Like OpenStack & NetApp? Need a job?

Hi folks,

It’s been forever (in internet years) since I posted anything. For that, I apologize, but it’s been for a good reason. I’ve been buried in the awesomeness that is OpenStack. The problem is that there is only 1 of me and there really needs to be 3 or 4 of me.

This is where you come in and say, “hey, I’ve been working w/ OpenStack for 2+ years, and I’d like to have a voice in the future of OpenStack!”.

If this sounds like you, then check out this job requisition. Technical Marketing Engineer for OpenStack. At NetApp. Don’t let the “marketing” part of the title scare you away, it just means that you will share what you know, what you learn, and what you engineer with others. It doesn’t mean you have to come up with fluffy descriptions of technical things that makes you want to puke unicorns and rainbows. You’ll get to keep your hands dirty in the technology, then you’ll write a technical report or blog post or present at a trade show. Rinse, repeat.

And if you know OpenStack and related technologies, but don’t know NetApp, it’s ok, we’ll teach you. It’s awesome.

I’ve been doing this for almost 4 years now and I love it. Favorite. Job. Ever. And NetApp is a great company to work for..

The job post is for Research Triangle Park (RTP, between Raliegh and Durham) or Austin. But if you’re the right person and you live in the San Fran Bay area, you could make your case.

So there you have it.. the reason for my radio silence and a job opening.. it’s a 2 for 1 blog post!!

Captain KVM

2 thoughts on “Like OpenStack & NetApp? Need a job?”

  1. Hi Captin,

    I’m an avid user of RHEV and NetApp and wondered if you had any other pointers for getting into the Openstack world or more generally Virtualization as a career. I currently work as a Linux Contractor, but I’m really keen on RHEV/Openstack environments, especially the design and implementation of them and want to know how I can move from the Linux space into the Virtualization area.


    1. Hi Dan,

      Thanks for stopping by and posting some questions. The single biggest thing that you can do is network. Linux user groups are a great way to start. If you don’t have any near you, the start looking for the RHEV, oVirt, KVM, and OpenStack communities on IRC. Getting involved with ‘birds of a feather’ will help. Also keep an eye out for any of the conferences. I’m not sure where you’re located but, networking at LinuxCon, Red Hat Summit, or OpenStack Summit are great venues. The next OpenStack Summit will be in Atlanta in May. These obviously cost money, so that will likely be a gating factor for you, unless you can convince your employer. So back to the IRC chats… strike up conversations, ask questions, etc. If you run into a problem, post a question on the IRC.. if no one else has run into it, open a bug against the issue. or ask how you can get more involved. All of these types of things raise your profile.

      I wouldn’t hang out for a week and then pester folks for a job, but at some point, you can and should. Or maybe someone online simply asks if there is anyone that knows “X”, “Y”, and “Z” for a job opening.

      The fact that you’re already a Linux contractor is a good start. Find projects that challenge your skills and force you to learn new things. Keep an ear out for upcoming projects and think about whether something like RHEV would be a great fit.. offer to create a design and deployment strategy.. While all of this is going on, keep track of all of the new skills and projects that you’ve picked up, as they belong on your resume. Keep track of the bugs that you’ve opened. Some of them are going to come back to you as a configuration issue on your side, but some will be valid bugs. Offer to help recreate the bug in your environment with someone else’s patch..

      Set up a home lab if you haven’t already. I hate to sound like your grandpa (I’m not that old, really) when I say, “back when I was trying to learn new stuff.. But I will.. Back when I was trying to learn new things, you essentially had to have separate computers for different things and that was very expensive.. Now, with all of the virtualization options out there, you’re home lab could simply be your home system plus a couple of new hard drives and more memory. From there, install oVirt or RHEV or RHEL+KVM or Fedora+KVM. Create new VMs and start doing different things. Create scripts that automate the things you don’t like doing over and over..

      Finally, take a look at your current employment situation. Look for challenges (like the projects suggestion earlier). Figure out what you think you can learn from in the next 6 to 12 months.. even if it’s with a different group. If you’re going to have the same day in a year as you are right now, then perhaps it’s time to look for the next challenge. Be ready to explain to your interviewers why they should give you a chance.

      I’ve had a few jobs/roles that I barely qualified for (or maybe didn’t quite qualify for) that I got hired for anyway because I convinced them to give me a chance. “I work hard, I love to learn new things, and I’m not afraid of change.” If you’re in a good environment, with good co-workers, and a good boss, then maybe it’s worth hanging out for a while. But don’t be complacent if it’s “good, but I’m not learning anything new”.

      And if you do end up leaving for a new opportunity, leave on good terms. Be a professional, regardless of how much you liked or didn’t like the place. People remember, and it’s not uncommon to run into the same folks again. People remember when you handle things like a professional and when you handle things like a jerk.

      good luck & hope this helps,

      Captain KVM

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