Gerardo Garcia-Sotelo works in Enterprise Cloud Services as a Lead Operating Systems Analyst. The ITS-Enterprise and Cloud Services (ECS) hosts the central server farm of CSUSB’s campus operations. ECS provides computing power, storage, network, cooling, power infrastructure, monitoring and backup services including digital data exchange to multiple departments and colleges across campus. In addition, ECS provides support services to campus enterprise applications such as Office365.
The ECS server room hosts CSUSB’s central private cloud using enterprise technology from VMware, DELL and VEEAM. This server room supports over 240 virtual servers and over 100 physical servers across campus from various departments. The ECS infrastructure hosts applications that support student success, such as library systems and virtual desktop infrastructure used in computer labs (VDI) to mention some.
In essence, the services that the ECS department provides to the CSUSB campus are mostly behind the scenes, but fundamental to the mission of the campus, which ultimately translates into student success.
As a Lead Operating System Analyst, Gerardo manages the day-to-day operation at the ECS server room. One of the most recent projects Gerardo has completed and feels proud of is the implementation and documentation of the Environmental Sensor Systems for the university’s Central Server Room. This system is currently in use to remotely monitor and send emails and text notifications about water leaks, power outages, and sudden changes in temperature and humidity conditions. He is also proud of maintaining expert knowledge on all business procedures associated with the assets and capacity planning in the ECS server room. Gerardo also coordinates the logistics and installation of incoming equipment and performs electrical and cooling load analysis to ensure proper functionality of the server room infrastructure.
On a personal note, Gerardo’s favorite food is Thai and he enjoys watching motorsports, action movies and documentaries. He also likes to work on cars and work on DIY home and garden improvements for his house.
His favorite place to travel is Hawaii because, he says, he enjoys the “warm water and blue ocean.” On his future travel bucket list is New Zealand and Norway.
Gerardo has been working for CSUSB for 11 years. In 1988, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. That same year, he began to work for Emerson Electric until 2000 when he left to became an international student to the CSUSB Yasuda Center. From there he graduated with his Masters in Computer Sciences in 2005. Currently, Gerardo is enrolled in the MPA CSUSB cohort.
To Gerardo, “CSUSB is like home to me. It is the institution that I graduated from; I enjoy my work, which also allows me the opportunity to contribute to student success. It is great to be part of the pack.”