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To:undisclosed-recipients: From:syed Nooruddin Subject:Role: Sr. Storage Architect Date:Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:23:02 -0400


Role: Sr. Storage Architect

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Location: Eagan, MN

Length: 6 Months (prefer C2H)

Rate: market

Description of Responsibilities

Augments the current storage management staff with storage operations experience.

Evaluates new storage technology and features across a broad base of vendor solutions and products.

  • Identifies storage related business and technology requirements.

Designs and develops new storage topology by leveraging new and existing storage technology including VMAX architectures to support distributed systems and mainframe environments.

Assists with the planning and design for storage consolidation projects to eliminate older arrays.

Produces unbiased technicalstorage recommendations through evaluations and selection efforts, and presents to senior management.

  • Leads the development and presentation of technology led business cases to senior IT & business executives.
  • Plans, manages and participates in the assessment (current state), detailed design (future state) and deployment of storage related processes for data management including those for primary storage and backup and recovery.
  • Configures, assigns, and allocates storage to multiple OS environments.
  • Analyze SAN storage performance and support tuning to optimize configuration.
  • Configures and implements scalable storage, backup and recovery, and data management solutions for business systems.
  • Assesses, designs and deploys storage technology to support advanced computing initiatives e.g. server virtualization, storage virtualization, etc.
  • Designs and deploys Information Lifecycle Management solutions.
  • Supports data center, application, and data migrations and consolidations.
  • Supports the deployment of datacenter, server, and network operational monitoring, management, etc. components.
  • Supports application and database rationalization design and implementation.
  • Supports the asset management process.
  • Enables knowledge sharing of data center technologies.
  • Leads teams of consultants.


  • Eight (8) to ten (10) years of storage administration experience with at least 10+ years of overall IT experience.
  • Demonstrated hands on storage expertise.
  • Track record of developing business relationships with internal and external clients.
  • Five (5) or more years experience working with storage archiving and storage virtualization.

Ability to assess current state storage architectures.

Experience in high availability and business continuity environments.

Team player that has the tendency to step up to challenges instead of backing away from them (Non-adversarial).

Distributed Systems Qualifications

  • Strong operating system background primarily in UNIX, Windows, Linux.
  • Understanding of SAN security (LUN masking and storage provisioning).
  • Experience with SYMCLI utility as well as the tools to migrate data between arrays.
  • In-depth knowledge of storage performance utilizing Performance Manager/IOPS/Qdepth and other third party software.
  • Experience with VMAX FAST VP and experience with thin provisioning on CX
  • Experience with Optimizing the NetApp storage environment
  • Experience with SAN capacity management specifically APTARE would be a big plus
  • Experience with storage de-duplication, thin provisioning, and NAS is a plus.
  • Tivoli Storage Manager.
  • Hands on experience in managing SAN (EMC) environments (including SAN switches/zoning) in CISCO environments.
  • ITIL concepts including configuration, problem, change, asset and capacity management.
  • Windows platform Administration experience required (MCSE certification preferred)
  • AIX Platform Administration experience required (AIX Certified Administrator preferred)
  • Database experience with one of the following DBs preferred (Oracle, DB2/UDB or SQL).
  • Scripting experience with Windows, AIX, and mainframe.
  • Capacity planning for Open Systems and mainframe environments.
  • Knowledge and practical use of Navisphere toolset.
  • Experience with SRDF and TimeFinder recovery.

Mainframe Specific Qualifications (considered a plus)

  • Minimum of 5 to 10 years of IBM mainframe DASD and tape storage experience in a z/OS, z/vM, and z/Linux environment.
  • Demonstrated mainframe storage efficiency analysis and space recovery execution
  • Mainframe input/output (I/O) performance and tuning
  • Mainframe storage utilization reporting
  • Demonstrated mainframe storage efficiency analysis and space recovery execution.
  • Mainframe input/output (I/O) performance and tuning.
  • Mainframe storage utilization reporting.
  • EMC VMAX with Flash, RAID10, SRDF/A, TimeFinder/Clone, and Encryption
  • EMC DLm virtual tape subsystems (Bus-Tech, Celerra, Clariion)
  • IBM TS3500 tape library with TS1120 (E05) tape drives
  • FICON channel subsystems
  • Interactive Storage Management Facility (ISMF)
  • Systems Management Facility (SMF)
  • Resource Management Facility (RMF)
  • DFSMS Data Collection Facility (DCOLLECT)
  • DFSMShsm Hierarchical Storage Manager
  • DB2 and IMS databases
  • DB2 SAP Environments
  • CA1 Tape Management System (TMS)
  • CA Disk Backup and Restore (DMS/OS)
  • Transparent Data Migration Facility (TDMF)
  • Job Control Language (JCL)
  • DFSMSdfp, DFSMSdss
  • Z/OS Access Methods (QSAM, VSAM, BPAM (PDS/PDSE), etc.)
  • Unix Systems Services (USS)

Other Skill Requirements

Documentation and writing skills is a key element for success in this role

Ability to work horizontally across organizations and groups.

  • Ability to respond to and understand clients needs and requirements.
  • Verbal communications skills to explain the application of cost-effective technology alternatives to meet business requirements.
  • Ability to effectively present information in verbal or written form.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions
  • Proven facilitation & teamwork skills.
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Educational Requirements

BS Business, CS, EE, or related, ideal. Will consider non-degreed candidates with close- or exact-fitting experience as noted above.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

EMC certified Systems Engineer/Storage Administrator

Symmetrix Solutions

Clariion Solutions


Storage Management Tools certifications preferred

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