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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Ilkotism

Two IT jobs in North Carolina:

We are looking for two senior level IT positions and are having a hard time finding good candidates.  I would love to see the positions filled by members of the Ilk.

Senior Converged Infrastructure Engineer
In this case we are looking specifically for someone who is an expert in Compute-Unix/Linux specific and Storage-EMC specific.  AIX/Red Hat, VMware, IBM Power, EMC Storage, VCE Vblock.

Senior Storage Engineer 
7+ years of direct experience managing storage in a large enterprise environment.  EMC experience is highly preferred, but possibly not required. 

No remote option.

If you're qualified and you're interested, email me with a resume attached and I'll forward it onto the relevant party.

On a tangential note, we're going to have an IT-related January Brainstorm session soon. It will be closed; I just have to work out the date with the panelists.

The Game Dev course begins Saturday. I'll send out the emails tonight.

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52 Comments:

Blogger dh January 05, 2016 1:14 PM  

I have a candidate for one of those, I will send along a note when I have a moment. Those are some great positions.

Blogger Student in Blue January 05, 2016 1:28 PM  

The Game Dev course begins Saturday.

I am simultaneously excited and dismayed, as I have a commitment this Saturday through Sunday. I might be able to be free in the evenings but it's uncertain.

If attendees aren't able to be there when it happens, how much of a hindrance will that be, Vox?

Blogger Guitar Man January 05, 2016 1:36 PM  

I work mostly with Netapp storage, but I'm not local to NC.

Anonymous RS January 05, 2016 1:50 PM  

I thought this was going to be a joke when I saw 'converged'.

Blogger Thomas Davidsmeier January 05, 2016 2:02 PM  

Will recordings or anything of the sort be available for purchase for the Game Dev class after it runs?

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau January 05, 2016 2:08 PM  

Darn live in NC but don't have that type type of tech experience.

Blogger Chiva January 05, 2016 2:16 PM  

You may have a few people in NC from EMC looking for jobs in the next two months.

Blogger James Dixon January 05, 2016 2:39 PM  

Shame I don't have any storage management experience, as I'd be happy to relocate. :(

Blogger James Dixon January 05, 2016 2:45 PM  

> Darn live in NC but don't have that type type of tech experience.

Yeah, it's a specialized experience set, which is why they're having trouble finding people. Of course, when you say "7+ years of direct experience" in an already sparsely populated field, you're really limiting your available pool.

Personally, I think most employers over rate how difficult it is to learn new skills in IT. It takes time, but most good techs can learn anything you ask them to.

Anonymous Grime Knight January 05, 2016 3:08 PM  

@9 - Personally, I think most employers over rate how difficult it is to learn new skills in IT. It takes time, but most good techs can learn anything you ask them to.

Can confirm. I started out only knowing PHP on the backend side of things, but rapidly had to learn the .NET framework. Not too bad, since a lot of concepts like OOP and MVC carry over from one language to another. You just gotta watch out for gotchas, weird syntax, etc.

Probably the hardest part, for me at any rate, is setting up your dev, testing, and deployment environment & process for the first time.

Anonymous That Would Be Telling January 05, 2016 3:11 PM  

@9 James Dixon:

> Darn live in NC but don't have that type type of tech experience.

Yeah, it's a specialized experience set, which is why they're having trouble finding people. Of course, when you say "7+ years of direct experience" in an already sparsely populated field, you're really limiting your available pool.

Personally, I think most employers over rate how difficult it is to learn new skills in IT. It takes time, but most good techs can learn anything you ask them to.


I generally agree and have recruited programmers following that approach, but domains like enterprise storage are ideally learned elsewhere, so your firm doesn't suffer outages in the inevitable early mistakes people made. This is one area where there is no substitute for hard experience, and note they are "possibly" willing to accept people experienced with different companies' gear.

Anonymous Grime Knight January 05, 2016 3:20 PM  

...meant to say that in reference to programming/software engineering, not IT per se

Blogger Student in Blue January 05, 2016 3:23 PM  

@Grime Knight

Whaddya mean? It's all that computerish black magic, innit? A computer engineer's a programmer's a telecomms guy, right? (/s)

Blogger James Dixon January 05, 2016 3:27 PM  

> ...but domains like enterprise storage are ideally learned elsewhere...

The problem they;re facing is that there are only so many places that require that kind of experience. How many companies are that that use enterprise storage solutions at the level they're talking about? 5000 or so, maybe? So if you're looking for experience, you've got a small talent pool on which to draw.

