My name is Dustin and I am a husband, father, eater of pizza and tacos, a solutions engineer and I occasionally write on this site. I am currently an Associate Director, Managed Services Engineering at 10up where I am responsible for the day to day operations of our platforms and products, most notably the ElasticPress.io service. I also help ensure that other team members are able to be as efficient as possible through the creation of both internal and external, open source tools.
Part of the Xennial micro-generation, I was born into an analog world but experienced a digital adolescence. I used vinyl records when they were cool the first time (but also now as they have become cool a second time) and I had no problem setting the clock on a VCR, or even programming it. It wasn’t until late high school that I realized that computing and the Internet would be where I’d spend my time.
In college I earned a degree in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science. On paper, this meant I understood how to design, build and even program complex computer systems and quantify their cost in business terms. While today’s computing world is very different than the one I was trained in, the conceptual aspects have remained the same. Today, I still enjoy working with complex systems but I now use modern tools like Terraform, Ansible, Docker and Kubernetes. I have spent some years strictly writing software but I feel most at home dealing with the hardware side.
Whenever I can, I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others by writing about it here or at work with my colleagues.
Outside of work I like to collect music, both in CD and Vinyl formats, fly drones/quadcopters and traveling with my family.