[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Fwd: Welcome to Ken Snider, Wikimedia Operations

Federico Leva (Nemo) nemowiki at gmail.com
Thu Jun 6 17:30:55 UTC 2013

Erik Moeller, 06/06/2013 18:18:
> FYI :)

Thanks for the forward, I take the opportunity to ask a small update 
that you probably refreshed during this search: what's the current 
status vs. the strategic goal for stabilising infrastructure, in terms 
of simple figures like uptime?


> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Erik Moeller
> Date: Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 9:17 AM
> Subject: Welcome to Ken Snider, Wikimedia Operations
> To: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
> Hello all,
> I’m delighted to announce that Ken Snider is joining the Wikimedia
> operations team. He will start as an international contractor working
> remotely from Toronto, Canada on June 10, and will be visiting SF in
> the week of June 17. We’re currently in the process of seeking work
> authorization in the United States in the Director of TechOps
> position.
> CT has graciously agreed to support the ops leadership transition
> full-time through June, and part-time through July. We’ll be starting
> the handover while Ken is working remotely.
> A bit more about Ken: Ken was apparently genetically predisposed to
> become a sysadmin since he joined one of Canada’s first large ISPs,
> Primus, straight out of school in 1997 and helped build their
> infrastructure til 2001. He then joined a startup called OpenCOLA in
> 2001 which was co-founded by Cory Doctorow and developed early P2P
> precursors to tools like BitTorrent and Steam. It’s best known today
> for the development of an open source (GPL’d) cola recipe which is
> still in use (more than 150,000 cans sold if Wikipedia is to be
> believed).
> Ken got involved in one of Cory’s pet projects, BoingBoing.net which
> some of you may have heard of ;-), and has been their sysadmin since
> 2003. After a stint from 2001-2005 at DataWire, Ken became Director of
> Tech Ops at Federated Media, a role he held from 2005-2012.
> Federated Media is an ad network that was founded to support high
> traffic blogs and sites that want to stay independent of large
> publishers, with a network that supports more than 1B requests/day.
> One of the unusual challenges at FM was that the company grew through
> acquisitions of various blogging and publishing networks. This led to
> the challenge of integrating very heterogeneous operations and
> engineering infrastructure, including multiple geographically
> distributed ops teams and data-center locations. As DTO, Ken led these
> efforts, such as OS standardization, development of a unified
> deployment infrastructure, etc. Ken also ensured that the operations
> group partnered effectively with the various engineering teams
> developing site features and enhancements.
> I want to again take this opportunity to thank CT Woo for his tireless
> operations leadership since December 2010. I’d also like to thank
> everyone who’s participated in the Director of TechOps search process.
> Please join me in welcoming Ken to the Wikimedia Foundation and the
> community. :-)
> All best,
> Erik
> --
> Erik Möller
> VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation
> --
> Erik Möller
> VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation
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