Wesley Irish
1022 Wilmington Way
Redwood City, CA 94062


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Work Experience:

2002 - Present Coyote Hill Consulting LLC, Redwood City, CA
President and Founder
I provide network, systems, and security consulting for organizations of all sizes. I have experience in corporate, research, and higher education environments with a strong emphasis on making products, systems and teams work smoothly. My services include: technical expert, research, investigations, product development, inovative solutions, education, training, operations, team building, and organizational transformation. Some of my clients, and the services that I have provided for them, are summarized here:
Meyer Sound Laboratories, Incorporated, Berkeley, CA Ethernet Expert, systems analysis, white paper authoring, network design, technical training.
West Valley Flying Club, Palo Alto, CA Chairman of the Board, acting CIO/CTO, IT System redesign and implementation, migration to Google Apps
Foothill-De Anza Community College District Analysis of District-Wide Network Inrastructure ITB and vendor proposals. Review and mapping of existing infrastructure, creation of 5-10 year network plan, new network design, creation of technical bid specification for acquisition of new network infrastructure
San José State University Interim Director Network Services, mentoring, design reviews, firewalls, security, wireless design and rollout, automation, monitoring systems
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, San José Network security and operations review, network Redesign, performance improvements, staff training
Hillsborough Community College, Florida Network performance testing and investigation, security review, design review, improvement recommendations
Palo Alto Research Center Test suite design, automation, vendor interface, troubleshooting, project management
2008 - 2010 iControl Networks, Palo Alto, CA
Vice President Information Technology & Hosting Operations
iControl Networks is the leading company in Internet-based home management, including home security, home energy management, remote video access, etc. At iControl I was responsible for server hosting and server infrastructure for the iControl service, infrastructure and support for the office / engineering / development / QA environment, phone and alarm systems, etc. During my tenure we implemented numerous technical and operational improvements across the IT and Hosting spectrum. Some examples include: Implemented a help desk ticketing system to better manage and track customer requests and internal tasks, new standards for desktops and laptops resulting in greatly improved reliability and supportability, comprehensive storage and backup plan to properly protect the company's work and intellectual property, improved building and network security while making authorized access easier, improved inventory and asset tracking, overhauled the system build and deployment process, designed and implemented High Availability network and systems for new production environments, overhauled monitoring systems and process, worked with customers to create and manage their own production environments for the iControl solution, created and managed a robust and accurate time infrastructure.

2006 - 2007 Topix, Palo Alto, CA
VP Operations
Topix is a top 20 Internet news and community web site with local news for everywhere. As VP Operations my responsibilities included all IT issues for the production (collocation facilities), development, and office environments. In a year's time I built a team of knowledgeable and capable people to address the many IT challenges within the company. As a team we made significant improvements to the IT infrastructure, including upgrades or replacements of: Internet connectivity, mail system, network, OS / build system, security, wireless, remote access, load balancing, DHCP, DNS, VoIP, OBM, etc., all with an eye towards improving scalability, usability, stability, manageability, disaster recovery, business continuity, and cost effectiveness.

2004 - 2005 Stanford University, Information Technology Services (ITS), Stanford, CA
Director of Networking Systems
My department was responsible for Stanford's many Internet and Internet2 connections, backbone design and operation, campus-wide wireless, operational network security including firewalls and intrusion detection, basic network services such as DNS and time, as well as local network service for specific departments. I was instrumental in the creation, promotion, and planning for both a new electronic security initiative and a campus-wide network redesign.

1991 - 2002 Xerox, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Palo Alto, CA
Chief Technologist of Technical Infrastructure and Systems Development
Senior Network Scientist
Member of the Research Staff
PARC Network Manager

As Chief Technologist of Technical Infrastructure and Systems Development (TISD) I was responsible for the technical oversight, direction, and planning for all of PARC's Networking, Computing, and Telecom infrastructure and systems. This includes providing the technical leadership and direction for the approximately two dozen TISD staff.

As Network Scientist I conducted research in Networks, Network Operations, Network Management, Network Monitoring, Communications, Distributed Systems, and Infrastructure. I was responsible for network and computing infrastructure planning, evaluation, design and implementation. I served as an expert resource for PARC and Xerox and lead tiger teams to many locations around the country to resolve problems for ciritical customers.

As PARC's Network Manager I had direct operational responsibility for PARC's Network and the Network Support Staff.

Technical Experience: (abbreviated summary)

Protocols: TCP/IP, NAT, XNS, IPX, AppleTalk, PUP, ...
Networking: Routers, switches, WAPs, analyzers, sniffers, scopes, network management, ...
Cisco, Juniper, Alcatel, Sniffer, Ethereal, LeCroy, InterMapper, MRTG, ...
Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gb, ATM, VLANs, multicast, NAT, 802.11a/b/g/n, ...
DSL, VPN, ISDN, WAP, mobility, wireless, DHCP, ...
Firewalls: Cisco, Juniper, Check Point, SonicWall, Packeteer, ...
Load Balancers: F5, Cisco ACE, A10, Ultra Monkey, ...
Security: Firewalls, IDS/IDP, Deep Packet Inspection, Encryption, SIM, Vulnerbility scanning, ...
Packet Capture: Wireshark (Ethereal), tcpdump, NetStumbler, ...
Monitoring: OpenNMS, RDD, JRobin, Nagios, HP OpenView, Cricket, MRTG, InerMapper, ...
Environments: Linux / Unix (numerous distros), Windows, Mac, SunOS, Cedar, XDE, ...
WWW: LAMP, HTML, CSS, Apache, PHP, Javascript, cgi, Browsers, proxy services, ...
Languages: PHP, perl, awk, C, Mesa, Cedar, scripting, LISP, FORTH, ...
Basement: Hardware design and debugging, micro code, assembler, device drivers, ...

Seminal Publications:

Epidemic Algorithms for Replicated Database Maintenance
Alan Demers, Mark Gealy, Dan Greene, Carl Hauser, Wes Irish, et al
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Publication Number: CSL-89-1
Abstract: When a database is replicated at many sites, maintaining mutual consistency among the sites in the face of updates is a significant problem. This paper describes several randomized algorithms for distributing updates and driving the replicas toward consistency...


A Route Server
Wesley R. Irish
United States Patent Office, Patent Number: 6,757,281, Issue Date: June 29, 2004
European Patent Office, Patent Number: EP1109376, Publication Date: June 20, 2001

Controlled Shielding of electronic tags
Want, Fishkin, Gujar, Harrison, Irish
United States Patent Office, Patent Number: 6,342,830, Issue Date: January 29, 2002

Selectively enabled electronic tags
Want, Fishkin, Gujar, Harrison, Irish
United States Patent Office, Patent Number: 6,008,727, Issue Date: December 28, 1999

Information management system supporting multiple electronic tags
Want, Fishkin, Gujar, Harrison, Irish
European Patent Office, Patent Number: EP0986020, Publication Date: March 15, 2000


Rochester Institute of Technology, Computer Science


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