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Sr. Solution Architect

Sr. Solution Architect

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We are seeking two or three senior architects with significant professional experience, and who are recognized experts in one or more of the following areas: datacenter technologies, server software, storage software, database/analytics (infrastructure for big data), performance and system analysis, and networking.

The Samsung SDS Research America provides thought leadership and direction on key areas of technology affecting SDS.

These areas include the datacenter and everything inside of it: servers, storage, networking hardware, power and cooling efficiency, energy recovery, and the software needed to use it all – everything from datacenter control systems up through virtualization software and cloud software layers (e.g. OpenStack). We also provide underlying architectural support for emerging development areas, e.g. big data and Internet of Things.

For each of these areas we propose, direct and participate in projects that are both inwardly-focused (importing these technologies in a way that benefits SDS) and outwardly-focused (e.g. contributing technologies developed or furthered within SDS into the open source community). Our mission is to stay on the leading edge of research in each of these areas, and to manage the adoption of these technologies by our large IT infrastructure.

• Minimum of a Master’s degree in a related field, or equivalent experience
• Deep expertise in at least one area of concentration (outlined above), plus additional expertise in multiple other areas.
• Track record of contribution to an external community (academic, commercial or open source) in one or more areas of concentration
• Excellent writing skills; can create publication-worthy articles in English.
• Track record of creating IP, either proprietary or open source
• Strong record of delivering results with deep business impact
• Ability to work in communities, e.g. standards / industry groups / open source
• Passion for pushing technical boundaries, track record of advocacy and persuasion
• Subject matter expertise demonstrated by education, work experience, and/or publications

To carry out this mission, we need senior architects who not only have a deep understanding of these core technologies, but who can also craft the correct strategy and architecture for consideration and potential implementation. This includes effectively explaining what these technologies can bring to SDS (including cost/benefit analyses), training engineers and others on how to use/deploy them, and helping to spearhead PoCs (Proofs of Concept) and initial implementations.

We expect our senior architects to exert significant external influence in their fields. This may take the form of participation in open source communities, writing articles and papers, and acting as advisors to other projects. We also expect senior architects to take on mentorship roles with our architects and other technical contributors within Samsung SDS.

Server Software. Deep understanding of Linux, virtualization, OpenStack, and storage/networking interfaces. Track record of contributing to open source projects a plus, particularly Linux and OpenStack.

Datacenter & hardware. Expert at the hardware inside a datacenter (servers, storage, and to a limited extent, networking), as well as a deep understanding of the power and cooling systems of the datacenter itself. Able to craft a sustainability plan for Samsung’s datacenters, including energy reuse, material minimization and repurposing, and climate impact. Can evaluate potential server and storage designs for suitability and TCO. Comfortable with detailed cost models, including CAPEX, OPEX and reliability.

Storage and Big Data Systems. Expert at the infrastructure deployed for big data solutions, including Hadoop (particularly HDFS). Able to work with analytics teams to design the infrastructure needed to implement their vision. Expert at object storage systems, and comfortable with the erasure coding schemes used to implement them with low cost and high efficiency. Expert level understanding of a variety of storage technologies for local and shared block, file and NoSQL/SQL databases.

Performance and Systems. Demonstrated track record at understanding very large systems, with the ability to perform a deep analysis of the systems performance and correctness. The successful candidate will most likely have a background in either high performance computing or distributed systems. Extremely polished analytical skills a must.

Networking. Able to architect a network comprised of hundreds or thousands of servers (virtualized, bare metal and legacy), various network appliances, and connections to multiple intranets and ISPs. A deep understanding of Software Defined Networks is a must, as is network automation, security, monitoring and metering.

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Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Design
Education Not Specified
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Telecommunications, Computer Hardware, Computer Software
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 281
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Sr. Solution Architect

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