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Come join us over here at Backblaze, we're neat! Our approach is guided by honesty, transparency, and a commitment to doing the right thing. If you share the same values and see a position below that excites you, we want to hear from you!

Network Engineer

Department: Technical Operations
Location: San Mateo, CA

About Backblaze

Backblaze originated in a founder’s one-bedroom apartment where five people committed to helping people save their data. Backblaze provides backup and cloud storage that’s astonishingly easy to use and inexpensive. Our customers use our services so they can pursue dreams like curing cancer (genome mapping is data intensive), archiving the work of some of the greatest artists on the planet (learn more about how Austin City Limits uses B2), or simply sleeping well at night (anyone that’s spilled a cup of coffee on a laptop knows the relief that comes with complete, secure backups). We are entrusted with almost an exabyte of data from customers in more than 150 countries. We exited 2019 growing quickly and cash flow positive, and we’ve done all this with just $3M of funding.

We’ve managed to nurture a team oriented culture with amazingly low turnover. Our approach is guided by honesty, transparency, and a commitment to doing the right thing for our customers and coworkers. Our customers are happy, and so are our coworkers: In the most recent “Great Place to Work” survey, 99% of our team rated Backblaze as “a great place to work.” Check out what our employees are saying on Glassdoor!

But while there is a lot to celebrate in our past, there is almost as much opportunity ahead of us. We are seeking a Network Engineer.

This position will be based out of our headquarters in San Mateo, California. We are conveniently located near CalTrain, and Highways 280 and 101. We also offer a flexible schedule so employees can work remotely when necessary.

We’re looking for someone who enjoys solving difficult problems, running down elusive tech gremlins, and improving our environment one server at a time. If you enjoy being stretched, learning new skills, and want to look forward to seeing your co-workers every day, then we want you!

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Support the routine daily activity of the production environment
  • Specialize in the general equipment, deployment, configuration and maintenance, monitoring and troubleshooting of L2/L3 network systems within the backend operations, and across the various data center sites (switches, VPNs, IP address spaces, etc)
  • Assist in planning, designing, and implementing a scalable network solutions to handle year over year growth
  • Help manage and maintain operational monitoring and infrastructure services (DNS, Zabbix, ElastiFlow(sflow), Prometheus, Netdata, Grafana, etc)
  • Write, design, maintain and support operational Documentation and scripts
  • Understand environment thoroughly enough to help administer/debug any system in operations
  • Participate in the 24×7 on-call pager rotation and respond to alerts as needed
  • Collaborate, and work to implement a wide variety of operations projects as time permits.
  • Help train operations staff as needed
  • Schedule can include weekends, early daytime and late evening shifts, and holidays
  • Travel occasionally to the Corporate Office and other Backblaze data centers including international as necessary.

What You Should Have:

  • 5+ years of work as a Network Engineer .
  • Expert knowledge of network design, protocols (BGP, OSPF, IPsec, WireGuard, etc.), and security best practices.
  • Thorough understanding of modern cloud services and data center infrastructure.
  • Excellent problem solving, investigative, and troubleshooting skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Local enough to commute to San Mateo office.

Bonus Points:

  • Experience working at a technology/software startup.
  • Familiarity with configuration management and automation software (Ansible preferred).
  • Experience with IPAM and CMDB systems.
  • Exposure to other self-hosted cloud infrastructures.
  • Python and BASH scripting skills.

Backblaze Perks:

  • 100% healthcare for family
  • Competitive compensation and 401k
  • Full-time employees receive option grants
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • MacBook Pro to use for work plus a generous stipend to personalize your workstation
  • Fully stocked micro kitchens and strong coffee
  • Childcare bonus (human children only)
  • Generous skills training policy to continue your professional development
  • Culture that supports healthy work-life balance

At Backblaze, we value being fair and good to our customers, partners, and employees. That’s why diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of our values. We are committed to fostering a workforce where all employees feel a sense of belonging regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, socioeconomic status, ability, veteran status, and education. We believe that our dedication to cultivating a diverse workspace not only allows us to better serve our customers in over 175 countries, but further reinforces our commitment to doing the right thing. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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