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Tom Kunkel

IT Specialist/Linux Administrator

Tom Kunkel is PCIC’s IT Specialist/Linux Administrator. Tom originated from West Africa, has lived in Spain, the UK, Germany, and Switzerland, and has spent much time in the Middle East. Now a proud Canadian citizen, Tom now lives in BC. He worked as a freelance consultant in design, development and architect roles in banking, logistics, oil exploration, customer support, manufacturing, and disaster recovery. Tom was an IBM PowerParallel SP and HACMP expert until he converted to Linux clusters. He has done extensive work on backup and recovery solutions, working on storage hierarchies and technology stack transitions. Tom performed deep-dive disaster recovery planning for several UK bluechips. He built datacenters and helped his previous employer, West Fraser Timber Supplies, move to a hybrid model. Tom evangelized virtualization, linux and open source wherever possible. He routinely performed server builds and deployments, mostly virtualized, mostly based on Oracle Linux. He designed, sourced, deployed, and managed petabyte-scale storage solutions.

When not reading about IT things or tinkering with them, you’ll probably find Tom running all the new trails in Victoria. Also, Tom is can be found up mountains or exploring BC by foot or RVing.