Data Center & Cloud Solutions Specialist

Job Description

Job Title:                   Data Centre & Cloud Solutions Specialist

Department:               Technical

Location:                   Lagos, Nigeria

Responsibilities:      The DC & Cloud Solutions Specialist will be responsible for coordinating and performing installations, preventive and remedial maintenance of servers configured in clustered environments, located within a computing environment. He/She will interface with hardware vendors to establish successful integration of equipment into associated systems and provide top level technical expertise and support for all services. He/she will also work with the technical department to develop hardware configuration test plans to support implementation efforts.

The DC & Cloud Solutions Specialist will also-

·         Monitor and ensure maximum uptime on existing hardware/networks.

·         Perform as needed, hardware/network maintenance or configuration changes as directed.

·         Ensure proper deployment of new hardware, including servers, switches and storage arrays.

·         Provide quick and timely updates to work tickets, and provide prompt responses to requests

·         Identify opportunities for improvements in efficiency and responsiveness, makes recommendations and implements efficiencies as necessary.

·         Ensure orderliness, maintains accurate hardware inventory records and publishes best practice procedures for operations.


Qualification:                  ·  Bachelor's Degree in Computer Sciences or Engineering.

·         At least 8 - 15 years’ specific experience in related field.

·         Certifications such as CCIE, CCNA, EMCIE, EMCTA, VCP, etc. are given a preference. 



Competencies required:

·          Solid understanding of network deployment process.

·          The individual needs to understand the basics of PXE booting, TFTP, DHCP and HTTP. WDS/WAIK for windows deployment is a plus.

·          Solid understanding of Linux. Any Linux, but preferably RedHat variants. The person needs to know how to install Linux and manage it.

·          Individual MUST have advanced Linux experience, understanding Linux infrastructure technologies including WSRR, WODM, OpenAM, PostgreSQL, Mule, LDAP and WMQ.

·          Expert level knowledge in all Cisco switching products, as well as Cisco UCS and Nexus 1000v.

·          Expert level knowledge in Vmware, vCenter, SRM, ESX Virtualization, EMC VNX, Isilon SANCitrix XenApp / XenDesktop, Active Directory infrastructure technologies, Hyper-V and KVM.

·          Should have hands-on experience with Cisco UCS compute cluster, Cisco 1000v VSM within vSphere 5.

·          Strong knowledge in all other areas of: Data Center Networking Design & planning, Layer2 network design and architecture including expertise with switching and/or routing platforms from Cisco, SAN switching

·          Expert knowledge in VCE Vblock cloud infrastructure, IaaS (infrastructure as a service) BaaS (Backup as a service), RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) cloud implementation

·          Solid understanding of a chassis/hardware installation process including changing the hardware components/configuration (hard drive, Memory, CPU, PCI cards).

·          Should have deployed VCE VBLOCK 100,300 and 700.

·          Good knowledge and ability to debug hardware problems – for example, if a node does not boot, the person needs to identify whether the problem is hardware (maybe like a bad DIMM), or the software.

·            Individual will need some POST and OS boot experience.


·          Scripting in any of the following is a plus – Perl, Python, Bash, XML, XPATH

·          Windows management (AD, DHCP server, WDS), will be an added advantage.








Air ticket to home country on holidays for self and family,



once a year.



Furnished accommodation

·    Vehicle for movement between home and offices


·    Medical Insurance for self, spouse and up to four children (if domiciled in Nigeria)