Senior Systems Administator - RedHat, Linux, Unix, Virtualization, KVM, VMWARE, Python, Scripting, Cisco, London
WORLD LEADING TELECOMS HOUSE. With plush modern offices in the heart of London, free gym, subsidised canteen and onsite bar, my client can offer a state art environment and a first class career at the forefront of the telecoms arena. A full benefits package, LARGE PENSION and LARGE BONUS are on offer. Flexible working hours. Currently looking for a Senior Systems Administrator.
An integral part of my clients Service Enablement Platform is a pair of high availability data centres hosting key elements of the overall service including provisioning tools, service assurance APIs, customer portals, network monitoring and data mining applications. The data centres host a large number of virtual machines principally running RedHat as the underlying OS but also making use of others such as CentOS and Windows. The data centres employ a range of technologies for databases, storage, virtualization and cross site redundancy to provide a robust and reliable system.
The Systems Engineer will be responsible maintaining the estate of virtual and bare metal servers in the data centres as well as other components including applications and underlying switching and compute blade hardware. This role will require advanced system administration skills across a range of technologies to support efficient operation of the data centres as well as system expertise to support 3rd line problem resolution. Detailed knowledge of REST APIs, Linux/UNIX scripting and structured programming will be a definite advantage.
Troubleshooting and resolving problems within the datacentres
Supporting root cause analysis of recurring issues which may require detailed scrutiny of large volumes of log files
Ensuring that the datacentres maintain a high degree of security through the timely application of application and OS patches and releases
Providing tools to automate repetitive tasks and to support efficient resolution of problems
Work with vendors to stay abreast of industry best practice and make recommendations for the evolution of the datacentres and supporting systems
Manage the lifecycle of hardware, applications and licences and ensure that vendor support is meeting service level agreements
Provide out of hours support to the NOC as part of the on-call operations engineering team
Essential Knowledge and Skills
- Degree or equivalent qualification in computer science or relevant technical/engineering subject - RedHat RHCA or equivalent in appropriate technology - Detailed knowledge of routing and switching and preferably hands on experience with Cisco datacentres switches - Extensive experience of virtualization technologies including KVM and VMware - Strong Linux scripting skills and programming experience in Python, Java or C/C++ - Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to present ideas and improvements in an effective and persuasive manner - A practical, hands-on approach to problem solving with the ability to work effectively under pressure - Self-motivated, willing to take responsibility and work with minimum supervision
Desirable Knowledge and Skills
- Previous experience of using and programming with RESTful APIs using any appropriate language would be an advantage
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