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Principal Network Engineer – Optical Network Design and Optimization

 

Principal Network Engineer – Optical Network Design and Optimization

  • JR-124384
  • San Jose
  • Denver
  • Miami
  • Dallas
  • Ashburn
  • Information Technology
  • Full time
Principal Network Engineer – Optical Network Design and Optimization

Equinix is one of the fastest growing data center companies, growing connectivity between clients worldwide. That’s why we're always looking for creative and visionary people who can help us achieve our goal of global interconnection. With 240+ data centers in over 27 countries spanning across all six continents, we are home to the Cloud, supporting over 1000 Cloud and IT services companies that are directly engaged in technological innovation and development. We are passionate about further evolving the specific areas of software development, software and network architecture, network operations and complex cloud and application solutions.

At Equinix, we make the internet work faster, better, and more reliably. We hire talented people who thrive on solving hard problems and give them opportunities to hone new skills, try new approaches, and grow in new directions. Our culture is at the heart of our success and it’s our authentic, humble, gritty people who create The Magic of Equinix. We share a real passion for winning and put the customer at the center of everything we do.

Equinix high-capacity next generation optical DWDM network infrastructure interconnects global Equinix data centers at metro and regional long-haul level. This data center optical interconnection networks infrastructure includes high-capacity multi-vendor optical networks with service automation for provisioning.  This infrastructure serves as backbone for Equinix packet and cloud interconnection services as well as provide optical transport services to external customers. Equinix’s 240+ global data centers (known as Internet Business Exchanges TM or IBXTMs) provide space, power, network interconnections and edge services (Equinix Metal, Network Edge, Equinix Precision Time etc.) for Equinix customers.

The Global Network Architecture, Engineering and Design (GNAED) organization at Equinix is seeking a seasoned Principal Network Engineer to design  and optimize Equinix global optical DWDM technology for global network built over the past decade as well as greenfield networks for organic growth from new M&A integrations. Optical team of the GNAED has built and maintains all deployed network configurations in the state-of-the-art labs in San Jose and Miami.

The ideal candidate would have extensive experience with design and optimization for all types of advanced photonic line systems (such as Ciena RLS/6500, Infinera FlexILS etc.), high baud rate transponders (100Gb/s DWDM to 800Gb/s DWDM going to 1.6 Tb/s DWDM in 2023/2024) as part of optical Data Center Interconnect (DCI) layer including clients (for 10G/100G/400G/FC/ODU-x services ) from different vendors into global service provider networks.

Responsibilities

Optical network design and optimization to maximize capacity  which will involve photonic domain design, transponder allocation, optical spectrum balancing, dark fiber analysis and network modeling. Works with the Network Architecture and engineering teams to translate network architectures into metro/regional long-haul  level designs/configurations and high level BOM for global networks (all six continents)

  • Works collaboratively with the network architecture, network engineering, network implementation, service delivery and service management teams that span the globe

  • Performs optical DWDM network designs, design validation from FOC results, operationalize designs for implementation for 10G/100G/400G transport services for internal consumption as well as for MetroConnect service offerings to external customers

  • Optimizes/designs current brownfield networks (including spectrum defragmentation) with incremental designs/capacity adds and identifies and recommends changes for improvement of the recommended/accepted solution option after vetting various possible options with the cross-functional teams.

  • Participates in the development and /or creates troubleshooting guides and trains the NSE team on the platform and how to troubleshoot issues

  • Drives development of new features/enhancement requests for vendor design tools (such as One Planner/Planner+ from Ciena) as well as build and/or maintain in house design tools/utilities

  • Creates high level implementation plans from designs and recommends migration procedures to support deployment execution and completion

  • Puts together design guidelines/templates and recommends migration procedures to support deployments

  • Responsible for developing high level MOPs that implement the design changes in the network platforms on as needed basis

  • Be the Subject Matter Expert to downstream teams to help them understand the design/optimization solution and assist their technical queries.

  • Supports new initiatives to automate optimization, design, and planning workflow processes

  • Creates engineering deployment packages (EDPs), including rack elevation drawings, space and power requirements, cable run lists, and any other site-specific documentation if required for first office application in production

  • Prepare high-level documentation for use by other Global Network Infrastructure Operations groups (EDPs, configurations, and training guides)

Qualifications

  • Must have 15+ years of experience in optical DWDM/ROADM transport network  design and optimization @100G/200G/400G/800G DWDM preferably from any global optical system vendor like Ciena, Infinera, Cisco, Nokia etc. or a global service provider

  • Ten or more years of experience in photonic line systems (fixed grid and flex grid ROADM, mux/demux, colorless mux, CD, CDC etc.) including spectrum optimization/defragmentation, fiber optic characterization (FOC) and optimizing of transport network performance (including alien waves) with 100G/200G/400G/600G/800G transponders on various line systems for point to point, ring, and mesh network topologies

  • Design and optimization experience with grooming various clients and services like 10GE/100GE/400GE/FC/ODU-x etc. into high bit rate transponders on optical DCIs along with familiarity of 400GE ZR/ZR+ coherent optical plug technology is preferred

  • Knowledge of outside plant dark fiber including fiber types and loss/system design/performance limitations in data center or telecommunication networks

  • Understanding of Software Defined Networks for Datacenter Networking including one or more of the following controllers/orchestrators: Cisco/Tail-f/NSO, Ciena/MCP-BP or MDSO, Infinera Maestro, NOKIA/NUAGE, ONOS etc.

  • Some experience/familiarity in one or more of the following areas: large-scale, mission-critical applications, network management systems, Operations Support Systems, general large-scale system architecture or large-scale databases preferred

  • Demonstrated knowledge of major industry standards: TMF, TNM, ETSI, ITU, ONF, Telcordia, etc.

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills

  • Strong project management and organizational skills

  • BS in CS/EE or equivalent with MS/PhD preferred

Equinix is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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