PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT @ THE VCO PROJECT
I’m a Chicago native that moved out of the big city to rural Northern Idaho (which I love, by the way). I provide technology, server, network, security, web development, app development & photography solutions for businesses all over the country.
My career as an I.T. engineer, developer and consultant began in 1995, and I’ve personally worked with hundreds of clients. Whether it’s building or managing on-premise or cloud-based servers, mobile app creation, website development, consultation or coaching, network audits, or designing new business processes, I have the experience to bring a wide variety of solutions to my clients.
For a little more detail on some of the types of work I’ve specialized in, keep reading the “BIO” below.
Highly qualified senior-level I.T. professional with proven analytical, technical and management skills in the lifecycle of I.T. planning, implementation and support.
Senior-level I.T. Professional with Cross-Industry Experience
Hi, I’m Virgil. I'm a Chicago native currently living in Northern Idaho. I’m a collector of hobbies and interests, and just love the acquisition of new skills. I provide technology solutions to businesses.
I’ve been an I.T. engineer, developer and consultant since 1995, and have experience with clients ranging from mom & pop shops to enterprise organizations. Whether it’s new servers, a mobile app, a website, a consultation, a network audit, or designing a new process, I can bring a wide variety of solutions to my clients.
My expertise encompasses the areas of assessment, strategy, architecture and the secure implementation of information systems in Internet, e-Commerce, Client/Server, PC-based, LAN/ WAN/WLAN, and Remote-Access computing environments.
For over 23 years, I have successfully provided computing solutions for companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations. I developed this expertise through years of working with financial, consumer, industrial, medical, institutional, not-for-profit, and retail organizations. I focus on providing results- oriented solutions for present needs, while anticipating requirements for future growth.
My background with large international firms, as well as smaller, more specialized firms, provides me with broad-based and proven experience. In addition to this experience, I continue to pursue formal technical training and have earned industry certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix, Novell, HP/ Compaq, IBM/Nitix, CheckPoint, RSA/ACE and many others.
Broad range of IT project expertise: Roles have included network architect/designer; project manager; technical lead; I.T. manager; business owner; pre-sales and post-sales consultant; technical presenter; technical mentor; technical trainer; technical documentation writer; and senior- level support.
Experience with multiple operating systems and hardware platforms: Extensive experience with numerous versions of Windows Server, Windows desktop OS, VMware vSphere, Citrix Xen Server, various Linux Distributions, Citrix MetaFrame, Apple- Mac, with some exposure to HPUX, AIX, and OS390. Certified and experienced with server hardware, SCSI storage arrays, tape backup devices and products such as Tivoli Storage Manager, Symantec Backup Exec, and CA ARCServe.
Proven LAN/WAN networking skills: Implementation experience with Cisco network routers, Cisco and 3Com switches, CheckPoint, Nokia, Cisco PIX firewalls, Juniper SSL Gateways, Barracuda URL filtering, WebSense, Microsoft ISA, Smoothwall, Raptor , WatchGuard and SonicWall firewalls, IPSEC and SSL VPNs, VLANs, WLANs, DNS, LDAP, Active Directory, DHCP, WINS, RADIUS, NAI Sniffer, TCPDump and RSA/ACE authentication servers.
Broad application server experience: Provided solutions with various products such as Exchange Server, Internet Information Server, Apache Web Server, Microsoft SQL, MySQL, Microsoft SharePoint, Altiris, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, RIS/Intellimirror, Microsoft Operations Manager, IBM WebSphere, Lotus SameTime, Lotus Notes, Lotus Foundation Server , RightFAX, LaCerte, QuickBooks, EMR packages, and Cloud-based versions of many others.
Seasoned security professional: Performed network and security audits; created security policies; educated C-level management on best-practice security measures; performed forensic analysis, vulnerability mapping and resolution; designed and implemented secure Internet architectures; OS & network device hardening; created disaster recovery plans and procedures; implemented URL filtering, anti-spam, anti-virus, network management and network monitoring systems.
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA)
Security Dynamics Certified ACE/Server Engineer (ACE/RSA)
Compaq Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE)
CheckPoint Certified Security Administrator (CCSA)
Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA)
Microsoft Windows Training for Active Directory Design and Support
Microsoft Exchange Server Training
Cisco CCDA Training
HP/Compaq StorageWorks for Microsoft and NetWare Training
VMWare VSphere Training
Windows Server Training
Codecademy Full-Stack Web Development Training