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Data Center Solutions Architect

At Presidio, we think, architect, implement and support the practical reality of IT every day. We bring together the best minds in the industry to deliver IT excellence and support the answers to our clients' IT challenges. As one of the largest IT-as-a-Service solution providers in the U.S., we combine experience and stability with regional expertise and the unique ability to cover local and global business needs. For more information about Presidio visit our website at www.presidio.com.
We have an exciting opportunity available for a Data Center Solutions Architect in our Reston, VA or Fulton, MD offices. As a Solutions Architect (SA) and a member of the Pre-Sales Engineering Team, the candidate will be responsible for meeting with Commercial, Enterprise, SLED, and Federal customers, collecting requirements for Data Center projects and developing engineering solutions for sale to Presidio customers.
A successful Solutions Architect should be able to present and explain various Data Center technologies to customers, guide them through requirements gathering, and formulate a solution consisting of hardware, software, licensing, and engineering services. SA's are responsible for creating scopes of work and task lists for various types of projects in support of these solutions. Specific tasks include creation of bills of material for Data Center networking, compute, storage, virtualization, and cloud services from various vendors such as Cisco, VMware, Dell EMC, NetApp, Nutanix, Veeam, Amazon, and Microsoft. The SA should have the ability to develop consulting opportunities and engagements, including pricing of engineering services and development of statements of work. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the above listed manufacturers and specifically around product sets to include: Cisco Nexus switches, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), Cisco Unified Compute Systems (UCS), Cisco MDS storage switches, VMware vSphere, VMware vRealize Suite, VMware vSAN, VMware NSX, NetApp FAS and AFF systems, Dell EMC XtremIO and Unity systems, Nutanix NX series appliances, Veeam Suite, AWS, Microsoft O365 and Azure solutions.
Candidates will need to demonstrate a high level of design experience, with various solutions, products, and technologies listed above. The SA should be highly motivated, excited about learning new products and technologies, and able to effectively communicate ensuring superior customer service and maintaining a strong customer relationship.
Key Responsibilities
Meet with customers and collect customer requirements
Work with Account Manager/Sales Team to develop customer relationships and solutions
Create high-level solution designs/architectures and present to customers
Create customer facing presentations
Create bills of material and solution configurations
Build scopes of services and professional services pricing
Write statements of work
Collaborate with various internal teams to form solutions
Respond to RFPs
Work with subcontractors to identify and scope various services
Required Skills:
Must have demonstrable Data Center solution design experience. Experience in deployment, administration, configuration, or integration of Data Center solutions is an advantage. Experience working as a consultant and with a Cisco, VMware, Dell EMC, NetApp, Amazon, or Microsoft partner is desirable. Candidates should have a strong knowledge of various Data Center technologies and products including a combination of the following skills:
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience and/or military experience
5-7 years of information technology implementation experience; 3 years in a consulting role
CCNP, CCDP, or VMware VCP required; CCIE preferred
Data Center Routing and Switching
Software Defined Networking (SDN)
Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)
Hyper-convergence
Converged Infrastructure
Backup and Recovery
Cloud services
Automation and Orchestration
Desired Technical Skills
Data Center networking design, configuration, and deployment in an enterprise environment
Software defined networking (ACI or NSX) deployment in a lab environment
VMware vSphere design, configuration, and deployment in an enterprise environment
Hyperconverged (Nutanix or vSAN) design and configuration in a proof of concept/lab environment
Converged (FlexPod, FlashStack, or vBlock) design and configuration in a proof of concept/lab
Understanding of cloud orchestration technologies (vRA, UCSD, etc.)
Understanding of automation technologies (vRA, Scripting, Puppet, Chef, Ansible, etc.)
Understanding of AWS, Microsoft O365, and Azure Cloud services a plus
Presidio, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/ VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for this position regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, citizenship, ethnicity, veteran status, marital status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state and local statutes, regulations and ordinances.
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RECRUITMENT AGENCIES PLEASE NOTE: Presidio has a strict PSL in place and will only accept applications from agencies/business partners that have been invited to work on this role through the Presidio portal. Candidate Resumes/CV's not submitted through the Presidio portal or submitted directly to Hiring Managers will be considered unsolicited and will be treated as gifts and no fee will be payable. Thank you for your cooperation.
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