Cloud Administrator/LINUX

Cloud/Systems Administrator

Main purpose of the position
To provide expertise in systems design, administration and 24/7 support for the server, storage and cloud-based infrastructure.

Key responsibilities:
• Provide innovative, secure, and stable cloud-based infrastructure solutions for our client’s critical services operating in the cloud environments including Amazon Web Services (AWS), OpenStack, etc
• Investigate, evaluate and recommend new cloud related technologies
• In consultation with the Systems Infrastructure team leader, plan and implement medium- and long-term operations strategies
• Review, approve, and implement changes that pertain to the supported environments and follow defined Change Control Procedures
• Plan, setup, and implement monitoring systems for errors or performance problems; troubleshoot major reported problems; perform trend analysis to anticipate capacity problems
• Provide specialized system expertise and in-depth operating system and server knowledge
• Design and build-out of all servers used for application and database infrastructure throughout the enterprise at the virtualization, cloud, operating system and application layers in accordance with SLAs
• Ensure implementation of security policy during infrastructure planning and system provisioning
• Provides disaster recovery planning, execution and documentation
• Technical advisory for major project implementations and drive investigations for major changes in technology, scale or capability
• Configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting, performance tuning, documentation, and upgrades of infrastructure including servers, storage systems, virtualization, operating system, etc. The role will also support, plan and implement new project requirements
• Ensure optimized resources utilization and performance of infrastructure through proactive monitoring
• Diagnose and determine network/storage connectivity problem
• Make architectural design decisions, solve technical problems
• Act as second level support for customer problems (on call after hours)
• Represent the department or company in internal and external projects, providing technical guidance and expertise
• Work with the 3rd party hosting provider as it relates to system and infrastructure changes
• Aid with security audit related tasks for cloud-based infrastructure
• Maintain all technical facilities and related equipment

Technical knowledge & skills required:
• At least 4 years’ experience with Linux System Administration (eg. RedHat/CentOS is preferable)
• At least 2 years’ experience with AWS API, EC2, VPC, IAM, S3, RDS, CloudWatch, CloudFormation and related cloud technologies
• Expertise with Puppet Enterprise or other automation tools
• Ability to write complex scripts in a major scripting language (Bourne or Python or Perl)
• Experience with managing DNS on Unix/Linux with BIND or other DNS software
• Expertise with data backup and recovery
• Experience with system hardening complying with industry-led security standards
• Experience with disaster recovery and business continuity design and planning
• Experience with OpenStack an asset
• Experience with VMware vSphere 5.0 or up an asset
• Experience with data centre design and build-out an asset
• Experience with NAS/SAN storage technologies an asset
• Experience with Zenoss an asset
• Familiarity with network and systems monitoring tools
• University degree or college diploma in Computer Science, Telecommunications, Engineering or similar
• Knowledge of PostgreSQL and/or MySQL an asset
Mental and physical demands:
• Work daily on a personal computer
• Frequently carry a mobile phone during non-normal working hours
• Sometimes work extended periods
• Occasionally lift of servers, etc., for rack installation
• Concentrate under conditions of high stress and short deadlines
Working conditions:
• Standard “open-plan” office environment
• Sometimes required to work outside regular office hours
• Sometimes required to work from remote locations (data centers, home)
Personal skills required:
• Very strong, proven analytical abilities
• Able to adapt to frequent change
• Thorough and organized
• Attentive to detail
• Self-directed
• Able to take initiative
• Able to work well with others
• Able to guide less experienced staff in improving their abilities
• Excellent ability to absorb, comprehend, and explain written technical material
• Good written and verbal communication skills
• Time management skills and ability to meet deadlines

Salary – 85-100K
Location – North Toronto

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