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Title: Storage Architect

Job Location: San Francisco, CA

Job Description:

Our customer is seeking a Storage Architect with depth understanding of storage architecture design techniques, theories, principles, and practices including cloud storage


  • Plan, design, and analyse the organization’s storage infrastructure according to best practices, while ensuring high levels of data quality and availability
  • Develop, implement, and oversee policies and procedures to ensure consistent storage provisioning, uptime, and regulatory compliance
  • Responsible for capacity planning, backup and restore process design, performance analysis, and developing data disaster recovery plans
  • Lead the development of long-term storage vision, strategy, and roadmap for storage technologies across the organization in conjunction with company objectives.
  • Work closely with operations, project management, application development, network security teams to develop scalable, maintainable, consistent, highly available storage architectures that meet business objectives and set relevant service-level agreements.
  • Perform capacity planning analysis and other needs assessments to inform storage architecture strategy.
  • Establish strategies for storage consolidation, centralization, and optimization to reduce downtime and costs while improving security and storage performance.
  • Design redundant systems and policies for disaster recovery and archiving to ensure effective protection and integrity of storage appliances and stored data assets
  • Develop procedures for backups and restores, as well as monitor the performance, success, or failure of these tasks
  • Define, communicate, and ensure adherence to data storage retention policies and create routines for end-users to facilitate storage best practices, including desktop storage administration.
  • Develop and maintain procedures for storage change management, availability management, backup management, incident management, and process documentation.
  • Develop and maintain testing process for current, new, and modified storage appliances and software.
  • Maintain current knowledge of storage-related laws, trends, and issues, including current and emerging technologies and best practices. Develop strategies and policies to ensure best-practice based regulatory compliance and reduce the enterprise’s legal exposure.
  • Justify expenditures on storage solutions through business cases, and ROI/TCO calculations.
  • Manage the purchase, installation, and configuration of new and existing storage devices and corresponding software.
  • Oversee storage allocation to business units across the enterprise based on established requirements, available disk space, and future growth.
  • Ensure IT adherence to service level agreements regarding storage allocations, limitations, and availability.
  • Anticipate, identify, and oversee mitigation and response to storage access problems, retrieval issues, and storage device status issues
  • Ensure that information storage and retention measures and equipment adhere to all applicable laws and regulations. Recommend and implement changes where necessary.
  • Analyze storage systems performance and capacity, collect information, and prepare Management


  • In-depth understanding of storage architecture design techniques, theories, principles, and practices including cloud storage
  • Solid experience architecting enterprise storage, archival/backup, and DRP systems with a broad spectrum of storage technologies.
  • Excellent knowledge of Cloud, SAN, NAS, RAID, SCSI, Fibre Channel, clustering, encryption, content-addressable storage technologies from multiple vendors.
  • Experience with Openstack and Hadoop.
  • Experience designing and/or managing multi-petabyte storage infrastructures.
  • Knowledge of change management systems.
  • Project management/project lifecycle experience.
  • Team management experience.
  • Solid skills in Windows, Linux operating systems.
  • Strong VMWare and HyperV knowledge
  • Experience working in an IAAS or SaaS company
  • Keen understanding of storage virtualization technologies
  • Familiar with 10G LAN, WAN and Internet standards.
  • Knowledge of applicable data retention practices and laws.
  • Proven analytical, strategic vision drawing on strong problem-solving abilities.
  • Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language appropriate to both executive and managerial audiences
  • Ability to conduct research into storage issues, standards, and product
  • Highly self-motivated and directed.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Skilled in working within a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • College diploma or university degree in the field of computer science or engineering and/or 7 years equivalent work experience.
  • Storage Networking Certification Program (SNCP) certification a plus.

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