Balazs Pocze


I am an experienced UNIX engineer, currently I am working as a Devops/DBA for Gizmodo Media LLC. I spent this decade around high traffic, high availability web sites. I can code in several programming languages (golang, python, perl, bash), and nowadays I am moving towards AWS.

Senior Datastore Engineer
Gizmodo Media Group
2016 -

Technically the same company as Gawker, but now be belong to Univision. We moved the entire platform from physical datacenters to AWS, and we changed all the underlying technologies. The databases moved to RDS/Aurora (MySQL compatible) and all the applications containerized, and served from Kubernetes. We are heavily using Cloudformation and pipelines for platform management. My work beside common DBA related work is system automation - mostly with AWS API.

Database Administrator
Gawker Media LLC
2013 - 2016

I worked as a DBA on a system, which utilised about 50 mysql servers. All the database server operations were automated by me, like backups, or new replica creation. In our stack we used ansible for process automation, puppet for server configuration management, jenkins for triggering jobs. I also participated to ansible project as creating the mysql-replication, and the mysql-variables modules for them. Both of the projects become part of the official ansible release. We were heavily used Percona software, like percona-toolkit or xtrabackup.

Senior System Administrator
IT-Services Hungary
2012 - 2013
I was a Citrix (XenApp, XenServer, VMWare) administrator here. We were worked for Philips, providing their users a stable and reliable work environment. We were a part of an international team, but our stack was limited to Citrix and Virtualisation.
Systems Engineer
Allegroup kft
I operated high traffic websites (,,,, with zero downtime tolerated. Linux server administration, Apache webservers (with php), Oracle, and MySQL databases, squid, nginx. I've planned the KVM virtualisation cluster here. I've administrated mass mailing systems (12all and Neolane), and I were participated as system architect of Neolane system. I've worked on some international projects too ( (bg), (ru), (pl), (ro)). I've got experiences with chef configuration management software.
Systems Engineer
Virgo Systems
Worked with Linux, Tomcat application servers, MySQL and Oracle database servers (MySQL replication, Oracle RAC), HAProxy, Varnish, Squid, Lighttpd, Nginx, Virualiziation. Worked with high network traffic, with zero downtime tolerated.
Systems Engineer
Neti Kft
Unix / Linux support engineer, working on a nationwide network, administrating and debugging applications, operating systems, and network problems. Worked with Solaris (SPARC), HPUX (ia64), Linux (i386/amd64). Worked with Oracle, worked with Veritas Netbackup, and other software, firewalls, basic network servers (bind, dhcp). I've administrated Microsoft Active Directory, Citrix terminal servers too.
System Administrator
Verlag Dashofer Kft
System administrator at a publishing company with 120 users. At the time I worked there, I migrated the whole network from Novell Netware to Active Directory, I created and installed a web service platform, and did full stack of the possible IT related work. I got experiences there in mail services administration (incuding mass mailing), database server administration, DNS, DHCP, MS AD, I've created automated client computer installation system, to make my work easier.
System Administrator
System administrator on client computers (Mostly Windows 98 with Novell Netware), webserver administration (Linux/apache) and internet mail system administration (sendmail).
  • MySQL
  • Linux
  • Puppet
  • Unix Shell Scripting
  • TCP/IP
  • Python
  • Golang
  • AWS
  • Perl
  • Apache
  • DNS
  • SQL
  • Tomcat
  • Active Directory
  • Memcached
  • Mongodb
  • Nginx
  • Red Hat
  • Linux
  • Windows Server
  • Ubuntu
  • Git
  • LVM
  • VMware ESX
  • DNS
  • Network Design
  • DRBD
  • Internet
  • Debian
  • Chef
  • Powershell
  • XenApp
  • XenServer
  • XenDesktop