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9 July 2014 | Written by Nicolas Michel

Profile

Who am I

My name is Nicolas Michel, I am a Senior Network Consultant experienced in Routing Switching, Collaboration, and Data Center . I love my job and I am always willing to learn something new. Information technology is a very dynamic area and it is mandatory to keep learning new protocols, products and to gain new skills.

I have 10 years of experience in high-end campus and datacenter networks.  I have designed several networks and UC solutions for customers based in Switzerland and France.

In my current role, I have the satisfaction to provide:

  • Design and deliver up to date and end to end Cisco collaboration and Data Center architectures
  • Lead UC architect for a customer that will organize a major sports event in France in 2016 – 3000 Phones – Clustering over wan – 20 locations)
  • Consulting in the Data Center field
  • Consulting in the Routing and Switching field

I am very interested in recent and emerging technologies like SDN, DevOps related to networking and UC. I am currently developing these skills. I really think that DevOps can be a huge asset for any IT engineer.

Certifications

I hold the current certifications:

CCIE #29410 Routing & Switching

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CCIE #29410 Data Center

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CCNA Routing & Switching

CCNP Routing & Switching

CCNP Voice

Technological Skills and knowledge

Routing and Switching

  • Spanning tree (PVST+ /  R-PVST+ / MST)
  • VTP
  • RIP
  • EIGRP
  • OSPF
  • BGP
  • GRE Tunnelling
  • IPv6
  • MPLS VPN
  • LISP
  • Multicast
  • QoS
  • EEM
  • NAT (I am also a big believer of the famous engineer quote : “Friends don’t let friends do NAT” )
  • Netflow (v5/v9)

Data Center

  • NX-OS
  • vPC / vPC+
  • Fabric Path
  • OTV
  • SAN Protocols (iSCSI / FC / FCoE)
  • NPV / NPIV
  • Cisco UCS B and C Series
  • Nexus 1000v
  • Vmware NSX
  • VMware vSphere 4.x – 5.x

Collaboration

  • Cisco Unified Communications Manager (7/8/9/10)
  • Cisco Unity Connection (7/8/9/10)
  • Cisco Unified Communication Manager IM and Presence (CUPS v8 , IM and P version 9/10)
  • Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express
  • Cisco Unity Express
  • Voice Gateways
  • Cisco Session Border Controller (CUBE)
  • Cisco Jabber (Windows / Mac / IPhone / IPad / Android) – Version 9/10/11 (early tester)
  • Cisco Jabber with Mobile Remote Access
  • Cisco Conductor
  • Cisco Virtual Telepresence Server (vTS) and MCU
  • Cisco Telepresence Management Server (Version 12.6 and 14.4)
  • Cisco VCS and Expressway (Version 7 and 8)
  • Cisco WebEx and Collaboration Meeting room (Hybrid – SaaS – On premise)
  • Cisco Proximity
  • Cisco Phones (from 79XX to DX 650 – 99XX)
  • Cisco Telepresence (C60 – SX – MX700 – MX800 with Speakertrack)
  • IP Trade Attendant Console
  • ARC Attendant Console
  • Protocols : SIP / H.323 / SCCP / MGCP

Programming Language

  • Python (In Progress)

Experiences

2015 (Senior Consultant at LANexpert Switzerland)

Collaboration

  • Global Worldwide Design – Interconnecting 4 CUCM clusters (Africa and Europe) using Intercluster Lookup and Global Dial Plan Replication
  • Telepresence Deployment : MX Devices – Conductor – Virtual Telepresence Server  on CUCM and integration with Cisco VCS
  • Cisco Jabber 10.6 Deployment
  • Migration from traditionnal TDM to SIP
  • Multiple Cisco UC Cluster upgrade : CUCM 9 to 10.5 – CUC 9 to 10.5 – UCCX 9 to 10.6
  • Telepresence Deployment: MX Expressway Deployments and B2B calls
  • Telepresence Deployment : MX Devices on CUCM – Cisco WebEx CMR SaaS – Expressways Integration – Back to Back Calls – H323/SIP Interworking

Data Center

  • vBlock Delivery Project
  • Catalyst 6800 – Nexus 7700 Delivery Project
  • VMware ESXi Upgrade 4.x to 5.x
  • Cisco UCS B Series Deployment

