Thomas Cope – An introduction…

Hello it’s me, Tom.C!

I am an Apprentice working as an “AIX and Infrastructure and Security specialist” at IBM. Now you’re probably thinking to yourself; what on earth is AIX? Well AIX is IBM’s UNIX operating system – it’s like Linux (but I prefer AIX!). You can read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_AIX or http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/software/aix/about.html . So what do I do exactly? Well one of the great things about the IBM Apprenticeship is that you can do a lot of different things; I help to support, maintain and upgrade 300 servers on my project, I help with project security and writing scripts / programs. I have also worked as a design architect and performance analyst.pbox

So that’s what I do in a nut shell. What about me? So my name is Thomas Cope. I’m a gaming / inventing / programming enthusiast. I enjoy Team Fortress 2 , Minecraft and Garry’s Mod. I spend my free time tinkering with my IBM P-series server (shown below) or creating Java, C, C# applications.

I have created my own programming language using C++ and recreated HACMP (an IBM product) for Minecraft. This means you can share a server with a friend and when one of you goes offline the server will move off their computer and on to yours so your Minecraft server will always stay online. I have created my own command line computer using my Arduino which is attached to the printer and willarduinoOS print off my to-do list everyday so I know what I need to do that day.

As you might have guessed I’m a bit of a techie and that’s the reason why I decided to go for the IBM apprenticeship – it is the one place knew I could get a hands on experience. It was recommended to me both by my college and by my parents, So I decided to give it a go. I filled out the online form, sent it off and hoped for the best. Lo and behold I got to the next stage where I performed an aptitude test online. After that I went to an Assessment centre at IBM Southbank (London) where I had to give a personal presentation, partake in a business interview and attend some group activity’s. In the group activities we had to work as a team to solve logic problems.

After a couple of weeks I received a phone call to say I had been accepted into IBM!

So where am I now? Well due to the diversity of IBM I have tried a lot of new things; I have performed hardware maintenance at multiple data centres, installing IBM P-series / Linux Blades / Disk arrays. I have built an entire operating environment, architect a solution for a new project, performed performance analytics and created a document for the client. I have programmed in different languages, creating innovative applications to help both myself and the project to perform better and complete tasks quicker. Examples of this are ASP which can search 1,000 of log files to find error codes for faster debugging, AIXadmin which can perform LDAP and local account administration tasks to help users login more easily and an automatic “Build Compliance” checker to make sure servers are kept within strict guidelines.

Last and definitely not least thanks to the apprenticeship I have been able to attend multiple programming courses in C, C++,C# and Java as well as IBM products such as TDS (Tivoli Directory Server), along with gaining massive amounts of hands on experience.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post and I look forward to posting more in the future.

—That was me Tom.C.

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