Blogger James Dixon January 05, 2016 3:28 PM  

> A computer engineer's a programmer's a telecomms guy, right? (/s)

The big divide is hardware guys versus software guys. :)

Blogger Austin Ballast January 05, 2016 3:48 PM  

Another question is if they are offering the appropriate salary for such positions. Many companies want to get top quality people for industry standard (or lower) rates.

Anonymous Grime Knight January 05, 2016 4:12 PM  

Whaddya mean? It's all that computerish black magic, innit? A computer engineer's a programmer's a telecomms guy, right?

That and if you can install a printer and fix the VCR!

Blogger Student in Blue January 05, 2016 4:16 PM  

printer

Please good sir, I'm getting triggered over here.

I half understand why printers are a big business, as it's a pretty complicated endeavor... but at the same time I don't understand why it has remained such a complicated endeavor to put ink to paper.

Blogger Quintus Maximus January 05, 2016 4:22 PM  

Email sent. No direct EMC experience, but I have 10 years on multiple other platforms.

Blogger Sean January 05, 2016 4:33 PM  

Would the firm be open to using a third party recruiter to help fill the position if the recruiter is a member of the ilk?

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother January 05, 2016 4:35 PM  

Are these job descriptions in English?

Blogger Student in Blue January 05, 2016 4:38 PM  

Warning, that TinyURL posted by "Tim Sanders" redirects to a clickbank.net site.

Anonymous Grime Knight January 05, 2016 4:38 PM  

Please good sir, I'm getting triggered over here.

Oh gosh, i'm so sorry, i need to check my .NET privileges. I'll add a safe space for everyone posthaste!!

Blogger Student in Blue January 05, 2016 4:40 PM  

.NET privileges

You didn't build that. What you know as .NET privilege was built on the backs of hardworking COBOL slaves!

Anonymous Grime Knight January 05, 2016 4:54 PM  

@24 - Dude, procedurally objectifying AND hierarchical. BadThink! All of this is BadThink!

Blogger Quintus Maximus January 05, 2016 5:02 PM  

Freaking software nerds....

Blogger Student in Blue January 05, 2016 5:18 PM  

Freaking software nerds....

I'm sorry, let's chat about the latest and greatest of storage hardware, since it's topical.

So, uh... how about those magnetic tapes? Talk about cutting edge technology.

Anonymous VFM 5589 January 05, 2016 5:27 PM  

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of magnetic tapes on the highway.

Blogger Quintus Maximus January 05, 2016 5:43 PM  

I quit using tape years ago :P Well mostly. You almost always have a need for air-gapped archival. Some use hotswap drives, but we're still using tape for that. Not really my area.

Blogger Student in Blue January 05, 2016 6:00 PM  

I'm still waiting for those fantastical, sci-fi crystal-based hard drives.

They haven't shown up in the last... 6 or 7 years since I heard about it, and I'm not holding my breath. Still, it'd be nice to have something besides magnetic tape.

Blogger Nick S January 05, 2016 6:14 PM  

Still, it'd be nice to have something besides magnetic tape.

Maybe 3D XPoint will pan out in the long run, but I'm dubious.

Blogger Ingot9455 January 05, 2016 7:02 PM  

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Blogger Ingot9455 January 05, 2016 7:03 PM  

Flash drives, obviously are 'crystal-based hard drives.' At least, they act in a pretty sci-fi fantastical way compared to spinning disks, and they're getting cheaper all the time.

Yeah, there's a few other technologies on the way. Supposedly. HP's memristors and Intel's new not-flash-drives-but-an-incredible-simulation technology (mentioned above). I'll believe them when a product hits the stores.

Blogger David of One January 05, 2016 7:09 PM  

Whoa! I'm not available, but you must be looking for me. Yeah, folks with that experience set might be a tad bit hard to find.
EMC trained and experienced on the CX-400 Storage Arrays, Systems Programmer - IBM, cut my teeth on BSD ... now RHEL/Ubuntu/VxWorks, vCenter/VMware ESXi 5.5 and VMware Workstation and both thin & thick clients over the last 7 years or so. Systems Engineering background with IRAD experience as team member and PI. One IRAD was store, tag and forward NRT non-terrestrial data.

As I said, I'm not available but it is cool to see someone needing my experience and skill set.

Anonymous Dave Gerrold's Cabana Boy January 05, 2016 9:32 PM  

I'll take FeRam over memristor hype, lol

Blogger Were-Puppy January 05, 2016 10:26 PM  

I've got a lot of EMC experience, very tempting.

Blogger 4given January 05, 2016 11:22 PM  

@20 - Sean

Possibly. Just send an email to VD with your contact info and I'll reach out to you.

