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Stealth start-up – Cloud Analytics Platform – DevOps Engineer – Redwood City

I am working with a very well-funded stealth-mode start-up in Redwood Shores creating a very disruptive platform on which it will deliver next generation business intelligence software.  Some very high profile VC’s have taken a keen interest in what they are doing.  The founders successfully sold their last company for $350 million.
The platform, and subsequent applications, will run in their Cloud.
We are looking for an Operations Engineer.  You will be the first person on the team and have the opportunity to drive much of the initial architecture.  With that said, thus far they are using CentOS, Java/Hadoop and virtualization.  This will be a high production environment and will quickly grow past the initial 60-servers.
The right person is hungry and may see themself leading a team some day.  In addition, the right person can definitely code in order to make the machines sing in harmony, but which language is not so important – it could be Java, Shell, Python, bash etc.  This will be a 24/7 environment.

DevOps Engineer Skillset Requirements

  • First-hand experience in having the responsibility of “carrying a pager” for a mission-critical distributed platform either at a startup or a large infrastructure provider, knowing what happens when infrastructure and tools fail, and having the problem solving skills to resolve them.2+ years experience working with existing cloud infrastructure providers such as Amazon Web Services, RackSpace, GoGrid, or Terremark and an understanding of their pros and cons.
  • Hands-on coding expertise in authoring automated monitoring, administration, deployment, and provisioning tools with shell scripting.
  • Proven expertise with one of the following cloud management providers: RightScale, enStratus, VMWare, or Chef/Puppet/Capistrano
  • Deep Expertise in Networking (network topology, subnet management, and cache/firewall server configuration) and Security (encryption in transport and persistence, rate limiting, white/black listing) is a strong plus.

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