expertise you have.

Piotr: It’s a shame but I am still best in Load Balancing related part. I am struggling to improving in more trendy areas – security and AAA but it takes time. Especially security in the WAF area. It is so broad and fast moving that I have problem staying current. I am able to configure most all pieces of BIG-IP LTM and GTM features, but for ASM, APM and AFM it is still a bit of a challenge.

I am not a programmer but during some projects I learned both iRules and iControl so I am comfortable with those. Lately I started to research iRulesLX – which seems very promising – but not a lot info about real life project can be found.

I’ve also dabbled a bit with BIG-IP/OpenStack topic and have a good idea how it works but still need to deploy in a production environment.

Recently I decided to improve my skills in dynamic routing protocols (BGP, OSPF etc.) to be able to address DDoS related topics (RTBH, RHI, Anycast). Somewhat challenging but my lab is growing and I am starting to see some light in the tunnel – Polish proverb – don’t know if valid in English.

DC: You are a Technical Consultant at SoftwareDefined. Can you describe your typical workday?

Piotr: I am working for few businesses, right now my most active relations are with SoftwareDefined. To be honest, right now there is plenty of projects including some areas I am not so fluent, so most of my time is devoted to learning and testing.

sdMost of my day is filled in with lab work – testing how BIG-IP works behind scenes (which is the only way I can be 100% sure that given implementation will work as expected); recreating different bizarre customer configs to find out how to implement/improve them; and “reverse engineering” BIG-IP features to figure out if impossible is possible.

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Peter is an F5 evangelist for security, IoT, mobile and core. His background in theatre brings the slightly theatrical and fairly technical together to cover training, writing, speaking, along with overall product evangelism for F5. He's also produced over 350 videos and recorded over 50 audio whitepapers. After working in Professional Theatre for 10 years, Peter decided to change careers. Starting out with a small VAR selling Netopia routers and the Instant Internet box, he soon became one of the first six Internet Specialists for AT&T managing customers on the original ATT WorldNet network.

Now having his Telco background he moved to Verio to focus on access, IP security along with web hosting. After losing a deal to Exodus Communications (now Savvis) for technical reasons, the customer still wanted Peter as their local SE contact so Exodus made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. As only the third person hired in the Midwest, he helped Exodus grow from an executive suite to two enormous datacenters in the Chicago land area working with such customers as Ticketmaster, Rolling Stone, uBid, Orbitz, Best Buy and others.

Writer, speaker and Video Host, he's also been in such plays as The Glass Menagerie, All’s Well That Ends Well, Cinderella and others.

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