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Senior Network Architect

 

Senior Network Architect

  • JR-123017
  • Redwood City
  • Information Technology
  • Full time
Senior Network Architect

Equinix is the world’s digital infrastructure company, operating 210 data centers across the globe and providing interconnections to all the key clouds and networks. Businesses need one place to simplify and bring together fragmented, complex infrastructure that spans private and public cloud environments. Our global platform allows customers to place infrastructure wherever they need it and connect it to everything they need to succeed. 

 

At Equinix, we help the world’s digital leaders scale with agility, speed the launch of digital services, deliver world-class experiences, and transform people’s lives. Our culture is based on collaboration and the growth and development of our teams.   

 

We hire hardworking people who thrive on solving challenging problems and give them opportunities to hone new skills, and try new approaches, as we grow our product portfolio with new software and network architecture solutions. We embrace diversity in thought and contribution and are committed to providing an equitable work environment that is foundational to our core values as a company and is vital to our success. 

Job Summary: The Network Architect is a senior-level position that provides enterprise network design expertise to internal Equinix customers. The individual will architect and design global networks and standards for Equinix data centers, IBXs, Offices, and Clouds.  The Architect will also regularly interact and work directly with all Vendors, Equinix Enterprise Architecture, and Infosec teams to understand requirements, develop global standards and select next-gen network architecture.

Responsibilities

  • Translate Equinix IT business requirements into a clear & concise, cost-effective network architecture.

  • Research industry best practices and determine the relevance and feasibility of incorporating them into the Global Enterprise Network.

  • Author and maintain all network architecture and standards documentation. 

  • Provide input for network automation playbooks and drive towards infrastructure as code.

  • Works in creating the roadmaps for products and deployments. 

  • Drive network and process innovation through research and evaluation of both cutting-edge and well-established technologies.

  • Participate in industry events and forums in an effort to further close that infinite gap between what we know and what we still have yet to learn.

  • Participates in requirements/architecture discussions, design reviews, UAT, and deployment/training processes of various projects and products. 

  • Defines network requirements and aligns technology roadmaps. 

  • Understands cloud designs and associated models Vendor Management.

  • Builds and maintains effective working relationships and partnerships with stakeholders.

  • Architect solutions utilizing industry best practices. 

  • Determine operational weaknesses within the existing network infrastructure, and present execution plans to remediate problem areas.

  • Evaluate and identify opportunities to improve the security and/or performance of existing environments.

  • Interact with other teams to provide escalation support during outages and customer issues, even if the problem might not be directly related to the network infrastructure.

  • Work to complete all projects assigned and exhaust all possible resources in order to provide results on time and within specifications.

  • Implementation and enforcement of existing and self-designed security measures and policies to protect Equinix from both external and internal attacks and/or abuses.

  • Travel may be required to meet project objectives. Approximately <5% travel.

Qualifications

  • 10 years of progressive network architecture experience in global large-scale enterprise and data-center environments.

  • Bachelor's degree.

  • Strong technical background covering Layer 3 protocols (BGP/OSPF) in large scale designs.

  • In-depth knowledge and experience with the design and implementation of switched and routed networks and associated protocols: TCP/IP, NAT/PAT, HSRP, STP, PBR, BFD.

  • 5+ years experience with large carrier networks and connectivity such as P2P, VPLS, MPLS, ISP.

  • 5+ years experience with Cisco Nexus and/Catalyst platforms.

  • 2+ years experience architecting F5 network LTM/GTM.

  • Network Security experience around securing network designs using firewalls, protocols and, features.

  • Experience automating network tasks.

  • Meraki WiFi technologies and associated Design experience.

  • Ability to work as a member of a cross-functional team.

  • Ability to document solutions with Visio, Word, and PowerPoint.

  • Must have the ability to effectively communicate with clients, management, and peers.

  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Desired Skills

  • WAN design and optimization.

  • Cisco SD-Access (9K catalyst).

  • Palo Alto Engineering and Deployment experience.

  • Hands-on experience with AWS and Azure cloud architectures.

  • Experience with F5 Load Balancers.

  • SDWAN (Velocloud, Versa, Cisco).

  • Experience and/or knowledge of Docker Containers with Kubernetes.

  • Network automation tools such as Service Now and ansible.

  • Application stack layer 3-7.

  • Positive attitude with a love of learning new tech.

We offer Medical, TeleMedicine, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D insurance, 401K, Leave of absence & disability benefits, paid time off & holidays and more. 

In accordance with Colorado State Law (https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-085) the salary range for Colorado for this role is $113,000- $153,000 per year with 20% bonus target.

At Equinix, we’re tasked with leading in the communities we serve — and doing our part to help keep our communities and our teams safe. Our #IamSafeIBelongIMatter culture transcends and informs all we do. In alignment with our culture, as well as our status as a U.S. federal contractor, as of December 8, 2021, Equinix will be mandating all US-based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. If you are unable to get a vaccine due to a medical condition, or sincerely held religious belief, Equinix will consider exemption requests as an accommodation.

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. 

Visit our Career page here to understand about Equinix COVID-19 Vaccine Policy.

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