SYSTEMS ARCHITECT/Hardware Architect
About my client and the ICO Team
My client is an analyst-recognized market-leading provider of software and
services for securing networks, applications, and data.
The Infrastructure and Cloud Operations team (ICO) is responsible for the
design, deployment, and operation of their hosted product offerings,
including DDoS protection, Content Delivery (CDN), and Web Application
They operate from more than 47 data centers across 37 countries, and they're
working hard to grow that footprint to meet our customers' demands.
About the role
I am looking for an experienced systems architect to help specify, select,
and evolve the hardware that powers my client's hosted offerings, including bare-
metal applications and virtualization and containers.
With input from the internal development partners and capacity planning
team, identify and specify hardware and technologies suitable for
deployment in our data centers to support the current and future products.
Develop and maintain relationships with current and candidate system
manufacturers and integrators.
Continually research technology evolution, vendor roadmaps and standards
development to identify opportunities to improve our reliability and scale.
Develop and execute proof-of-concept and benchmark/performance tests.
Balance multiple factors, including performance, thermals, power, density,
and cost when making selections and recommendations.
Communicate decisions and findings to both technical and non-technical
audiences in writing and interactively.
Expert knowledge of and 8+ years of experience with modern compute
hardware at the CPU, GPU, memory, storage and bus level.
Expert knowledge of silicon roadmaps and established and developing
A deep understanding of current network interface technologies, including
physical network interfaces, such as 100G-SR4 Ethernet, and related concepts
such as offload, SmartNICs and DPDK.
A deep understanding of Linux and container networking, including packet
processing and protocols such as TCP and TLS/SSL.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Your work will
require generating alignment between many parties across various