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Principal Architect - Rackspace Private Cloud

Principal Architect - Rackspace Private Cloud

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Job Overview

Overview & Responsibilities

As part of the Rackspace Private Cloud (RPC), you provide technical leadership and solutions to support our vision: To become the preferred brand for consuming complex open source infrastructure, as-a-Service, delivering industry-leading simplicity, efficiency, and reliability.


In this position, you will be involved in Engineering work where you’ll collaborate with various internal innovators on researching and architect end-to-end use cases for evaluation. You’ll also stand up, debug, and document agreed-to solutions in our lab. You may end up evaluating solutions while the component offerings will still be under development by their respective engineering teams. After the offerings are released, you will develop detailed reference architectures for these solutions for use by our field teams, partners, and customers to help them stand up solutions for their specific needs. This role is primarily meant for a senior person with deep, technical, practical expertise in Openstack’s and Rackspace's portfolio of solutions, but candidates with demonstrated equivalent experience and ability to learn quickly will also be considered.




    • Evaluate and gain consensus from senior leaders on solutions prior to developing detailed reference architectures for the studied solutions
    • Stand up customer use case-driven solutions involving integration with partner offerings as necessary
    • Work with technical and business leaders to identify high-value solutions and associated customer-oriented, end-to-end use cases in physical and cloud configurations
    • Perform systems architecture work in order to guide corporate technical strategy to best implement these solutions
    • Develop reference architectures after the release of our offerings, including implementation, installation, and configuration guides, migration guides, interoperability guides, and performance and scalability characterizations that help the design, installation, and optimization of selected end-to-end use cases
    • Collaborate with other Rackspace teams and partners to complement the work done
    • Define and carry out all aspects of a project with minimal supervision
    • Provide guidance, direction, and support for other team members


The ideal candidate will have the following:

    • BS/MS in Computer Science or equivalent experience.
    • 10+ years of experience in designing and writing cutting edge software and/or providing cutting edge solutions
    • Worked with several technologies and across multiple paradigms.
    • Experience developing and deploying applications at scale and multi-tenanted.
    • Experience with multiple cloud computing technologies.
    • Excellent written and verbal skills.
    • Experience with RedHat technologies with special interest in OpenShift