2014 (Senior Consultant at LANexpert Switzerland)

Collaboration

  • Full UC deployment based on version 9.x (CUCM / CUC / UCCX) in an international context
  • Several Jabber 10.5 Proof of concept and deployments
  • Telepresence Integration with the voice infrastructure (VCS 7.0 to CUCM 9.1)
  • Multiple Cisco UC Cluster upgrade : CUCM 8 to 9 – CUC 8 to 9
  • Deployed several remote branch offices
  • Branch Office Migration
  • CUCM Integration with Lync 2013

Routing and Switching

  • Cisco Catalyst 4600 VSS Migration
  • Cisco Catalyst 4500X VSS Migration

Data Center

  • Cisco Nexus 5500 deployment  with vPC
  • Cisco Nexus 5500 Troubleshooting
  • vCenter Deployment for our Internal IT Lab infrastructure
  • iSCSI Storage deployment based on Nexenta Storage
  • UCS C Series Deployment
  • UCS C Series Upgrade

 

2013 (Senior Consultant at LANexpert Switzerland)

Collaboration

  • Branch Office deployment: Cisco CME 8
  • Cisco Jabber 9 – WebEx – Telepresence Proof of Concept
  • CUCM Cluster extension to France from Switzerland
  • Several Branch Office deployment for Luxury shop
  • Secure Unified Communications Design (CAPF)
  • CUCM Interconnection between several sites ( Brazil – Spain – Morocco – Switzerland )

Routing and Switching

  • OSPF Multi Area Design and redistribution into BGP – In charge of the Lab for Proof of concept and the migration. – Multiple Service Provider design – Hardware migration – Expertise (http://blog.ipspace.net/2013/03/inter-process-ospf-route-selection-rules.html)
  • Branch Office deployment : Cisco Wireless, Cisco Switching (Cat 3750X) and WAN (MPLS)
  • Secur’Activ Deployment
  • Speaker at Expert Day 13  (http://www.veltigroup.com/site/en/news-events/item/lanexpert/feed/save-the-date-expertday13-it-deluge/)

Data Center

  • Cisco Nexus 5500 deployment  with vPC
  • Cisco Nexus 5500 Troubleshooting
  • Global Latency Troubleshooting
  • IP Address Migration

Security

  • DMVPN Troubleshooting
  • IPSec VPN L2L Deployment
  • IPSec VPN Troubleshooting

 

2012 (Senior Consultant at LANexpert Switzerland)

Collaboration

  • Major CUCM Deployment based on version 8.X
  • Cisco Jabber 9 – WebEx – Telepresence Proof of Concept

Routing and Switching

  • Network Auditing
  • Cisco Catalyst 4500 Deployment

Data Center

  • Cisco Nexus 5500 deployment  with vPC
  • Security
  • IPSec VPN L2L Deployment

 

2010-2011 (TAC Engineer at Spie Communication France)

Routing and Switching

  • TAC engineer in a Cisco Gold Partner company.
  • Most of my activities were focused on troubleshooting the following protocols: MPLS VPN, BGP, OSPF, EIGRP, IPSec

Data Center

Cisco 6500 (included VSS), 45XX, 7600

2009-2010 (Network Engineer at CS-SI)

  • In charge of a military network
  • Design of the new architecture
  • Expertise in CiscoWorks LMS 3.x + HUM
  • Cisco routers 3845, 2811
  • Cisco switches 2960, 3750
  • Cisco ASA
  • EIGRP, OSPF, STP, VTP, HSRP, VRRP, GLBP, DHCP
  • QoS
  • Security: IP Source guard, DHCP Snooping, Dynamic ARP Inspection, VPN, Control plane Security, TACACS)
  • Netflow V5
  • MPLS

 

2003-2008 (Network Engineer and Telecommunication Engineer at French Air Force)

  • Windows 2003 Server, Active Directory, DNS, DHCP
  • Cisco Switching (2950 – 3750)
  • L3 network extension
  • Nagios Deployment
  • PBX Administration (Alcatel 4400)

 

Awards

National Defense Bronze Medal (Air Force Medal)

 

 


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