Building a team

Several friends have asked me exactly what I’m up to, and the simplest way I know to explain is to post the following job description for the team I’m putting together:

One of the hottest topics right now is “Cloud computing”: the transformation of IT infrastructure, applications frameworks, and business solutions into virtualized, dynamic, pay-as-you-go services. Now Huawei Technologies, a leading provider of wireless and fiber-optic telephony and networking systems, is poised to apply these important ideas to the area of telecommunications. We’re building a distributed team in Santa Clara, California, and Shenzhen, China, to deliver Virtual Data Center solutions to the world’s carriers. [This announcement is specific to the Santa Clara team; if you’re interested in joining the Shenzhen team, please see your local Huawei office.]

The Huawei Virtual Data Center team in Santa Clara is looking for a few senior engineers to provide technical leadership for key elements of this program. Their job titles will probably include terms like “senior staff”, “principal”, “distinguished”, or “fellow”. And while they will have diverse experience and backgrounds, they will have deep knowledge of at least one of the following areas:

  • Scalable storage services, including distributed file systems, distributed object stores, content delivery systems, non-traditional data base designs, data encryption, and physical storage lifecycle management.
  • Security, governance and compliance, including federated identity services with delegation, public key infrastructure, and role-based access control at the API and UI level.
  • Large-scale systems and network management, including policy-based management, virtualization, managing geographically distributed resources for continuous availability and demand-driven consumption, logging and data reduction, and configuration and version management.

We will also hire a number of hands-on technical staff to support each of these domain experts. Each specialist group will work with their counterparts in Shenzhen, as well as with technology partners and Huawei customers worldwide. They will collaborate with product marketing and business teams on product definition and evolution, and will represent Huawei in selected standards activities. But we’re not looking for people who can only produce specifications and slideware. The Santa Clara groups will undertake advanced development and research into critical technologies, and are expected to generate patentable and publication-worthy innovations.

This is a great opportunity to join one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world. The team will be based in the Huawei offices in Santa Clara; we are not planning to include remote or work-from-home members. Some team members will be expected to spend at least 8 weeks each year on business travel to China and elsewhere. Knowledge of Chinese, while desirable, is not required, but excellent communications skills are essential.

And that, in a nutshell, is what I’m up to.

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