Job Description :
any visa/tax term

*Cloud Architect with Windows, Active Directory*

*Location: Palo Alto CA*

*Duration: 6 months CTH *

5+ years of experience/ 8+ preferred

Need to have strong AD/Windows experience. Disregard the Linux requirement
Powershell a big plus

Team size 7-10, close-knit group, wear multiple hats

Design new systems in cloud, design data center


The Cloud Architect will advocate and define cloud architecture vision from
a strategic perspective by having broad and deep responsibilities in the
adoption of Cloud computing. This role will demonstrate forward thinking
leadership around where the organization is going and how technology can
support these efforts. The Cloud Architect is responsible for leading the
creation and implementation of a technology framework and providing
technical leadership in support of Stanford s initiatives in cloud
computing and automation, with a focus on the design of systems and
services that run on cloud platforms. The Cloud Architect will be
responsible cloud deployment governance, security auditing, best practices,
and technology evolution.


- Act as the conceptual source SME for cloud end-to-end architecture
solutions involving innovative system design, including AWS and future
providers, networking, provisioning, and management
- Design, develop, install, configure, administer, and maintain highly
scalable available elastic solutions that implement industry best practices
using cloud service providers such as AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, etc.
- Provide support and technical governance, expertise related to cloud
architectures, deployment, and operations
- Drive scope definition, requirements analysis, functional and
technical design, capacity planning and management, application build,
product configuration, unit testing, and production deployment
- Troubleshoot highly complex problems for which the analysis and
resolution require extensive knowledge of many diverse system components
- Provide technical expertise and ownership in the diagnosis and
resolution of an issue, including the determination and provision of
workaround solution or escalation to service owners
- Design highly secure systems that meet or exceed Stanford s security
- Develop a library of deployable and documented cloud design patterns,
based on the Stanford application portfolio, as a basis for deploying
services to cloud
- Develop solutions architecture and evaluate architectural alternatives
for private, public, and hybrid cloud models, including IaaS, PaaS, and
other cloud services
- Enhances, evangelizes, and contributes to DevOps development
principles, activities and complex development tasks (infrastructure as
code, continuous integration and delivery, and designing for failure)
- Ensure critical applications are designed and optimized for high
availability and disaster recovery
- Develop long range technology plans.
- Provide project management, coordination and programming for IT
projects having significant impact.
- Provide leadership and IT solutions for complex problems involving the
cloud portfolio.
- Identify applicable new technologies through research, collaboration
with peers, and participation in standards organizations, industry groups,
panels, etc.

*Education & Experience:*

Bachelor''s degree and ten years of increasingly technical work experience
or a combination of education and relevant experience. At least eight
years of relevant work experience spanning at least two IT disciplines,
including technical architecture, network management, application
development, middleware, database management or operations is preferred.

*Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:*

- Deep understanding of cloud architecture and implementation features
(OS, mult-tenancy, virtualization, orchestration, elastic scalability)
- Demonstrated knowledge of DevOps tool chains and processes (Git,
Jenkins, Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Salt, and Cloudformation)
- Demonstrated knowledge of Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS systems
- Experience in designing HA, DR, Backup and retention architectures on
cloud platforms
- Experience deploying Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud
public cloud infrastructures and a deep understanding of existing AWS
technologies including experience covering cloud security, network, cloud
integration, active directory, SSO, compute, storage, database, monitoring,
cloud tools, and other AWS services
- Experience with SaaS and PaaS platforms (ServiceNow, SalesForce, etc
- Experience with one or more programming languages (Ruby, Python, Perl,
Javascript, Golang)
- Experience in the design, development, and deployment of large
heterogeneous distributed systems and environments
- Deep understanding of computer networking and networking support
services, especially with virtual and cloud environments
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment and lead
cross-functional teams.
- Advanced knowledge of security trends and best practices.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, with ability to
communicate complex technical issues to non-technical users.
- Demonstrated experience with Agile development methodologies is