Cloud computing superheroes wanted

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 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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