Job: Sr. Systems Administrator

By | November 2nd, 2011

UPDATE: this position has been filled by Kirk!

Do you like Big Data? Big red boxes?

The Backblaze online backup service has nearly 20 petabytes of customer data stored and adds about a petabyte 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 the datacenter operations. Sound like you?

Title: Sr. Systems Administrator

Role: As the Sr. Systems Administrator, your role will be to:
– Help plan, organize, and manage all activities of the Backblaze data centers.
– Scale operations including deploying & configuring new systems & networks.
– Troubleshoot and resolves operational problems.
– Implements security measures required by corporate security policies.
– Help create, maintain and improve operational shell scripts and manual procedures.
– Install new software patches, releases and system upgrades.
– Perform system backups and recovery as needed.
– Maintain monitoring system to measure system availability and detect issues.
– Help hire and train IT staff as needed, including those in remote locations.
– Continuously increase operational efficiency.
– Continuously improve Backblaze Storage Pods.
– Participate in the pager rotation and respond to alerts as needed.
– Handle daily operational tasks including reading logs and replacing drives.

Want to join our team?
– Email: with subject “Sr. Systems Administrator”
– Include your resume
– Include an answer to the question: “How would you manage boot image and system configurations on 1,000+ storage servers (i.e. Backblaze Storage Pods)?”

Note: Position is in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gleb Budman
Co-founder and CEO of Backblaze. Founded three prior companies. He has been a speaker at GigaOm Structure, Ignite: Lean Startup, FailCon, CloudCon; profiled by Inc. and Forbes; a mentor for Teens in Tech; and holds 5 patents on security.

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