I'm an independent
Cloud Architect

Secure your data, scale your business,
save on cloud costs.

“When you call me, you won't get a sales person. You get the most experienced senior engineer in the company.”

At Your Service


Review and optimize your AWS security, encryption and identity management.


Architect and deploy scalable cloud infrastructure with native AWS services.


Migrate on-premise services to secure, scalable cloud infrastructure.


Automate deployment and manage infrastructure as code.


Reduce the cost of mass storage and databases.


Ensure availability of your systems and automate disaster recovery.

Performance Tuning

Optimize performance, identify bottlenecks and design for scalability.

Cost Management

Review your architecture to optimize costs for your service level.

About Me, Cris Merritt

  • Based in Philadelphia, USA
  • Decades of experience
  • Work for clients anywhere
KCNA Certified Kubernetes Specialist KCNA Certified Kubernetes Specialist

As an independent cloud architect I can help your business:

  • Plan your cloud strategy
  • Design and build secure, scalable cloud infrastructure
  • Find and fix security vulnerabilities
  • Reduce cloud spending

I do this by addressing high value and high risk priorities first, planning and delivering concrete milestones on time, and supporting you going forward. I'm a dirty-hands technical guy but I'm also a veteran business founder, so I understand that your business runs on more than technology. Security intersects everything I do, from business continuity to change management, identity management, disaster recovery, monitoring and more.

Most of my clients are smaller or medium businesses, so I see many environments in transition. Often companies slide into consuming cloud resources in a not-so strategic way, starting with a little project, then another, etc., and it can get out of hand with spending too much, as well as security issues. Amazon/Azure/Google all encourage this sort of “infrastructure creep” - it serves the cloud providers very well, but a lot of businesses are overdue for a re-think of their cloud environments.

Usually, I first take a high-level view of where you stand, whether you are planning to transition services to a cloud platform or already there, and identify low-hanging fruit to save money, bolt down security, and automate common tasks. My initial consultation is FREE, and I strive to give you valuable insight with no obligation in our very first call. For the longer term, I design and document a roadmap to accommodate your business' growth, in which the underlying cloud infrastructure will not slow down or break down over time.

Cloud native technology with containers is a particular focus of my work. A lot of companies have a proliferation of ad hoc servers and could benefit from consolidating with containers, but lack the skills in-house. Containers and container orchestration, such as Kubernetes or ECS on AWS, are the basis for scalable and secure IT processes.

With me, there's never a sales person trying to up-sell you services and I don't delegate your work to a junior engineer. I work with you personally and take personal responsibility for everything I do. I document and check everything I do into your Git repo, so you have it forever, and you can always share it with your team or other service providers. I tend to get involved for a few weeks to a few months to realize a concrete deliverable, then stay involved on an as-needed basis for support. I can guarantee that my services will be less expensive than a big consultancy, and also less expensive than a full-time in-house cloud architect. I live in Philadelphia and work from my own office, while on-site time for kick-offs and checkpoints is possible. I time-track everything I do, and am normally available on a video call within an hour or two.

With decades of experience in security, infrastructure, development and operations, you can count on me to provide straight and pragmatic advice, solve high-priority problems promptly and deliver quality.

Top references from current satisfied customers are available.

Hands-on with Kubernetes, Docker, ECS, Python, Javascript, CloudFormation/CDK, Terraform Git, Linux, security, security and more security.

Recent project examples:

  • Production infrastructure for a medical data webapp with AWS ECS
  • Kubernetes infrastructure for a "smart laboratory" SaaS application
  • Serverless architecture for an IOT application
  • API integration with a major energy provider
  • Kubernetes migration for a machine learning application
  • AWS autoscaling infrastructure for a hotel management platform
  • Technical architecture for clinical trials data for an international pharma company
  • AWS cost analysis and 50% cost reduction for an energy trading platform

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The next step is up to you. Let's talk about how we can make your cloud strategy take off.

Contact me for a free consultation.