Despite what we like to say in IT; it is rare for what we do to have a transformational impact on the day-to-day working of a business, fortunately I am currently in the position of knowing what I do completely changes how the company I work for creates it's product. And even better, I am in the position of being able to recruit someone else to come and join our little band of storage specialists, it's not an army, more a crack(ed) squad.
Over the next twelve months, we will be ramping up the delivery of a file-based workflow for content production for broadcast and at the core of this, is the storage; it is probably no exageration to say that all the company's eggs are being placed in our basket. We will be migrating into our new Broadcast Centre which amongst many other new features will be completely free of video-tapes; when I point out that we currently have over a million video tapes, this should give you some idea of the magnitude of our task.
And whilst we are delivering this; we will be delivering 3D edit capability, render-farms, core back-up solutions for the Broadcast systems and anything else the business cares to throw at us. The skills that I am looking for are listed in the job advert but core skills are:
- Tivoli Storage Manager - Especially from an archive point of view
- IBM's GPFS - Clustered file-systems are becoming the foundation of the storage we deliver to the business
- NAS - NFS especially but also you need to be CIFS aware and an interest in pNFS would be helpful.
- General Storage - realistically, I don't really care what arrays you've worked on as long as you are ready to take on new challenges and also willing to let go of anything you have done in the past. We are not here to debate EMC vs HDS vs IBM vs NetApp etc; we are here to deliver a function not navel gaze!
Although it is not obvious at first, pretty much everything we do can be applied to the Cloud; no we don't do VMware (yet) but what we do do is build out massively scalable storage solutions based around pretty much commodity hardware.
We're a small team at present; there's only three of us at the moment and I've no intention of growing it massively. The plan is to keep it small and focussed on doing the right things from day one. You will get the chance to work closely with both the other infrastructure teams but also the business teams.
If you are interested, please go here and search for position number 02979 or just searching for storage should it.
If you have any questions; you should be able to find how to contact me and I'll be at #storagebeers on Thursday 2nd December.