Job Title: Solution Architect – Collaboration & Network
Cisco IT aspires to lead every relevant major market transition the company makes. This is especially true in the Network and Data Center Services (NDCS) organization, where you are not only responsible for the data center technology direction, but where you also have an opportunity to influence the product and services direction for the company.
You are a recognized architecture and technology leader for your depth and breadth of collaboration platforms, networking, security, management, storage, and compute, both as stand-alone domains and in integrated solutions. You are able to apply your technical background to business requirements and opportunities, and vice versa, map business requirements to new technology opportunities. You are very effective at influencing technical decision makers, including IT, CDO, and customers.
Following a collaborative process with stakeholders and fellow IT architects, you collect business and technical requirements to then fully articulate the overall solutions architecture. You define and influence the integration of cross-domain strategies and initiatives with the collaboration and networking architecture and technology, then translate this cross-domain strategy into capability and technology roadmaps. You identify, deliver, and document the required artifacts to make the new solution capabilities generally available, including strategy collateral, roadmaps, position statements, policies, standards, concepts, and logical specifications. After the initial architecture phase, you actively continue monitoring and consultation throughout the execution phases, including design, engineering, implementation, and operations. You are committed to feed implementation and operational challenges back into architectural opportunities.
You have the capabilities to influence strategic decision makers, engage with a broad set of stakeholders and subject matter experts across multiple disciplines, build relationships, and communicate strategy, architecture and technology to the broader IT community. You build strong partnerships with the design and engineering community. You have a good understanding of the technical needs of a diverse range of stakeholders, from collaboration to networking to data center to management. You are successful in driving new technology adoption, and mentoring architects and technical leads.
You work closely with the Central Development Organization (CDO) in a consulting role, and you are able to influence the overall Cisco product and service portfolio, representing IT. On occasions, you will be engaged in major customer opportunities, deliver the content for external whitepapers, and represent Cisco IT to the outside world.
The ideal candidate has a broad technical understanding of the collaboration platform and networking in general, but also possesses significant additional breadth across other disciplines, e.g., enterprise security architecture, service/systems management, storage, compute services, virtualization, data center, systems resiliency, service support, and service delivery.
Demonstrated technical, functional and architectural understanding of the collaboration and networking technology domains, including but not limited to the following areas:
Demonstration of similar competencies in the following areas highly desirable:
- Video and VoIP protocols such as SIP, H.323, H.320, H.225, H.245, MGCP, SCCP, SDP, RTP/SRTP
- Collaboration infrastructure: UCM, conference bridges, video switchers, transcoders, recorders, session border controllers, media termination points
- Collaboration services: Core UC, WebEx, and TelePresence.
- Collaboration / video delivery over IP networks
- Networking infrastructure: Cisco routing, switching, firewall hardware platforms
- Networked protocols, including Ethernet and its enhancements for the Data Center, IP, FCoE, TCP, UDP; and basics of higher layer protocols: SSL/TLS, HTTP, real-time traffic (voice/video), NFS, database access protocols
- Network addressing: IPv4, IPv6, IP addressing best practices, DNS, DHCP
- Network protocols and concepts, including Ethernet, VLANs, Rapid Spanning Tree, EIGRP, BGP, route summarization / filtering, NAT, QoS
- Network security, including access control, intrusion detection, intrusion prevention, administrative access control
Minimum of 5+ years of relevant experience in the above areas, 10+ years highly desirable.
- Security architecture, protocols, components, and technologies
- System interaction with Data Center storage technologies, including block-based storage (SAN), file-based storage (NAS), Cisco MDS, FCoE, and synchronous/asynchronous data replication at storage, host, or application level
- System interaction with Data Center compute technologies, including Cisco UCS (x86), VMware virtualization, Linux, Windows, Solaris, HP-UX (Itanium)
- Mobility architecture requirements, enabling technologies, and application partitioning
- Service-oriented architecture for cloud-based services, including the transformational elements (‘Infrastructure-as-a-Service’), management, and automation (‘self-service, on-demand’)
- Service, network, and operations management
Minimum College/Undergraduate degree (e.g., B.S/B.A) or equivalent.
- Core expertise to include design concepts, IT analysis/analytical thinking, innovation management, enterprise perspective and process knowledge.
- Analyzes opportunities with a broad, strategic view; integrates business and technology requirements to achieve cross-domain solutions that work across the enterprise; applies methodologies that are appropriate for multiple users / technology platforms.
- Identifies, invents, incorporates, and advances innovations in Cisco products, services, solutions, technology, and processes.
- Client-facing skills to include cross-functional influence, external and internal consulting/partnering.
- Excellent understanding of the industry landscape (competitors and partners).
- High-level, out-of-the-box thinking, analytical reasoning, and creative problem solving skills.
- Ability to shift from high-level thinking to realistic and pragmatic execution is essential.
- Successful track record in large-scale IT technology change and adoption is highly desirable, especially in the application space.
- Solid understanding of the end-to-end IT process, including architecture, design & engineering, implementation, and operations; prior design and operational responsibilities are highly desirable.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills: ability to communicate technology strategy and architecture approach to engineers, executives, and Cisco customers.
- Strong influencing and leadership skills at technical level.
- Negotiation and conflict-resolution skills.
- Willingness and ability to work with teams, ability to build relationships using an open and respectful communication and collaboration style.
- Technology leadership skills to include coaching/mentoring, critical thinking/judgment, facilitation, leading change, and team development.
- Foundational / IT best practice skills to include investment management and functional innovation.
- Communication skills to include conflict management, negotiation, presentation/demonstration, and written communication.
- Cisco best-practice skills to include building relationships, cultural sensitivity, goal alignment, learning agility, and virtual/remote training.
MS in Computer Science or equivalent highly desirable.
CCIE or equivalent a plus.
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