Ryan Grothouse

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University of Dayton - Bachelor of Computer Science


  • Graduate of the GE Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP)
  • Contributor To Docker
  • Team presented at DockerCon 2015 (https://youtu.be/RaSzmFkf4fM)
  • Certifications:
    • VMware Certified Professional 5 (VCP5 - 127546) ยท Oracle Certified Associate
    • RedHat Certified System Administrator 6
    • ITILv3

Technical Skills

Cloud: Docker, Mesosphere, VMware vCloud Automation Center
AWS: CloudFormation, Elastic Load Balancer, Auto-Scaling Groups, DynamoDB
Automation: Docker, Puppet, Chef
Virtualization: vSphere 5, ESXi 5.X
Programming: Go, Ruby, Nodejs, PHP, C#/.Net, Perl, JavaScript, HTML, BASH
Framework: Socketio, Sinatra, express3, jQuery, Rails4, AngularJS, Firebase
Version Control Systems: Git, SVN
Continuous Integration: Jenkins, Github
Operating Systems: Linux System Administration, OSX, Windows
Web Technologies: Nginx, HAProxy, Apache, Tomcat
Middleware: REST, SOAP, RabbitMQ
Database: MySQL, Oracle, DynamoDB, Firebase


Churchill Downs Incorporated
Senior Devops Engineer
September 2015 - Present

  • Leading organizational movement from traditional IT to Devops. Responsible for setting strategy and driving direction
  • Driving infrastructure automation through the adoption of Puppet, Docker, Ansible and AWS
  • Responsible for driving automation of release process through Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment. Initially converted a 6 day deployment process down to 10 minutes
  • Lead project to migrate 10 years of history and 300,000 lines of code from SVN to Github Enterprise
  • Provide day to day support for over 70 developers
  • Infrastructure and Linux System Administration support for our on-line betting site (www.twinspires.com)

General Electric, Appliance and Lighting
Senior Technologist: Advanced Engineering, Cloud and Devops
June 2014 - September 2015

  • Architected GEs hybrid/public cloud strategy leveraging Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Developed the process and supporting tools for moving external applications to the public cloud
  • Worked with GEs spin off company First Build to prototype the concept of intelligent appliances and their ability to manage Inventory in the home. Designed the data model and infrastructure behind the project. Concepts were presented at 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
  • Implementing the strategy for GEs next generation of cloud and compute built around containerized workloads leveraging Docker

General Electric, Appliance and Lighting
Senior Technologist: Cloud and Application Services
February 2012 - June 2014

  • Pioneered the GE A&L private cloud initiative to deliver IaaS and PaaS built on top of vSphere, Ruby REST services, RabbitMQ, Github, Jenkins for Continuous Integration and Delivery and Puppet for configuration management
  • Prototyped multiple private cloud offerings including VMware vCloud Automation Center, vCloud Director and Open Stack before pursuing an internally developed cloud
  • Architected and Developed a micro service based IaaS solution driving server builds from 3 weeks to 5 minutes, from manual to fully automated and 100% consistent
  • Developed Ruby orchestration code and multiple Ruby REST services to allow cloud server builds to self integrate with external systems (Backups, Monitoring, CMDB, IPAM, Active Directory)
  • Developed a multitude of Puppet modules, custom facts and functions to drive to automated server management
  • Leverage DevOps, Agile, Continuous Integration/Delivery and Test Driven Development practices to build and run the cloud platform

General Electric, Appliance and Lighting
ITLP: Consumer Home Services rotation
August 2011 - February 2012

  • Responsible Analyst for one of GEs major ecommerce website - www.geapplianceparts.com
  • Lead project of major site redesign for geapplianceparts.com, delivering features aimed at driving sales. Post redesign set record one day sales, increasing 49% over previous record
  • Provided technical requirements for deploying smart phones to over 1000 service technicians
  • Intern/Co-op coordinator - Supervised 20+ Interns for the GE IT intern program

General Electric, Appliance and Lighting
ITLP: TAS DBA rotation
February 2011 - August 2011

  • Member of Database infrastructure team supporting over 100 Oracle databases. Provided on-call and day to day operational support
  • Provide support for database setup, data refresh, ETL, job creation, query optimization

General Electric, Appliance and Lighting
ITLP: TAS Compute (Unix) rotation
June 2010 - February 2011

  • Member of Unix infrastructure team supporting over 2000 Unix/Linux servers. Provided on-call and day to day operational support
  • Developed Perl script and process to convert physical Linux servers to run on virtual infrastructure (p2v conversion). This process aided in the ability to be 100% virtualized