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Title:VMware Engineer
Location:Columbia, SC
Type:Contract to Hire

Position: Senior VMware Engineer

Client: State of South Carolina 

Location: Columbia, SC

Rate: $65/hr W-2, C2C-Yes

Duration: 12 months



VMWARE ENGINEER. EXPERTS ONLY. This job is 75% hands on, 25% R&D


Need a contractor that demonstrates an expert knowledge of designing, implementing

and support of VMWARE solutions. This individual will need to work with various

application and infrastructure groups to understand requirements for each area of

the organization. Design documentation will need to be produced documenting final

deployment details along with support procedures as needed. Architectural technical

and documentation skills are equally important for this position.


General duties include effectively researching, prototyping, and provide guidance

leading to solutions with our strategic direction initiatives, that includes but is

not limited to monitoring system infrastructure and security and assisting in

supporting disaster recover/failover scenarios.


Provide implementation and maintenance support on the network and networked systems.

Team member that ensures the stability and integrity of network, data and server

services through monitoring, maintenance, support, and optimization of all server

and infrastructure systems. This individual has 24/7 on-call responsibilities shared

with the group.




- Troubleshoot and recommend technical solution.

- Develop workaround solutions as appropriate.

- Monitor and assess current systems and recommend hardware and software enhancements

- Act as technical resource for other IT analysts and business units by resolving

complex computer equipment and systems problems

- Diagnose and resolve problems related to hardware, software, or operator error,

and resolve or repair

- Escalate complex problems to other groups, Help Desk, or vendors for resolution or

for support under maintenance agreements; oversee vendor work

- Install, configure, test, monitor, and maintain system and application hardware,

software, and peripherals for users; install and configure servers in collaboration

with WAN group

- Perform equipment and software upgrades

- Lead and execute small projects

- Maintain familiarity with current computer and network products

- Adhere to corporate information security guidelines and promote information

security among coworkers

- Qualified candidate will be responsible performing root cause analysis/resolution.

- Performs other duties and special projects as assigned.



- At least 8 years experience in Information Technology.

- VCP certification required, or five years equivalent experience in VMWARE

- Proven experience resolving problems in enterprise environments with known issues

on both the SAN and Vmware front.

- Knowledge of Virtual Machine operation, strengths, and weaknesses.

- Experience with VMware ESX administration

- Creating architectural documentation for VMware and SAN improvements based on

industry best practices.

- Capacity planning based on technical analysis research

- Up to date expert level knowledge on various Vmware infrastructure product lines

(Desktop virtualization, SQL virtualization)

- Experience in monitoring infrastructure systems for Windows environments

- Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills a must.

- Able to conduct research into infrastructure issues and products as required.

- Leading effective team meetings

- Ability to present ideas in user-friendly language.

- Highly self motivated and directed, with keen attention to detail.

- Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities.

- Experienced hardware troubleshooting.

- Able to effectively prioritize tasks in a high-pressure environment.

- Strong customer service orientation.

- Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.



Highly Preferred

- Experience within a NIST and/or PCI environment.

- Experience and working knowledge of backup products and methodologies.

- Experience with Change Management

- Ability to craft proactive and automated scripts and tools

- Support of web-based applications for internal (intranet) sites and external

(Internet) sites.

- Hands-on technical knowledge of network and server operating systems

- Working technical knowledge of current network hardware, protocols, and Internet

standards, including TCP/IP, and DNS, DHCP.

- Experience in developing and maintaining documentation for policies, procedures,

and best practices.

- HANDS ON experience analyzing, designing, DOCUMENTING, and deploying large scale

virtualization and SAN environments

- Experience designing 99.9% uptime environments (HA and DR experience required)

- Experience designing and supporting EMC storage, including but not limited to EMC

NS-480, VNX 5700, and VMAX storage lines.

- Experience designing backup strategies for large scale organizations based on best


- Experience with backup tools like AVAMAR



- Knowledge of software development lifecycles and migrations from different

environments, such as development, production, etc...

- Expert on Windows Server 2008/2012

- Expert with Active Directory administration

- Experience with firewalls, web filters

- Experience with Projects operating under PMI methodology

- BA, PM, QA certifications & experience

- Advanced in Windows Server 2008, 2012, Active Directory administration.



- Current industry certifications for Microsoft, Security, VMware, Brocade, Cisco

- EMC certified (Information Storage and Management "EMCISA" and Backup/Recovery

"EMCBA" minimum) or five years equivalent experience


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