Systems Engineer at The Walt Disney Company (Greater LA Area)

| Greater LA Area | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: $93,398-$125,290 Annually
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Walt Disney Animation Studios' world-class filmmakers, artists and technical wizards collaborate to create the magic of animation. Bring your unique talents, passion and ideas to our team and prepare to play in a creative environment.
Film production at Walt Disney Animation Studios requires complex systems and infrastructure to support artist workflows, large data sets, high performance computing for intensive applications and much more. The Data Center Services team provides and supports critical technology infrastructure for the studio, including our onsite and co-located data centers, critical server technology, storage systems, and data backup systems. The team is made up of engineers and other technical roles that specialize in enterprise infrastructure.
The Systems Engineer will assist with efforts on the Data Center team to design, implement and administer complex systems in the Studio's data center & related areas. This includes physical and virtual server environments, enterprise storage & computer systems, large scale backup & archive systems and other enterprise systems that provide foundational services and infrastructure for the Studio.
The Systems Engineer will collaborate with other engineers and support staff to address challenges, plan/lead projects throughout the year, and identify long-term technical goals.
Servers & VMs• Work with the team to design and maintain necessary server infrastructure for the studio's various applications. Investigate best in class server hardware. • Help to maintain annual installation, replacement and support budget and schedule.• Partner with other tech teams to implement and support VM environments. Maintain a support and upgrade budget and schedule for all systems.
Data Center• Assist in efforts to plan and execute installation projects, including large replacements/expansions of equipment.• Work with the team to schedule and perform necessary maintenance, upgrades and troubleshooting of all systems. Allow for a flexible work schedule to accommodate disruptive maintenance events.• Help to create & maintain runbooks of all relevant processes and protocols• Help to build and manage monitoring systems for relevant technologies, including storage systems, server health & status and physical infrastructure
Data Storage• Help with managing and maintenance of storage systems to support various applications• Partner with other tech teams and production leadership to implement and support large scale production storage systems
Data Backups, Archive, Disaster Recovery• Assist with the management of the studio's data backup processes. This includes design of new systems & processes based on the Studio's needs, and improving existing systems.• Help to maintain a thorough disaster recovery program that includes regular tests
General• Help to create an annual budget for technology purchases relating to the Data Center. This includes equipment recapitalization, integration of new, or expansion of existing technologies, maintenance, etc.• Work with hardware vendors to evaluate new technologies.
Required Qualifications:• Minimum 5 years experience in enterprise data center engineering & administration.• Familiar with common scale-out/high performance storage systems, such as Isilon, Qumulo, NetApp or Vast.• Advanced knowledge of design and administration of virtual computing environments, such as VMware, RHEV, Kubernetes, Docker, etc.• Advanced knowledge of design and administration of common backup/archival technologies, products and principles such as NetBackup and Bareos, Quantum, LTO.• Advanced knowledge of fiber channel.• Strong knowledge of Linux, deep experience with common Linux environment administration (Red Hat, etc.• Familiarity with co-location environments.
Preferred Qualifications:• Experience with film production, CG Animation, Visual Effects, or Video Game production environments.• Familiarity with Mac / Windows administration.• Strong understanding of computer room design, installation, configuration, troubleshooting, monitoring, and security procedures.• Familiarity of the physical data center environment, including HVAC, electrical and other systems• Understanding of major cloud platforms including AWS, GCP and Azure.• Familiarity with network technology and communication principles.• Proficiency with common scripting languages, i.e. Python, Perl, JavaScript or similar
Preferred Education:• Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related Information Technology/Computer Systems field, or equivalent work experience
The hiring range for this position in California is $93,398.00-$125,290.00 per year, which factors in various geographic regions. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate's geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.
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