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Team Opsani is the place where we pull back the Opsani curtain and share stories about our team and our internal goings-on. Here, we sit down for a chat with Robert Starmer, our consulting solutions architect.

Welcome to #TeamOpsani, Robert. What background and experience do you bring to the team?

I’ve been working in the systems automation and operations space for 25+ years, including application delivery, datacenter systems, and more recently the cloud infrastructure services.  I have a BS in electrical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and have worked for small and large technology companies. Over the past five years, I founded and have been the lead solutions architect for Kumulus Technologies,  an IT services consultancy helping fortune 500 companies in their transition to cloud enhanced development models. I also teach on a number of cloud enablement topics across a number of different online and in-person platforms, with a focus on the intersection between application and infrastructure automation development and operations.

So you’re a consulting solutions architect. What does that involve exactly, and how does it differ from other forms of engineering?

The solutions architect and its related customer engineering role is focused on the integration of a tool like the Opsani optimization SaaS tools and the customer’s production and test applications.  While we do define both the process of integration, and in certain instances implement custom integration strategies and the resultant servo connection code, our focus is actually more on how to understand the performance characteristics of a customer application in order to best effect application changes for optimization purposes. This is an exciting area intersecting the automation of application delivery and scaling infrastructure and application operations and the underlying continuous integration that drives DevOps.

How would you explain what Opsani does to someone with only a basic understanding of the industry?

At its most basic, Opsani makes applications perform as well as, or better than they currently do, on the most cost-effective infrastructure.  A slightly more detailed view is that Opsani can tune an application, both in terms of the best performance options and the most cost-effective infrastructure to be running on to both improve performance and help save cost. 

What, in your view, is most impressive about Opsani as a piece of technology? 

Clearly it’s the machine learning service component that accelerates time to optimization.  This capability actually enables optimization without the need for classical static load generation test environments, and can actually optimize against actual production traffic in a live system.  This is both unique and really powerful. It provides a more accurate and more efficient optimization process.

We hear you do a bit of marketing on the side! What do you see as Opsani’s unique market opportunity and niche?

The live workload optimization is really the most impressive capability, as it really enables accurate optimization and truly leverages the machine learning capabilities behind the platform.  

Do you have any major macro goals for 2020?

The major goal I see as a solutions architect is simplification, making it easy to understand and integrate the Opsani tools for customer success.

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