Curriculum Vitae Paul de Weerd (43)

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Residence Almere, The Netherlands
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UNIX and networking expert with 20 years of experience in a wide range of environments. From consumer industry and b2b internet service providers, to large scale internet services and low latency financial services. Although performing well solo, I prefer to work in a team to solve challenges in IT where automation, preferably with open source tools, is key. I love working with technology but even more so with people.

Employment history

2013 - today: UNIX engineer - RIPE NCC, Amsterdam

I am currently working for the RIPE NCC in the Global Information Infrastructure team. Our main responsibilities are the K-root DNS server, authoritative DNS services and the back-end infrastructure for RIPE Atlas and RIPEstat.

My work is focused on the operational wellbeing of our Hadoop clusters that process and store Atlas and RIS data:

In addition to my technical role, I also stepped up as team lead, working with or replacing the team manager when the need arose.

2009 - 2013: UNIX engineer - IMC Trading B.V., Amsterdam

I was a member of the Trading Solutions team. This team is responsible for the infrastructure used by our traders on the different exchanges (Euronext, London Stock Exchange, Deutsche Börse, etc), including the UNIX and Windows machines, network connections and hardware and auxiliary equipment. My work was focused on the UNIX machines running our own proprietary and third party trading software.

I was responsible for the following deliverables:

2006 - 2008: Site Reliability Engineer - Google GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland

I worked for Google at the European engineering headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. I was part of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), whose responsibility it is to keep the various Google properties available to our users; our team's focus was on Google Maps. We were responsible for:

2004 - 2006: UNIX and Network engineer - BIT BV, Ede

2003 - 2004: UNIX engineer - Versatel, Amsterdam

1998 - 2003: Systems engineer - X-tern Automatiseringsdiensten / ICT Automatisering, Almere

Ancillary activities

2006 - today: Netwerkvereniging ColoClue

I joined ColoClue's networking committee in 2006 and worked on the following projects since:

In February 2010, I joined the board moving to the position of treasurer later that same year. The board is responsible for the overall wellbeing of the association and through regular meetings we govern the operational and financial health of ColoClue. We organize general assembly meetings twice a year, a barbecue and the occasional talk for our members and help various committees perform their tasks. As treasurer I was responsible for collecting contribution from our members, paying invoices, setting (and keeping) the annual budget of around €80.000, writing the yearly financial report and keeping track of taxes. In early 2014, I moved to the position of president.


Hardware Operating Systems
  • OpenBSD / NetBSD / FreeBSD
  • Linux (various distributions)
  • Mac OS X
  • MS Windows (3.x - 7)
  • Solaris / SunOS / OpenSolaris
  • HP-UX
  • Cisco IOS
  • Arista EOS



I like to read, both fiction and technical or scientific books and articles. I'm also active in the OpenBSD community helping other users on discussion forums and mailing lists, hosting and editing a community website and occasionally doing some development work.


References available on request.

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