[nclug-jobs] Oracle/Sun - SW Developer - Python, Unix Admin, Unix Internals - Broomfield, CO

Lorise Best lorise.best at oracle.com
Thu Aug 1 16:36:56 MDT 2013

Direct Hire with Oracle/Sun - SW Developer - OS, Python, Unix OS Administration, Unix Internals - Santa Clara CA or Broomfield CO 


The Oracle Solaris Deployment Team is focused on delivering innovative deployment and system configuration technology for the Solaris Operating System, including automating installation/upgrade and enhancing the experience of system administration/management tasks, life-cycle management tools, and tools needed to construct deployment images.

This highly integrated and geographically distributed team delivers technology critical to customers, especially in the era of cloud computing where quick turn-key and hassle-free deployment is key to the infrastructure. The team collaborates with the broader Solaris organization and Oracle's customers to deliver best of breed software life-cycle management features and technology.


Our mission in the Oracle Solaris OS deployment and system management team is to ensure customers a "wow" experience from the moment they look to deploy the Oracle Solaris OS. Our code is the first piece of software to get executed when a customer first receives media or downloads the product from Oracle. In addition to that, our core OS technologies and deployment tools are responsible for the success story of many data center deployment aspects including scalable mass deployment and system configuration, lifecycle management, as well as automation surrounding Solaris OS, and Solaris based Cloud deployments. As part of this team, you will be responsible for the design and implementation of the core technology that is the engine and infrastructure for enterprise OS deployment & management for the Oracle Solaris OS as well as a wide array of related OS configuration and management tools that come out of the division.

This is a non-trivial task for a number of reasons. One being that the Solaris OS is a large, complex software product with many configurable features, as well as being a general purpose compute platform. Our job is to develop technology that simplifies the end-to-end task of deploying and configuring of an otherwise complex enterprise system, and that deeply integrates that system with the management, monitoring, analytics and administrative tools developed internally by Solaris, Oracle, and others.

The recent release of Oracle Solaris 11, the first Cloud OS, is an example of our hard work at redefining user experience during deployment, configuration, and life-cycle management of the system. As part of that release our group introduced a number of new technologies, all written in Python from the ground up:

Automated Install (AI) technology for the scalable fully automated Enterprise deployment, and configuration of Solaris and Solaris Virtualization (Zones) leveraging the OS's new core packaging system Image Packaging System (IPS).
Solaris Boot Environments, which are implemented using ZFS technology providing administrators with a fool-proof mechanism to easily and liberally snapshot software & configuration state in the system. Fully integrated with IPS, they provide a seamless mechanism for software upgrade with an easy way to recover (or fall back) should anything go wrong.
The new System Configuration facility provides a tremendously improved and powerful system configuration and unconfiguration mechanism leveraging the Service Management Framework (SMF) for core OS configuration.
The Distribution Constructor (DC) tool enables customers to create and redistribute their own OS images that are tailored and customized to their deployment and data center needs.

Our main goal is to deliver an easy-to-deploy, and comprehensively manageable OS which can be cloned and/or migrated from one system to another quickly, securely, and systematically without degrading software performance and credibility. Innovation in the different functional areas above is key to unlocking this capability, which can then be leveraged in the enterprise cloud environment.

Ideal Candidates
We are looking for intelligent, motivated engineers with solid programming skills, who above all have a desire to learn new and disparate technologies across Solaris core OS, and who may not be tied to a particular programming area or language.  Over the past years, our projects have been written in Python, C and Java, with some scripting in Perl and shell for infrastructure support.  Well-rounded individuals who are intellectually curious about a wide array of topics should apply.  Fundamentally, we believe that having a diverse team with a number of different backgrounds and interests will allow us to creatively find real solutions to our large set of real world problems.

- Self-motivated and driven problem solvers who likes working with OS and Python
- BS in CS or equivalent. Master is a plus.
- Python.
- C/C++.
- UNIX OS administration knowledge.
- UNIX internals system knowledge (Solaris is a plus).
- XML/UML and schema design knowledge and experience.
- Java.
- Ability to work with geographically distributed team that develops technology critical to the release and customers.
- Ability to work across Solaris OS teams (ZFS, Packaging, SMF, Networking, etc.).
- Willingness to learn new and disparate technologies to evaluate their impact on and interactions with install and deployment technologies.
- PASSION to build and deliver world-class products in a fast-paced and multi-task environment.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Local Candidates Only Please.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume directly to lorise.best at oracle.com with IRC2110122 in the subject line. 

Thank you, 

As part of Oracle's employment process candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment screening process, prior to an offer being made. This will involve identity and employment verification, salary verification, professional references, education verification and professional qualifications and memberships (if applicable). 

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