Niko Virtala

Cloud Architect

Me, Myself And I

This is a story about me.

Niko Virtala

IT professional from Hyvinkää, Finland

I'm Niko Virtala, 31 years old, curious and enthusiastic IT professional with nearly 10 years experience of operating, implementing and designing Managed Services; mainly area of Monitoring, System and Configuration Management.

Outside of the working hours I'm a daddy of two stunning daughters and a husband of gorgeous lady. We all live in a big red log house, in the middle of a fields at Hyvinkää. — In the countryside but close enough to the cities, just as we want to.

Constant learning is very important for me and I’m trying to stay on the crest of technology development in example by following latest trends in Twitter and various blogs, by taking online lessons and by participating to beta programs and communities from vendors like Docker, Google, Apple and F-Secure. So many times after the bedtime stories and good night kisses you can find me listening a lesson on Udemy or Pluralsight or setting up some bleeding edge demo. On some days I also take a photo or few, play my Jazzmaster® for hours or listen music out load, just because I like it.

Today I'm in permanent employment with a major Managed Cloud Services provider and I do not have a particular need for a new job at this time.

I wish you a nice time with my resumé! If you see it interesting, I’m happy to share few more thoughts with you. You may find all my contact information, including links to my social media profiles from the Contact section of this site.

Sincerely Yours, Niko

Download Printable Resumé

Technical Skills

I can say I’m quite good at

Systems Management

For large distributed environments

Scripting

Bash, Batch, PowerShell, VBScript

Monitoring

System and Service monitoring using automated tools

Virtualisation

Mainly within VMware based environments

Containerisation

Docker, Swarm

Troubleshooting

Problem solving in wide variety of forms

Work Experience

My current and previous associations

Present
- Aug. 2017

Nordcloud Oy

Cloud Architect [AWS]

My job description says following about Cloud Architects: "Cloud Architect enables organizations to leverage Cloud technologies. Through an understanding of cloud architecture and technology, this individual can design, develop, and manage robust, secure, scalable, highly available, and dynamic solutions to drive business objectives." - The time will show how near I will end.

Jul. 2017
- May 2016

Diebold Nixdorf Oy

Service Solutions Architect

As a Solution Architect I am responsible for designing service solutions as well as technical solutions to be used in managed service delivery for our banking and retail customers in Nordic area. Supporting our sales, service transition and operations teams in all stages of service lifecycle is also part of my daily business.

May 2016
- Jul. 2013

Wincor Nixdorf Oy

Transition Manager

I was working as a part of global solution management team and responsible for defining and implementing systems management and monitoring solutions in Nordic area, based on customer requirements and utilising Wincor Nixdorf's eServices Platform.

Jul. 2013
- Jul. 2008

Wincor Nixdorf Oy / AB

System Specialist

Operating systems management, for variety of major Nordic retail and banking customers was on part of my responsibility, same as Point of Sales environment system standardisation for major Finnish retailer. From May 2011 to July 2013 my office was located in Solna, Sweden.

Jul. 2008
- Jan. 2007

Wincor Nixdorf Oy

Staging and Logistics

Responsible for staging and shipping Point of Sales equipment to Finnish retail stores.

Dec. 2006
- Dec. 2005

Arlainstituutti

Helpdesk Support

Providing local support for students and personnel in context of workstations, applications and personal accessory. Arlainstuutti is vocational training and development center for visually impaired and deaf-blind people. This was my civilian service.

Education & Certifications

Degrees, courses and certifications which I have passed during my career.

Jan. 2017

Mastering Ansible

Online Training

Mastering Ansible is a step-by-step journey of learning Ansible for configuration management and orchestration. Certificate.

Oct. 2016

F-Secure Policy Manager and Client Security - Technical Certificate

Online Training

F-Secure Corporation acknowledges that Niko Virtala has acquired the necessary knowledge of product functionalities and key features and is therefore qualified for Technical Certification on F-Secure Policy Manager and Client Security. This certificate was issued on 26.10.16 in Helsinki and is valid for one year.

Oct. 2016

F-Secure Email & Server Security / Server Security - Technical Certificate

Online Training

F-Secure Corporation acknowledges that Niko Virtala has acquired the necessary knowledge of product functionalities and key features and is therefore qualified for Technical Certification on F-Secure Email & Server Security / Server Security. This certificate was issued on 26.10.16 in Helsinki and is valid for one year.

Oct. 2016

F-Secure Protection Service for Business - Technical Certificate

Online Training

F-Secure Corporation acknowledges that Niko Virtala has acquired the necessary knowledge of product functionalities and key features and is therefore qualified for Technical Certification on F-Secure Protection Service for Business. This certificate was issued on 26.10.16 in Helsinki and is valid for one year.

Mar. 2012

ITIL® Foundation Certification

Materna Information & Communications AB, Stockholm

This course gained my knowledge about the key elements, concepts and terminology used in the ITIL Service Lifecycle, the linkages between Lifecycle stages, the processes used and their contribution to Service Management practices. Certification exam passed.

Nov. 2009

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 - Administration and Configuration

Tieturi Oy, Helsinki

Nam liber tempor cum soluta nobis eleifend option congue nihil imperdiet doming id quom placerat facer possim assum. Typi non habent claritatem insitam; est usus legentis in iis qui faorum claritatem. Investigationes demonstraverunt lectores legere me lius quod ii legunt saepius.

Oct. 2009

Windows Server 2008 - Administration and Configuration

Teleware Oy, Helsinki

Nam liber tempor cum soluta nobis eleifend option congue nihil imperdiet doming id quom placerat facer possim assum. Typi non habent claritatem insitam; est usus legentis in iis qui faorum claritatem. Investigationes demonstraverunt lectores legere me lius quod ii legunt saepius.

May. 2004

Vocational Qualification in Electronics and Communications Technology

Pohjois-Karjalan Ammattiopisto, Joensuu

This is where the story begins. Not those theoretical studies at school but the internships in real IT companies. Those practical trainings opened door for me to a completely new world, a world that still makes me excited and be amazed over and over again. Graduated in year 2004 with excellent grades. Thesis work: "Fuzz, electronic distortion effect".

Get In Touch

Please feel free if you would like to have a chat.

Contact details

Peronkuja 33, 05620 Hyvinkää

+358 44 526 66 44

niko@nikovirtala.io

https://nikovirtala.io

Shoot a message!