VMware Senior Systems Engineer Empyrean Benefit Solutions
Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc. is a Human Resource Technology and Services company that provides health & welfare benefits administration solutions to employers, insurance brokers and health insurance exchanges. Leveraging our proprietary, web-based platform, we provide a full range of benefits administration services to help our clients efficiently tackle the increasingly complex healthcare environment. Today, Empyrean serves over 100 employers across multiple industry verticals and over 1,000,000 lives. We are a fast-growing private company based in Houston, TX and backed by leading private equity investors.
VMware Subject Matter Expert (SME) with VCP5 certification. VMware SME will be responsible for managing and administering a growing VMware virtualization environment. VMware SME duties include design, configuration, daily administration, and capacity planning of VMware vSphere platform.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Deploying, managing, and troubleshooting VMware vSphere 5.1 Enterprise Plus, vCenter server, vCenter Operations Manager and VMware Site Recovery Manager;
Management of Host Profiles in the vSphere environment and ensures hosts remain compliant;
Management of virtual network switches which includes distributed switches;
Patching ESX/ESXi hosts using Update Manager and patches Windows 2008 domain;
Ensuring backup of VM environment are performed and are successful;
Leading the design, implementation, and maintenance of complex solutions;
Coordinating activities with other technical personnel as appropriate;
Developing and analyzing highly complex system standards, thresholds, and recommendations to maximize system performance;
Conducting capacity planning reviews with management and approving capacity plans formulated by less experienced personnel;
Developing strategies to manage the frequency of appropriate support package/patch application;
Monitoring database maintenance and providing appropriate recommendations, when required;
Researching current systems technology and serving as the subject matter expert on complex systems processes and procedures;
Providing technical leadership to internal and external personnel on highly complex system installation processes;
Providing technical leadership to appropriate personnel on highly complex system administration activities;
Providing technical solutions and escalated support for non-routine, highly complex technical issues;
Mentoring and providing guidance to less experienced personnel;
Developing and using PowerShell for scripting; and
Demonstrated experience with Linux VM (Proxmox) desired, but not required.
Required Experience and Skills
6 to 10 years of experience with a minimum of 4 years related to virtualized environments.
Experience in the deployment, management, and troubleshooting of VMware vSphere 5.1 Enterprise Plus.
Demonstrated understanding of computer server architectures and peripherals including HP Blades, HP virtual connect, Flex-10 technology and HP P2000 and 3 Par series SAN.
Working knowledge of virtualization concepts and technologies to include vCenter Orchestrator,, Operations Manager, CapacityIQ, Update Manager and PowerCLI.
Working knowledge of vSphere 5.1 platform including but not limited to design, configuration, daily administration, capacity planning, and troubleshooting issues.
Configuration of SRM (Site Recovery Manager) including strong understanding of disaster recovery using SAN replication.
Experience working with Windows 2008 and/or prior versions concerning Active Directory design, DNS, Group Policy Management and other Windows related tasks.
Proven ability to be self-directing, requiring limited management oversight, to be proactive in monitoring and maintaining the virtual infrastructure.
Strong understanding of hosting architectures including database, network, and SAN technologies and concepts.
Strong understanding of Information Assurance concepts and security in virtual environments. (NIST security controls, DISA STIGs, Diplomatic Security standards).
Strong understanding of VMware backup strategies, concepts and performance.
Strong discipline in PowerShell scripting.
Understanding of ITIL Methodology and has worked within a change management process.
Believes in and embraces the team concept and team environment.
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