Virtual Infrastructure (VI) Systems Administrator (Linux & VMware) - San Francisco, CA

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As a System Administrator in the Technical Operations organization you will join the team responsible for designing, building and maintaining innovative infrastructure solutions that support the needs of our R&D organization.

  • Designs/implements complex local and wide-area networks of machines for both a physical and virtual environment.
  • Works under general direction from senior management.
  • Establishes/recommends policies on system use and services.
  • Designs systems architecture given business requirements.
  • Builds out new environments as needed for new projects within R&D.
  • Troubleshoots internal and external applications, hardware problems, operating system issues and work with new services on a daily basis.
  • Supports, configure, and automate the deployment of our Solaris, Linux and VMware infrastructure through our existing kickstart/Jumpstart infrastructure.
Required Skills/Experience:
  • 5+ years experience with RedHat Linux.
  • 3+ years experience with managing large VMware vSphere infrastructure.
  • Experience in automated kickstart deployments for VMware ESX 4.x.
  • Experience in utilizing auxiliary vSphere components such as VMware Update Manager and CapacityIQ.
  • Experience in using vCLI/vSphere SDK for Perl for automating and configuration of ESX and vCenter hosts.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and diagnosis performance issues in a VMware vSphere environment.
  • Experience building and configuring systems to support large-scale web applications and databases.
  • Ability to program in an administrative language (Perl, bash, python, etc.).

Maintains availability, performance, and growth of multiple critical VMware environments.


SAN/NAS experience with physical and virtualized environments.

  • Understands secure authentication mechanisms such as Kerberos, NIS+, etc.
  • Solid understanding of UNIX Security theory/practice.
  • Good understanding of UNIX OS theory and fundamentals.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills; capable of writing proposals or papers, acting as a vendor liaison, making presentations to customers or client audiences or professional peers, and working closely with upper management.
  • Ability to solve problems quickly and automate processes.
  • A solid understanding of an operating system; understands paging and swapping, inter-process communications, devices and what device drivers do, filesystem concepts (inode, clustering, logical partitions), can use performance analysis to tune systems.
  • VCP 4.x Certification (VMware Certified Professional)
Desired Skills/Experience:
  • 3+ years experience with Solaris.
  • 3+ years experience with enterprise SAN fabric and arrays.
  • Thorough understanding of the VMware vSphere API including the ability to debug existing scripts and code snippets.
  • Experience working with VI Java API.
  • Experience in deploying and managing I/O Virtualization technology.
  • VCAP-DCA or VCAP-DCD Certification (VMware Certified Advanced Professional Datacenter/Administrator).
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field, or equivalent experience. The ideal candidate will have:
  • An understanding of networking/distributed computing environment concepts; understands principles of routing, client/server programming, design of consistent network-wide filesystem layouts

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