Cloud/Virtualization Architect
Nifty Inc - Pleasanton, CA

Nifty Inc is looking for a Cloud/Virtualization Architect to work at its direct client in Pleasanton CA. It is a long term contract for the right candidate.

This position will act as a primary technical principal and is responsible for delivery of virtualization solutions at an enterprise level. Expertise with virtualization and network infrastructure technologies such as VMware vSphere, Citrix VDI, Citrix XenApp, Cloud Automation, LAN, WAN, and Data Center. The successful candidate will have an in-depth understanding of industry leading virtualization technologies from both a design and engineering perspective. The candidate will be able to demonstrate technical capabilities and solution offerings for virtualization in the Data Center, on the Desktop, and in the Cloud. Candidates for this position must be able to, from day one, roll up their sleeves and hit the ground running, and bring their experience to the team to make the project deployments much smoother.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 7+ years experience in overall IT (either systems or network engineering)
  • Expert level experience with vCloud Director, vSphere, ESX/ESX, Hyper-V, VMware View, Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp, XenServer and related VDI products.
  • Advanced Technical Certifications including knowledge of virtualization, networking, storage, and compute platforms.
  • Experience & passion supporting a production infrastructure.
  • Experienced in the design and operation of large scale Virtualization, Utility Computing and Cloud based platforms in a SaaS environment.
  • Experience developing or contributing to the development of an enterprise architecture and/or Infrastructure architecture framework is strongly desired.
  • At least 5+ years of Data Center experience.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills and ability to apply them during business impacting incidents.
  • Experience with diverse hardware platforms ( Netapp, Cisco, EMC, etc)
  • Experience with cloud automation technologies.
  • Experience with Cisco UCS.

Technical Skills

  • Hands on experience with VMware vSphere, Citrix VDI-in-a-box, Citrix XenApp and other virtualization products.
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience with server applications in a Microsoft and Linux networked environment.
  • At least 2 years technical implementation experience with storage technologies (SAN, FCP/ISCSI and NAS)
  • 3 years of experience with automation and scripting technologies.
  • Broad experience managing load balancers, networking devices, web applications, databases, and server management tools.
  • Experience with configuration management/ automation/ orchestration systems such as Chef, Puppet, or CFEngine.
  • Strong understanding of networking technologies including TCP/IP, DHCP, VLAN, various WAN technologies (Metro Ethernet, MPLS, etc).
  • Thorough understanding of networking technologies, including administration of enterprise routers, switches, firewalls and load-balancers (OSI layers 4-7)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of OSI layer 3 networks and protocols, including broadcast, multicast, anycast concepts, routing, etc.
  • Understanding of network security methodologies as a whole, including but not limited to: ACLs, Stateful firewalls, VPNs (tunneling, IPsec, PPTP, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Cisco IOS, both Cisco Nexus and non-Nexus series switches, Cisco routers and other Cisco networking gear.
  • Solid understanding of data center related technology and collocation environment.
  • Good understanding with database management systems such as Oracle and MS SQL.

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