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Monday, 20 May 2019
Systems Management
Systems Management

This is the section wherein I talk about the hardware systems work I've done with various clients over the years.

Thursday, 19 January 2012 13:23

Manhattan Wardrobe Supply

Written by Matt Osgood
Manhattan Wardrobe Supply is one of the most complex projects I've ever been a part of.  From their beginnings as a two computer/two printer shop with an afterthought web presence to the current website that does >$1.5M in sales annually to the support staff of shipping, stocking and computers that goes with that.
Thursday, 24 June 2010 07:02

Crown Bar

Written by Matt Osgood
Crown Bar opened a couple years ago to much fanfare and long lines, but one person who can always get in the door is Matt, Crown's technical advisor and all-around fix-it guy.  Having drawn up cost documents at different price points for the management pre-opening and subsequently advising on office technical purchases, Matt is the only guy they call when they need something.

He spent hours in the ceiling during construction, running cabling to a pair of checkout machines, set up a dual-zone open/protected WiFi network, and configured the firewall to accommodate the OpenTable system as well as the office systems.
Thursday, 24 June 2010 06:18

Winston's

Written by Matt Osgood
Winston's was Matt's first LA bar tech work, and from there, he's gotten myriad referrals.
Thursday, 07 April 2011 16:17

Custom Systems

Written by Matt Osgood
Clients have requested that I build custom servers and workstations for business or personal use.

This picture is of a 4U Rackmount chassis that sports 20 hotswap drives - complete overkill for all but the most demanding storage needs, and exactly what some of my clients want.  Coupled with a Xeon processor and a cascade of SAS-to-SATA connectors, this system puts terabytes of storage into play with ease.

Sometimes you need more power than your off-the-shelf Linksys router can give you, either in terms of packet support or firewall strength and extensibility.  In that case, I recommend (and build) secure, power-efficient network infrastructure that runs Smoothwall GPL or pfSense.  These small, rackmount machines do DHCP, firewall, VPN and QoS (among other options) and can really make a difference in your network's performance and security.
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 22:49

Backup Servers

Written by Matt Osgood
I run a backup server at a client's offices in Manhattan and remotely manage it from LA or wherever I am.
Thursday, 02 September 2010 15:51

Hope & Faith

Written by Matt Osgood
For the pilot of Hope & Faith for ABC Television in 2003, I was tapped to provide the rental systems (14), the printers and the networking hardware and to put it all together.  The real challenge here was the fact that I was given basically a weekend to do the install.  The rental was on monthly terms for the entire package, and was aggressively negotiated by the show-runner, but my bid impressed her, and I won the contract.

With help from a fellow techie, we managed the job, but it was harrowing getting everything installed and configured and then networked (wireless wasn't the ubiquity that it is today, of course, and few people brought their own laptops).  This was my first rental job of any size, and it led directly to other, similar gigs in the NYC Television industry.