Blogger 4given January 05, 2016 11:27 PM  

@16 - Austin Ballast

Salaries will be competitive for the NC market. But will seem low if coming from NY/CA etc.

Blogger 4given January 05, 2016 11:37 PM  

I asked VD to post the jobs. Thank you sir! Been a long time reader here, but don't comment much.

My preference would be to recruit lower end, less experienced but hungry, guys that have the ability to grow into the positions. Unfortunately, I'm not the decision maker on these positions though. So if you are less experienced then the above would require, but with some relevant experience I'd be interested in talking to you and potentially recommending you for a lower position that could grow into one of the above.

Blogger 4given January 06, 2016 12:04 AM  

@36 - Were-Puppy

Send your resume.

Anonymous LastRedoubt January 06, 2016 1:23 AM  

Good luck on the job search.

Blogger rho January 06, 2016 1:39 AM  

My preference would be to recruit lower end, less experienced but hungry, guys that have the ability to grow into the positions. Unfortunately, I'm not the decision maker on these positions though. So if you are less experienced then the above would require, but with some relevant experience I'd be interested in talking to you and potentially recommending you for a lower position that could grow into one of the above.

Try advertising in the reverse.

Compute-Unix/Linux specific and Storage-EMC specific. AIX/Red Hat, VMware, IBM Power, EMC Storage, VCE Vblock.

That's a laundry list of issues, not qualifications.

Blogger JimR January 06, 2016 3:03 AM  

"no remote"
yeah, not working for me. East of the Mississippi? no can do. But will pass along to the few east coast brethren I know.
I know what I am worth, and it ain't worth moving.

Blogger Austin Ballast January 06, 2016 9:07 AM  

@38 4given

Salaries will be competitive for the NC market. But will seem low if coming from NY/CA etc.

I would take that to mean that it is standard for IT in general, not this skillset.

That would be what I expect, but will make it harder to pull this specific individual since the skills could demand more in today's market.

Too many companies don't realize you have to pay more for in demand skills. Even just offering "standard" rates only works if that individual needs a job, something that is often not true in cases like this.

Blogger 4given January 06, 2016 9:36 AM  

@44 - Austin Ballast

Agreed. There would probably need to be another factor for someone wanting to relo for these jobs. Someone who wants to move out of a big city, or someone who wants to get to NC.

Blogger The Other Robot January 06, 2016 10:41 AM  

If there are positions for storage software devs or etc, possibly involving things like Open Source Software, file systems, Zookeeper, Consistent Hashing, Linux kernel experience, etc, there might be some interest as well from some people.

Blogger Elocutioner January 06, 2016 1:50 PM  

Was the email sent? I didn't receive mine.

Blogger 4given January 06, 2016 4:04 PM  

@46 - The Other Robot

Managing hadoop and it's ecosystem is part of the converged job. We don't tend to do much actual dev here though.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 06, 2016 4:45 PM  

@24 Student in Blue
You didn't build that. What you know as .NET privilege was built on the backs of hardworking COBOL slaves!
--

COBOL + Printers = Dudes with wheelbarrels delivering 50 pound printouts to peoples desks in the morning

Blogger Were-Puppy January 06, 2016 4:49 PM  

@28 VFM 5589
Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of magnetic tapes on the highway.
--

LOL - I thought that was part of the disaster recovery plan!

Blogger Were-Puppy January 06, 2016 4:52 PM  

@30 Student in Blue
I'm still waiting for those fantastical, sci-fi crystal-based hard drives.

---

Ah, I've seen those - Crystals

Blogger Kentucky Packrat January 07, 2016 9:11 AM  

My preference would be to recruit lower end, less experienced but hungry, guys that have the ability to grow into the positions.

On one hand, this is how I became a general specialist who can meet every one of your requirements. An IBM guy took a chance on a cheeky college student because I knew hockey-pux (HP-UX) and Solaris, and I picked up AIX along the way. Then, at the current job, I became storage admin because they had to go to the tape on the previous admin (and he lost). I was given the passwords and told to go to it, and by the way, a full SAN migration was coming...

On the other hand, it's usually a recipe to get someone too young and stupid to realize that 70 billable hours a week, no family life, and constant on-call is no way to live. Again, I've lived that life, and not again.

If you had availability to do remote work, I'd be a little bit tempted. Working for the Ilk has some advantages. However, I'm tied to Kentucky right now, and my current position is only slightly annoying (team lead == manager with no extra money, no authority, and extra work). The latter will fix itself soon.

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