Orchestration Platform for Apps at Viasat: Project VonBraun

I am a Software Engineering Intern working in Viasat’s Seattle office. My team’s internship project, VonBraun, is a next-generation orchestration platform for 12-factor apps at Viasat, to meet the need for a simple platform to run general-purpose (e.g. web) apps with little operational overload. It is basically a Heroku-style platform for internal use at Viasat. We aim to dramatically increase the speed at which certain kinds of apps can be developed and deployed, such as:

  • Web management dashboards for various systems
  • Databus loopbacks/aggregators
  • Web apps that fall into the 12-factor app idealism

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SEIP Bot – a Chatbot for Viasat Security Teams

This summer, I have been part of Viasat’s Security Engineering Intern Project (SEIP) team at the Austin, TX office. We have successfully developed a security pipeline for detecting vulnerabilities in code repositories and websites, and retrieving initial reconnaissance scans of targeted internal IP space. I worked on developing the front end of the web application, used offensive security tools to find open vulnerabilities, and also worked on a passion project – “Security Chatbot” to unleash the full potential of ChatOps using Amazon Web Services.

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CI/CD Pipeline for Maintaining a Stable and Customizable Kubernetes

I am an intern in the Global Infrastructure group in the Austin, TX office this summer. Our group is responsible for cloud and infrastructure engineering projects that allow Viasat’s development teams to move fast and deploy software efficiently. Containers and container technologies are largely responsible for that and they have exploded in popularity the last few years.

Containers are a form of packaging in which applications can be abstracted from the environment in which they run. But when you start to run a large number of containers in production you have to deal with the underlying complexity of having to maintain individual machines, deal with uptime, and move resources around. That is where Kubernetes comes in.
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