Darryl Ryan

Darryl Ryan

Web Infrastructure Team Leader at Imperial College London

United Kingdom

Technical & data feasibility

As part of a customer-focused IT division, I lead a small team that offers web technologies support and hosting.
I am responsible for the day to day running of the organisation's web infrastructure (ITIL) and for planning and project managing new additions (PRINCE2) and improvements as well as developing web applications to support the business (.NET/AGILE/SCRUM).

My team look after a wide range of university-owned services ranging from the college main web site and Google search appliance, Sharepoint collaboration portals and academic course registration and evaluation systems, through to hotel accommodation booking, alumni fund raising, grant proposal systems and high security clinical trials.

Working in an enterprise scale environment I have experience deploying and managing servers and applications in clustered, load balanced configurations on large server farms and using virtualization and cloud technologies as well as integrating systems with authentication providers and data sources.

I also have the additional role of ICT Safety Officer and manage all ICT safety issues, including CO2 evacuation of the data centres, and controlling risks to engineers from asbestos and when entering scientific laboratories. I have studied and obtained the NEBOSH NGC qualification in that capacity.

Outside of work I run a small Ltd company and offer freelance consultancy and web development services. I am involved in a number of open source software projects, most notably an open-source game server which has many hundreds of thousands of players worldwide. On the back of that experience I am working on a 3d online game project with two others which we expect to launch in around three years time.

Lately I have also been particularly interested in Node.js, GeoGIS and BigData and have started the groundwork for an innovative new web site built on those technologies which will aim to help people struggling to find work and an affordable home in the current climate.

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