Nathan Chowning

GNU/Linux System Administrator

Technical Certifications

Red Hat Certification ID: 130-141-526

  • Red Hat Certified Architect
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Clustering and Storage Management
  • Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Performance Tuning
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening
  • Red Hat Certified Engineer
  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator in Red Hat OpenStack
  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator

Professional Experience

Nationwide Insurance

GNU/Linux System Administrator

June 2013-Current

  • Managed 3000+ servers running various software on multiple platforms
  • Maintainer of a SAN abstraction Python package – nsc_linux_storage
  • Rewrote server lifecycle management web application – Lifecycle
  • Created Python package for interacting with Lifecycle RESTful API – pycycle


GNU/Linux (RHEL, SLES), Red Hat Satellite, svn, EMC Powerpath, Oracle RAC, VCS (Veritas Cluster Server), Python, Django, Django REST framework

Highlights for Children

GNU/Linux System Engineer

May 2012-June 2013

  • Designed, managed, and secured web infrastructure for Highlights and its child companies
  • Improved upon automation and monitoring practices for infrastructure
  • Created Puppet module to automate application firewalls across all servers
  • Researched and assisted in implementation of web-facing Single Sign-On solutions for Highlights branded sites


GNU/Linux (CentOS), Apache, MySQL, Puppet, haproxy, GlusterFS, NFS, git, Nagios, Rackspace API (pyrax Python module), Python, Perl


Manager of Technical Operations

Feb 2010-May 2012

  • Managed 300+ CentOS servers running a wide variety of software
  • Deployed and provided troubleshooting for Ruby on Rails applications
  • Authored an application to dynamically create new Wordpress sites in an existing Wordpress Network via spreadsheet/CSV


GNU/Linux (RHEL, CentOS), Apache, MySQL, Puppet, cPanel, Plesk, Sphera, Virtuozzo/OpenVZ, Exim, Sendmail, qmail, git, Nagios/Icinga, R1Soft, Python, Perl