Mitch Patenaude
1564 De Leon Way
Livermore, CA 94550

(510) 978-4436 google voice
(510) 371-3789 cell preferred

Computer Experience:

System Administration

  • 30+ years experience in Unix system administration
  • 20+ years experience in Linux system administration
  • Linux Distros: CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian
  • Packages: Kubernetes, Apache, PHP, postfix, Fedora Directory Server (ldap), MySQL, lvm, kvm/xen
  • Scripting Languages: python, bash, perl, sh, sed, awk


  • Application Protocols: SMTP, HTTP(S), SSH, SSL/TLS
  • Service Protocols: DNS, NFS, Samba, DHCP, etc.
  • Security Protocols: IPSec, Kerberos, X.509, WPA2
  • IPv4 routing and diagnostics some experience with vrrp and other layer 2 protocols
  • Basic familiarity with IPv6 protocols and implementation


  • 30+ years coding in *nix type OSes
  • 20+ years in Linux
  • Languages: Python, Terraform, Java, SQL, perl, Go, C, & C++
  • Source control: git, subversion, perforce


  • MongoDB administration
  • Cassandra administration
  • MySQL
  • Optimization of both queries and tunable server parameters
  • Multi-master and multi-slave chain replication techniques for high-availability
  • Innobase and MyIsam table engines
  • Backing data up in a transactionally consistent way.


  • Mac OS/X in both home and office environments
  • Some familiarity with Windows

Work History:

April 2017 to July 2022: Principal Site Reliability Engineer Shutterfly Inc., Redwood City, CA

September 2015 to March 2017: Systems Engineer Facebook, Menlo Park, CA

April 2011 to September 2015: Lead Systems Engineer Shutterfly Inc., Redwood City, CA

July 2010 to Feb 2011: Sysadmin and Operations Engineer, Rapleaf Inc., San Francisco, CA

March 2009 to June 2010: Independent Consultant and developer

September 2005 to February 2009: Site Reliability Engineer, Google, Inc., Mountain View, California

May 2002 to August 2005: Independent Computer Consultant

April 1997 to May 2001: Sr. Consultant/Programmer, Macromedia, Inc., San Francisco, California

July 1996 to March 1997: Software Engineer, Songline Studios in Sebastopol, California

November 1995 to June 1996: System Administrator, Northcoast Internet Eureka, California

August 1994 to December 1995: Teaching Assistant University of Wyoming Department of Physics and Astronomy

April 1994 to July 1994: Unix Consultant , Hoopa Tribal Council, Hoopa, California

September 1993 to July 1994: Unix Consultant, Redwood National Park, GIS department. Arcata, California

September 1993 to December 1993: Laboratory Instructor, Humboldt State University, Dept. of Physics Arcata, California

September 1989 to May 1994: Unix System Administrator, Humboldt State University, CIS Dept, Arcata, California


California State University Hayward
Master's of Science degree in Computer Science earned 12/04   Coursework in: cryptography, network security, distributed systems, database theory and optimization, operating systems, data compression, compilers, artificial intelligence, etc.

University of Wyoming Laramie, Wyoming
3 semesters of graduate study pursuing a Ph.D. in Astrophysics

Humboldt State University Arcata, California
Bachelor of Science degree in Physics granted August, 1994
Course work in: Astronomy, Physics, Math & Computers

references available on request