Maarten De Wispelaere

Systems, Storage, Networking


I'm a 34 year old, with a passion for Linux, networking, storage, HA clustering, monitoring and virtualization.

My goal is to be part of all processes: design, implementation and stress testing: if something is prone to failure under load, better find out before taking a system in production.

Next to my daytime job, I work freelance for several SMBs and I'm a Linux Trainer.
Occasionally, I sell one of my photographs.

When I'm not fiddling around with IT, you'll find me either travelling (I love the USA, in particular NYC) or taking pictures.

  • Ghent, Belgium
  • Photography
  • Linux, Networking, Storage, Clustering, VM
  • Available for: IT Consulting & Linux Training
  • Dutch, English, French
  • Programming



November 2013 - Today

Senior ICT Engineer

Apertoso NV

Apertoso provides services and consulting for ICT Projects, specializing in open technologies in the following areas: OpenERP/Odoo solutions, Monitoring, Configuration Management, Messaging & Collaboration, Cloud services, Virtualization, Storage, High availability clusters, Network Security & Application Security. We target our solutions mainly at SME companies.

Highly experienced in Monitoring & Monitoring as a service, using Zabbix. Not affraid of writing numerous addons and scripts to get that one piece of missing information. Currently monitoring numerous production servers, switches and other devices. Curious about sollutions using Elasticsearch, Logstash & Kibana.

Avid Ansible user, trying to automate a maximum and getting production, development and testing systems alligned.

February 2011 - November 2013

Research Engineer

Ghent University - IBCN - iMinds

The IBCN group performs fundamental and applied research on internet based communication networks and services, more specifically with the focus on: Network Modeling, Design and Evaluation, Mobile & Wireless Networking, High Performance Multimedia Processing, Autonomic Computing & Networking, Service Engineering, Content and Search Management and Data Analysis and Machine Learning.

iMinds is an independent research institute founded by the Flemish government. The iMinds team offers companies and organizations active support in research and development. It joins various forces on research projects. Both technical and non-technical issues are addressed within each of these projects.

My role within this group consist of the management of different firewalls, switches & dns servers on the UGent-IBCN & iMinds network, keeping three Emulab installations up to date and running: a total of 300 servers and support for lots of users running experiments on bare-metal servers and non-blocking switches with automatic server and VLAN provisioning, providing Linux support to researchers, setup & management of a VMWare cluster & Open-Source based, highly available iSCSI storage solution. Rollout of different IPv6 subnets.

February 2011 - Today

IT Consultant

BitProcessor IT Consulting

My own company provides services related to Linux, Virtualization solutions, Storage, Networking, Firewalling, High Availability, Monitoring, Windows, Active Directory etc... Targeted mainly towards SMBs. Linux Training also available.

May 2009 - January 2011

IT Management


The Belgian Financial Processing Unit CTIF-CFI, established in 1993, plays a key role in the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing.

I was active in the IT Management, with tasks including, but not limited to: the development of VSTO Templates in C#, MS Windows 2003 Server maintenance, MS Exchange 2007 administration, VMWare Infrastructure, Microsoft Sharepoint 2007 administration, Windows Desktop Environment install and maintenance (XP & Windows 7), Firewall administration (IBM Proventia), MS SQL Server 2005 administration, Active Directory, Symantec Endpoint Protection.

March 2005 - April 2009

IT Manager Networking & Hardware

ERBA Holding

ERBA Holding NV groups administrative services for Belgian Designs NV & Luxembourg Designs SA (Habitat franchises), Nimmer Dor België (Nature & Découvertes franchise) and Kids Care NV (Mothercare franchise).

I was the IT Manager for the holding and all companies within it. Tasks included (but not limited to) server & network management, backup, day to day problem solving, installations of servers and pc's, writing web applications, management of POS hardware running Linux etc...

October 2003 - February 2005

Service Desk Agent


AMSIT is a 100% subsidiary of the Contraste Europe Group. AMSIT runs a number of Managed Services in major organizations mostly in Financial Institutions and non-profit organizations.

As a service desk agent at the ACV/CSC (major Belgian Trade Union) I was active in the troubleshooting of windows desktop environments (mainly GPO trouble), windows server, active directory and exchange server administration for both central (Brussels, first line support) ACV/CSC and regional (all Belgian offices, second line support) ACV/CSC IT installations.


2006-2008 / 2014-...


CVO Elishout, Anderlecht, Belgium / KISP Gent, Belgium

Ongoing studies, purely out of interest.


Industrial Engineer in Informatics (MSc. IT) - Cum Laude

Hogeschool Gent, Belgium

Internship at Alcatel Antwerp (2002-2003, graduation year): study of the possibilities of High-Availability Clustering with OpenSource tools. Resulted in a working two-node HA-cluster, running RedHat Linux, heartbeat and drbd.


Industrial Sciences

Provinciaal Technisch Instituut, Eeklo, Belgium


Koning Albertlaan 157
9000 Gent