Management

Patrick H. Piper - President/Owner and Principal Consultant  linkedin-iconLinkedin

Patrick has over 20 years of experience in IT networking, with an emphasis on IPAM, DNS, and DHCP technologies.  He graduated from N.C. State University with a BA in Business Management and was an All-American in Cross Country and Track.  During his early work years following graduation, he took his running to the National level at the Marathon distance, by qualifying for the 1994 Olympic Trials in just his first Marathon.  Today, he applies the same hard work ethic and dedication that helped him be successful as an athlete to his IT consultancy.  Patrick followed a well-planned job progression, starting as a systems engineer working in network operating systems and routing technologies.  He advanced into consulting, where he learned how to effectively communicate and interface with technical and non-technical personnel on various large-scale IP services projects.  In 1995, he founded Netlinx, Inc. originally as a systems integration firm focused on small business networking.  Over the last 15 years his focus and emphasis has been on providing professional consulting and development services in the IPAM industry to large Enterprise firms. In 2012, Patrick joined Wells Fargo & Co. as the technical lead for the DDI Engineering team where he provided design, architecture, and engineering work to the firm to lead its 6.4M dollar DDI reengineering project. In Aug. of 2014, he re-branded Netlinx, Inc. to DDI Guru LLC to operate, once again, as a top-provider of DDI Engineering, Consulting, and Automation Services company. 

Our History

Founded in 1995, Netlinx, Inc. is headquartered in Park City, UT, USA, with global operations.

1995
Patrick H. Piper founded Netlinx, Inc. as a small systems integration firm.  The business focused on designing, implementing, and supporting small business networks.  The firm specialized in deploying the network operating system Novell NetWare in support of its business clients.

1997
Netlinx, Inc. is named as one of Quadritek's exclusive QAgent business partners.  Quadritek Systems, the original manufacturer of QIP, outsourced a significant portion of its professional services delivery through its QAgent program.  QAgents were responsible for initial design, installation, support, and maintenance of the QIP product.

1998
Netlinx Inc. continues to establish itself as a premier QIP independent solutions provider when Lucent Technologies purchases QIP from Quadritek Systems.  The QIP product name is changed to VitalQIP and is the most robust IPAM product in the marketplace.

1998
Netlinx, Inc. assists Lucent Technologies in software Quality Assurance (QA) for the eminent release of VitalQIP 5.0, one of the most significant releases of the VitalQIP software family.

1999
Netlinx, Inc has done business with over 60 Fortune 500 customers worldwide, performing various installs, upgrades, and troubleshooting support efforts.

1999 - 2008
Netlinx, Inc. is engaged by a Fortune 50 financial services firm in support their worldwide implementation of VitalQIP.  Netlinx, Inc. provides professional consulting and software development services in support of their IPAM environment, consisting of 200+ infrastructure servers, 1,200 Domains, and over 1.2 Million IP Addresses.

2009
Netlinx, Inc. achieves the industry certifications with Infoblox: Infoblox CICA - Certified Infoblox Core Administrator, Infoblox CICE - Certified Infoblox Core Engineer.

2012
Patrick Piper joins Wells Fargo & Co. as full-time resource. He guides the firm as the tech lead for its DDI Engineering team, providing engineering, design, architecture, and development services as part of the firms $6.4M DDI re-engineering project.

2014
Netlinx, Inc. is re-branded as DDI Guru LLC.

Present
DDI Guru continues the tradition of delivering "best-in-class" IPAM-specific professional services to customers.

Testimonials

Our customers are the most important resource we deal with. Check out what others have to say about the DDI Guru...

  • I have worked with Patrick for over a year as we have worked together to merge two completely different IP management platforms and cultures into one. His understanding of QIP, Infoblox, and the DNS and DHCP protocols is second to none. I highly recommend Patrick and Netlinx to any firm needing his consulting services and would be glad to serve as a reference.
    Sam Linton, Wells Fargo & Co.
  • Patrick is a recruiter's honor to work with. He has been a consultant of mine/INT Technologies for our Fortune 100 clients. His work is continuously complimented by hiring managers and other key stakeholders on his projects. Patrick is technically diverse and has a passion for technology and his profession. He is reliable, self efficient and goal oriented. Patrick is a true asset to any team and organization.
    Tamara Maloney, INT Technologies
  • I have had a number of opportunities to employee Patrick in the performance of work for key customers. Patrick has an excellent command of various technologies that any small or large company might have need of, including LAN, WAN, system administration, database, scripting, DNS, DHCP, and many more that are too numerous to mention. Patrick's standards and quality of work are impeccable and are what I would consider to be at the very top of his profession. He has the unique ability to quickly grasp the layout of any task assigned and provide not only recommendations, but also the ability to perform and execute the tasks. His integrity is beyond reproach. I give Patrick my highest possible recommendation.
    Don Galaska, Alcatel-Lucent
  • I worked with Patrick for 3 years at Citigroup as a member of the DNS Integration team. Patrick's vast knowledge of web development, database technologies, networking tools, and IPAM/DNS/DHCP products make him an invaluable asset to the organization. During my tenure at Citigroup, I witnessed Patrick develop tools that made the entire DNS teams more efficient and effective. Whenever there was a process that was prone to error, Patrick would immediately recognize it, and write tools that would either monitor it, or simply provide more visibility for troubleshooting the process. Patrick is very self-starting, and did not need his manager to direct him in such cases. Simply put, he knows exactly what needs working on, and knows how to perform the work. Patrick also possesses requisite management skills and is able to deal with all people at all levels in the organization. He demonstrated the ability to give detailed technical explanations or high level presentations to either technical personnel or senior management. Patrick is a well rounded individual and this unique skill set brings nothing but value to anyone that retains his services. I consider Patrick one of my mentors and give him credit for helping me learn more deeply about web technology, scripting and DNS/DHCP. To this day, I can tap him on the shoulder and ask him any question, whether it be technical or personal, and he will give his full attention to me and help me in any way he can. I fully recommend Patrick and can be contacted for more information.
    Salvatore Cascio, Cisco Systems
  • Patrick and I worked together in the DNS engineering group. We worked on several projects consolidating and/or upgrading VitalQIP environments. He's a great colleague and a great teacher. He helped me to learn Perl and PHP.
    Kris Hubert, Citigroup
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What We Do

