Senior Analyst, Solutions ArchitectDurham, North Carolina 04/04/2019
As a part of VxBlock Engineering team you will be responsible for working collaboratively with a variety of people across hardware, QA, software, Manufacturing and Global Services to evaluate new platform feature requests & designs by Product Management and the Advanced Engineering, determine the effort required to implement, and finally to design & develop the detailed configuration standards and implementation documentation.
The VxBlock Engineering team develops Converged Infrastructure (CI) Platforms, Tech Extensions and Data Protection Solutions designed for enterprise data centers and service providers, providing our customers the ultimate flexibility and scalability to meet their business needs.
As a VxBlock engineer within the team you will work closely with the Architect, other CI Engineers, and your peers in other Engineering teams, QA, Global Services, and Manufacturing to develop new CI Platforms Systems or update the current CI Platform models to address new functional requirements. You will work closely with the Architects and other Engineers to develop, validate and document a product design that encompasses a sound strategy based on existing proven CI designs wherever possible and using best-of-breed parent company products. Your optimized designs will use common hardware, physical composition, and logical configurations where possible to provide a VxBlock look-and-feel to all solutions marketed by Dell EMC’s CI organization.
Role Responsibilities: Configuration documentation, bill of materials (BoM), rules & configuration tool user stories: Work with other members of Engineering to determine the proper solution for the feature requests: ▪ Determine components that need to be added to the parts database based on the new design ▪ Add the proper parts and parts hierarchies to the database through the change request (ECO) process. ▪ Provide a complete and validated bill of materials (BoM) for the new or revised platform ▪ Develop detailed physical configuration rules for use in defining the configuration tool logic and user interface. ▪ Develop configuration and ordering user stories for submission with the ECO and rules as a complete change request to effect changes to existing CI Platform and to initiate new designs as part of the product introduction process.
Build instructions and automation workflow creation: Work with the Architects, software teams, SMEs and other platform engineers to create new or modify the current CI Platform implementation documentation and automation workflows to address the requirements of new or changed features. ▪ Physical build specifications including build guide and sample rack elevations, port maps & cable matrices ▪ Logical build and automation specifications including any design impacts on component configurations and virtualization software
Parts Database & Configuration Tool Validation – Work with the ECO, Mfg PMO and configuration tool teams to ensure the integrity of the parts database system and configuration tool revisions. ▪ Perform database validation on newly added parts and SKUs ▪ Periodically assist in scrubbing the database for parts and SKUs that do not conform to Platform Engineering defined standards ▪ Validate new config tool (ACT/XACT) releases before they are rolled into production to ensure that changes comply with the Engineering intentions of the change request.
Requirements: ▪ Experience in a product engineering, service provider environment, or consultative role related to private cloud or converged infrastructure projects ▪ Knowledge of one or more of the following: data center architectures, cloud computing technologies, converged infrastructure consolidation, networking, security, business continuity, disaster recovery and service orchestration ▪ Hands-on experience in one or more of the following technologies. A broad spectrum of experience is highly desired, with a deep specialization in one or more: o Dell EMC Unity and VMAX storage technologies
o Cisco blade and rack-mount servers o Cisco MDS & Nexus switches o L2 and L3 enterprise network switching o Ethernet, Fiber Channel, and NFS/CIFS networking experience o VPLEX, RecoverPoint, Avamar and Data Domain ▪ Hands-on experience with VMware vSphere 6.x and/or software-defined networking is desirable. ▪ Experience with competitive converged infrastructure stacks can replace some of the requirements above
Preferences: ▪ Bachelors (CS/EE/Technology) or equivalent workplace experience ▪ Strong written and oral communication skills ▪ Decisive but inclusive decision making in a fast-paced environment ▪ Ability to work independently or as part of a team with light supervision ▪ Able to prioritize tasks and work collaboratively with various stakeholders ▪ Enjoy working hands-on in a lab environment to conduct system installation, configuration and design validation
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