This week we’re happy to welcome Barton Nicholls to the Cohesive Networks team.
Barton Nicholls is our new Boston-based Solutions Architect. Barton will jump right in to helping Cohesive Networks customers, from testing out proof of concepts for new customers to helping existing customers troubleshoot VNS3 deployments. “All of my interactions with the folks at Cohesive Networks have been great” said Barton. “I have a lot of respect for the people here. It was an easy decision to join Cohesive.”
Barton came to us from SimpliSafe, where he was a DevOps Engineer. But we got to know Barton through his work at both Cengage Learning and Pega Systems. As someone who’s been on the buy side, the operations teams, and product support teams of numerous technologies Barton has an excellent ability to cut through the complexity to find a solution.
“I think there’s a convergence of necessary skills in the security field and in the DevOps field” said Barton. “People who do DevOps are starting to see that they should think about security, and people that do security work realize they should understand DevOps a lot better.”
We are very glad to have Barton on board at Cohesive. Not only does Barton add a vast knowledge of DevOps and public cloud platforms, his Boston location helps us stay in sync with our East Coast customers. Barton is also an active member of the Boston DevOps community. Check out Barton’s Boston DevOps talk on using Spinnaker to improve visibility into the continuous delivery process with his SimpliSafe colleague Ed Rousseau (https://www.youtube.com/Lk_Lr1vra7M).
Barton is looking forward to getting deeper into the technology of network security. “I feel it’s an area of my skill set that could be strengthened” Barton told me. “I see working at Cohesive as an opportunity to build out that area of my knowledge while helping bridge the worlds of security and DevOps for our customers’ projects.”
Here’s a many successful customer projects, Barton!
Some fun facts about Barton, in no particular order:
Favorite snack: cheese and crackers
Childhood nickname: none!
Favorite TV show: way too many. Lately, the best has been Luther.
Do you play any instruments? Guitar, specifically my Fender Stratocaster
Any technical certifications? MCSE for Windows NT 4.0