Data Center Storage Admin. - Sr

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 03-06-2018
Long Term Contract
1099 or w2
Rate is DOE per hour
US Citizen Required w/ ability to obtain Public Trust Clearance

The Customer is responsible for providing a reliable, cost effective, scalable, secure, and flexible enterprise computing platform that supports and enhances customer IT needs and capabilities from requirements gathering through design, development, testing, and implementation.

  • Manages the operations of the Enterprise storage solutions (NAS, SAN, and Flash Storage types) and interconnections to attached server or other infrastructure
  • Installing, provisioning, configuration, hardening or optimizing, tuning system performance, administration, setting up administrator and service accounts, maintenance, upgrade, enhancement, validating and implementing critical system patches, and allocating mass storage space using manufacturer best practices monitoring, data protection, and management of operational storage and application systems
  • Delivering storage solutions that will meet IOPS, latency, HA and DR requirements.
  • Proactive monitoring of components and systems, analyzes system faults, troubleshoots and runs diagnostic tests on operating systems and hardware to detect problems
  • Initiates preventive maintenance as well as repair to system/environment problems
  • Performs regular status checks to validate that the storage systems are not being under/over utilized in SAN fabric capabilities, array capabilities. This involves finding hot-spots, evaluating SAN network bottlenecks, and any additional performance evaluations.
  • Provides support to server Systems Administrators and Backup Administrators
  • Provides support and guidance to less experienced Storage Administrators
  • Participates in cross-functional teams to troubleshoot and resolve complex problems that may be across multiple systems and subsystems requiring in depth knowledge of the highly sophisticated Data Center environment and IT infrastructure
  • Documents and reviews standard operating procedures to optimize service delivery in alignment with ITIL best practices
  • Documents and presents change requests at enterprise review change board
  • Provides occasional off-hours remote support for planned maintenance work and unplanned support issues.   May occasionally require on-site work at a data center during off-hours.
  • Works with application owners, as well as the engineering team to execute data center operations core mission.
  • Create and maintain system documentation for updates made to the infrastructure environment
  • Coordinates with engineering team on systematic enhancements or changes
Required Skills and Experience:
  • 9+ years IT experience; 5  years’ of storage systems experience providing technical support to Enterprise networks
  • Systems administration experience including support for Microsoft Windows based file servers, NAS (CIFS), SAN (LUN), and Flash Storage (NAND) environments on EMC and Avamar.
  • Core Storage technologies in place will include EMC VNX,  NetAPP 7-mode and CDOT, 3Par, EMC DataDomain.
  • Strong knowledge network management tools such as SolarWinds, NetAPP OPM, and EMC SystemMangaer or other similar monitoring tools
  • Effectively interact with others to accomplish tasks within tight schedule, ability to prioritize tasks with excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Must possess good communication skills, be dependable, outgoing and positive with excellent problem-solving skills
  • Solid understanding of virtual infrastructure hardware, operating systems, and VMs on servers which support business processing requirements.
  • Solid understanding of high performing systems in a multi-domain, multi-site Windows Active Directory environment that consists of SQL servers, VMware vCenter 5.5/6.x, and Windows 2008/2012 servers
  • Breadth of knowledge across VMware, SAN/NAS storage, Windows/AD, RHEL, and data center administration and practices
  • Experience evaluating technology, processes, and staff preparedness to initiate Continuity of Operations (COOP) or disaster recovery
  • Experience entering and updating incident tickets in tracking systems, such as ServiceNow or Remedy
  • Scripting experience to leverage CLI based deployments of storage in the above mentioned storage technologies
Desired Skills and Experience:
  • ITIL Foundations v3
  • Familiarity of Microsoft Active Directory and Group Policy management.
  • Familiarity of blade compute platforms
  • Familiarity of VMware 6 technologies
  • Understanding of EMC ViPR technology
  • Performance optimization for highly available and OLTP solutions
  • Familiarity of networking
  • Familiarity of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Required Education:
  • Associates Degree in Information Technology or related discipline and 9 years of relevant experience, or 13 years of relevant experience without the degree
  • US Citizen with the ability to obtain a Public Trust clearance
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