DDI Guru, is a provider of professional consulting, engineering and development services in the DNS, DHCP, and IPAM space commonly referred to as DDI. 

Expertise

The company's vast industry knowledge and experience creates a strong foundation in IPAM, DNS, DHCP technologies, and TCP/IP services.  In addition to its consulting and engineering offering, DDI Guru, has added custom software development services to its service capabilities.  The addition of custom development services makes DDI Guru uniquely qualified for any automation, customization, and integration projects that involve IPAM, DNS, and DHCP technologies.

Approach

The DDI Guru approach involves delivering DDI solutions for enterprise customers that solve their requirements, create efficiencies, effect operational savings, while minimizing exposure to risk.  DDI Guru delivers the most optimal solution to the most complex client projects.  No matter what the task is, we approach every engagement with unparalleled professionalism, dedication, perseverance, and enthusiasm.  Ultimately, we ensure our customers are successful.

Process

DDI Guru, prides itself on being able to understand how your business runs its IPAM DNS & DHCP environment.  When called upon we have the ability to examine from beginning to end how IP addresses, hostnames, DNS & DHCP Servers, subnets, domains, and networks are administered.  We do this by examining your company's business processes, as well as, outside influences, such as:

  • Request Initiation
  • Request Tracking
  • Audit & Compliance
  • Standards & Policies
  • Change Control Procedures
  • Implementation
  • Checkout, Verification, and Validation

Our analysis of your DDI architecture and processes provides decomposition information about your current and future needs.  Requirements that stem from our evaluation help us shape the end-to-end solutions that will increase your ROI and improve process work-flows.

Results

Due to our success, DDI Guru has done business with over 75 Fortune 500 customers world-wide.  Our firm has performed countless successful installations of DDI solutions, upgrades, integration projects, and troubleshooting efforts. Additionally, we've performed on-site custom training classes.

DDI Guru Customers

  • Consumer +

    GM
    Harley-Davidson
    Hershey Foods
    Kodak
    Meijer
    Publix
    RJ Reynolds
    TJ Max
  • Education +

    Franklin and Marshall Univ.
    N.C. State University
    Univ. of Minnesota
    Washington Univ. in St. Louis
  • Financial +

    BankOfAmerica
    Bank Of NY
    Barclay's Bank
    Bear Sterns
    Citigroup
    First Union
    Freddie Mac
    Global Cash Associates
    Mellon Bank
    Newcourt Services
    Solomon Smith Barney
    Standard & Poors
    The Equitable
    USAA
    Wachovia
    Wells Fargo & Company
  • Healthcare +

    Comm. Hospitals of Indianapolis
    Grant-Riverside
    Inova
    Johns Hopkins Medical Center
    Univ. of New Mexico Hopitals
  • Miscellaneous +

    AEP
    Boise Cascade
    Dofasco
    Ford Foundation
    Freightliners
    General Dynamics Corporation
    ICS
    INT Technologies
    Iridium
    Johnson Controls
    Jonesday
    M&I Data
    Metropolitan Water Dist.
    Newmont Gold
    Penske Logistics
    Sempra Energy
    Tribune
    TVA
  • Pharmaceutical +

    Bristol Meyers Squibb
    Merck
    Parke-Davis
  • Technology +

    Birch Telecom
    British Telecom INS
    Cable & Wireless
    CTC
    Decision One
    Ericsson
    First Data Merchant Services
    First Data Solutions
    IBM
    Infoblox
    Lucent Technologies
    Motorola
    Navisite
    Raytheon
    Twitch
    VeriFone
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DDI Guru's Skills

  • Programming +

    Java
    Javascript
    Node.js
    Perl
    PHP
    Python
    Ruby
  • Virtualization +

    KVM (qemu)
    OpenStack
    VMware ESXi
    Xen
  • Operating Systems +

    Apple OS X
    FreeBSD
    Linux
    Microsoft
    NetBSD
    Solaris
  • Linux Distributions +

    CentOS
    Debian
    Fedora
    Red Hat
    Ubuntu
  • Network Devices +

    Alcatel-Lucent (VitalQIP)
    Bluecat
    Brocade (Vyatta)
    BT Diamond IP
    Cisco
    Infoblox
    VyOS
  • Software +

    DNS (ISC Bind, NSD, Unbound)
    DHCP (ISC DHCP, Alcatel-Lucent)
    OpenLDAP (slapd)
    Microsoft Active Directory NTP
  • Web Servers +

    Apache
    Lighttpd
    Nginx
    Tomcat
  • Databases +

    MongoDB
    MySQL
    PostgreSQL
    Oracle
    SQLite
    Sybase
  • Monitoring +

    Cacti
    Nagios
    Ganglia
    Graphite
    Cubism.js
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