Cloud computing superheroes wanted

By | May 9th, 2012

Backblaze Datacenter
Do you like Big Data? Big red boxes? Are you passionate about technology?

Backblaze has over 30 petabytes of spinning disks and is adding about 3 petabytes every month! We like people who have the creativity to come up with new ways of building bigger and cheaper cloud storage — yet are meticulous about datacenter operations. Sound like you? Our Operations team is staffing up and we are hiring folks at all levels so… Backblaze Team: Assemble!

All three positions require:

  • Good attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done
  • Strong desire to work for a small fast paced company
  • Desire to learn and adapt to rapidly changing technologies
  • Understanding of the importance of following best practices
  • Relentless attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and good oral/written communication
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem solving skills

Director of Web Services
Director of Web Services

Responsibilities

  • Lead efforts to maintain and scale Backblaze’s web services, including the static/dynamic web servers and monitoring systems
  • Be hands on in deploying systems, configuring new services and setting up our network infrastructure
  • Implement security measures required by corporate security policies
  • Maintain monitoring systems to measure system availability and detect issues
  • Help create, maintain and improve operational bash shell scripts and manual procedures
  • Help hire and train IT staff as needed, including those in remote (global) locations
  • Participate in the pager rotation and respond to alerts
  • Handle daily operational tasks including racking new servers, replacing drives, reviewing logs, etc.

Requirements

  • Professional experience in large scale, high-availability and high-load environments
  • Expert knowledge of Linux system administration, Debian experience preferred
  • Experience supporting Apache, Tomcat, and Java services
  • Bash scripting skills desired
  • Ability to lift/move 50-75 lbs and work down near the floor as needed


Systems Administrator

Responsibilities

  • Deploy and configure new systems, networks and services including firewalls, DNS servers and monitoring systems
  • Research new services and recommend specific packages and configurations
  • Install new software patches, releases and system upgrades
  • Troubleshoot and resolve operational problems with minimal supervision
  • Help maintain monitoring systems to measure system availability and detect issues
  • Participate in the pager rotation and respond to alerts as needed
  • Handle daily operational tasks including racking new servers, replacing drives, reviewing logs, etc.

Requirements

  • Good understanding of Linux system administration, Debian experience preferred
  • Experience supporting Apache, Tomcat, and Java services a plus
  • Bash scripting skills desired
  • Ability to lift/move 50-75 lbs and work down near the floor on a weekly basis


Datacenter Technican

Responsibilities

  • Rack, cable and label servers and network hardware
  • Perform basic system setups and configurations
  • Manage equipment delivery schedules and work with vendors to ensure timely receipt of critical equipment
  • Manage spare parts inventory
  • Help maintain infrastructure including replacing hard drive and other system components as needed
  • Help troubleshoot and resolve operational issues with minimal supervision
  • Help manage facilities including scouting new locations
  • Follow and improve datacenter best practices documentation
  • Have on-call responsibilities that will include occasional trips to datacenter to resolve issues that can’t be handled remotely

Requirements

  • Working knowledge of Linux and/or ability to learn quickly
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to lift/move 50-75 lbs and work down near the floor on a daily basis

Interested? Check out this video on our Datacenter Operations team.

Want to join our team? Follow these three steps:

  • Send an Email to with one of the positions listed above in the subject line
  • Include your resume
  • Include your answers to 2 of the following 3 questions
      a. What about working at Backblaze excites you the most?
    b. Provide 3 adjectives that best describe your personal workspace.
    c. How would you manage boot images and system configurations on 1,000+ servers (i.e. Backblaze Storage Pods)?

Note: All positions are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Tim Nufire

Tim Nufire

Chief Cloud Officer at Backblaze
Chief Cloud Officer and co-founder - While Tim stays busy fussing with the Backblaze cloud, designing Storage Pods and managing Operations, he'd much rather be taking Grommit, his Goldendoodle, for a walk.
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