Steve Gibbard's Resume
My focus is on network architecture to support globally distributed systems. Most of my recent work has been on topology for critical DNS services, designing three of the leading anycast DNS networks, supporting more than 40 top level domains. I spent a couple of years recently working on network architecture to support cloud computing services. I have done extensive work on Internet peering and exchange points. I’ve been a speaker at many Internet industry conferences, and have published papers about Internet infrastructure design and economics.
I’m looking for networking projects that can take advantage of my experience and do something useful for the world (whether that’s connecting an underserved region or simply making it easier to watch movies at home).
Areas of Expertise:
• International network deployments.
• Domain Name System infrastructure.
• Anycast network architecture for global service distribution.
• Local Internet traffic exchange in poorly connected areas.
• Inter-ISP communication for peering and other coordination.
• Routing architecture.
• Datacenter design for colocation.
• Network architecture for cloud computing services.
• Network design, troubleshooting, and documentation.
Redwood City, California
September, 2010 to November, 2011
• Network architecture and implementation for an anycast DNS deployment
o Routing protocol redesign and configuration standardization for an anycast DNS network.
o Support for IPv4 and IPv6 – implemented IPv6 DNS hosting on a tight timeline in preparation for World IPv6 Day
o Integration of separate North American and European networks
o Added Brocade routers and A10 load balancers to my previously Cisco-centric experience.
• Network operations – handling ticket escalations
• Made arrangements to obtain more IPv4 address space as supply waned, and to qualify Nominum for ARIN “critical infrastructure” address assignments.
San Francisco, California
Network Architecture/Operations Consultant
March, 2008 to January, 2009
Network Architect/Network Team Lead
January, 2009 to August, 2010
• Network architecture to stabilize and make scalable a 3,000 customer managed hosting services datacenter network.
• Network architecture for GoGrid, a virtual server/”cloud computing” service, as it grew past the capabilities of its original design.
• Supported and trained the network engineering group in architectural guidelines, change management, and troubleshooting procedures.
• Assisted with management of the network engineering group.
• Budgeting and vendor management for network equipment purchases.
Packet Clearing House
February, 2003 to March, 2008
• Architecture, construction, and operation of an anycast DNS network, hosting country code top level domains for twenty five countries (.np, .bs, .mu, .ua, and others), as well as .biz and several copies of one of the root DNS servers (i.root-servers.net), in 30 locations on six continents. This network is now serving the .ORG domain as well.
• Research on DNS topology and other critical infrastructure issues, resulting in several conference presentations and published papers.
• Advised Internet service providers and government officials on Internet infrastructure issues.
• Architecture, construction, and operation of a worldwide data collection network, collecting Internet routing data from exchange points.
• Peering coordination. Soliciting peers and turning up peering sessions at Internet exchange points around the world.
Steve Gibbard Consulting
Internet Infrastructure Consultant
January, 2003 to Present
• Worked on a variety of consulting projects, including:
o Member of TelX’s Internet Exchange Advisory Board
o Advised CRG West on strategy for their Any2 exchange project.
o Network architecture for OpenDNS, an anycasted open recursive DNS server system.
o Network architecture and operations support for ServePath, a dedicated hosting/colocation company in San Francisco.
o Network architecture and operations supervision for UnitedLayer’s US Internet backbone.
o Budgeting support for international expansion analysis at FX Networks, a New Zealand-based network.
o US peering coordination for SingAREN, the Singapore research and education network.
o Negotiated agreements to move several large peers to private peering for Hurricane Electric, an International ISP and hosting provider.
Cable & Wireless Internet Services
(Formerly Exodus, and before that Digital Island)
San Francisco, California
Senior Network Engineer, Network Infrastructure, Managed Web Hosting
March, 2002 to December, 2002
• Team Lead, Managed Web Hosting Network Infrastructure group.
o Lead a five-engineer group providing top level support and working on long term projects for managed web hosting customers and infrastructure.
o Worked on integration of the Exodus and Digital Island web hosting networks with the Cable & Wireless Internet backbone, including bringing legacy hosting environments into compliance with Cable & Wireless standards.
o Trained network support and implementation engineers.
Senior Network Engineer, Network Infrastructure
December, 2001 to March, 2002
• Part of the team responsible for the building and maintenance of Digital Island's network backbone.
Network Engineer, Customer Engineering
June, 2000 to November, 2001
• Acting Team Lead, Western US Customer Engineering, April, 2001 to November, 2001. Led team responsible for installation and support of hosting services.
• Did large customized hosting installations, including multiple VLANs, Cisco PIX firewalls, Cisco CSS load balancers, and back-end T1 connections to the customers' facilities.
World Wide Net
Network Engineer/System Administrator
December, 1996 to April, 2000
• Responsible for the design and maintenance of a local Internet service provider’s network, which included six POPs throughout Southeastern Michigan.
• Unix/Linux system administration.
• Did customer leased-line installs and sales engineering.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
June, 1995 to December, 1996
• Consulted with clients on a variety of issues, including local area networks, Internet connectivity, hardware upgrades, and software issues.
Ann Arbor Public Schools
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Computer Resource Person
November, 1994 to June, 1995
• Maintained and supervised a high school computer lab and answered students' and teachers' computer questions.
• "Smart Growth" for the Internet, Any2 Exchange Quarterly Newsletter, November, 2007.
• Observations on Anycast Topology and Performance, DNS Operations Workshop, July, 2007.
• Geographic Implications of DNS Infrastructure Distribution, Internet Protocol Journal, March, 2007.
• Internet Mini-Cores: Local Communications in the Internet's "Spur" Regions, SANOG, February, 2005.
• Economics of Peering, Switch and Data Peering Forum, October, 2004.
• ISP Experiences with DDOS attacks, PAIX Peering Forum, December, 2003.
NANOG: North American Network Operators Group
• Secretary, Board of Directors, October 2011 to present.
• Membership chair, January to October, 2011.
• Chair of NewNOG Governance Working Group, and author of the current NANOG bylaws, 2010.
• Member of the NANOG Mailing List Administration Committee, 2005.
• Editor of the NANOG Charter, adopted in May, 2005.
• Author of “NANOG Reform” document, proposing a new organizational structure for the organization, February, 2005.