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Hardware Buyer and Data Center Support

at richrelevance in San Francisco, CA   —   Apr 18, 2014   |  
Overview
This is a weird and unique title because RichRelevance is looking for a unique (and potentially slightly weird) candidate.

The perfect candidate eats, dreams and loves hardware. Tom’s Hardware and Anandtech aren’t just websites to you—it’s a community and a lifestyle. The differences between Xeon E5520, Opteron 2435, and Xeon E5410 CPUs aren’t simply differences of nomenclature and Ghz, but in features, capabilities and power efficiency. Harpertown, Nehalem, and Westmere aren’t just funny sounding terms but are past, present and future.

When you get a new [server, laptop, memory stick, processor, DVD player, navigation system] you don’t go to sleep until you understand every nook and cranny of its feature set and user interface. Saturday means visits to Fry’s—not to buy (they’re pretty expensive after all), but at the very least to look around.

Do you dream of moving data objects like the Star Trek Transporter? In milliseconds it arrives intact and ready – So do we!

Do you want your systems to live through Armageddon and still be thoughtful, rich and relevant?

Then read on….

About RichRelevance:
RichRelevance provides real-time analytical services (i.e., product recommendations, content targeting) for large retailers like Walmart, Sears, Bass Pro, Overstock, etc.

We've got a crack team of technologists and the challenges we're tackling are pretty exciting—and we’re tackling them in new and innovative ways—we even were recognized with CIO Magazine/Intel's 2009 award for most innovative infrastructure.

RichRelevance is led by veterans from Amazon, Overstock, eBay, MySpace, and ATG, who collectively have more than 30 years of experience in personalization, online commerce, data analysis and web products.

We’re privately held and backed by premier investors. Our office is in SF Financial district & we're about 60 people...
Responsibilities
Key Responsibilities:
Optimize the total-cost-of ownership equation of RichRelevance’s various datacenter locations
Measure true power utilization of various types of hardware
Measure performance in the key performance indicators of our various applications—everything from high-speed web servers to our Hadoop cluster
Determine cost-savings by putting different applications in different geographic areas
Negotiate vendor relationships
There are a billion out there—find the right mix of price, service, consistency and responsiveness to meet our needs.
Own data center requirements and negotiations.
Stay on top of hardware trends
As emerging technology shows its head, be 4 steps ahead of the competition. Our infrastructure is one of our key differentiators.
Build performance tests and KPI’s for all various applications
Measuring performance of hardware is intricately tied with what one uses to measure this. Capturing just the right metrics which describe our current application profiles, yet allow us to scale appropriately will be key.
Experienced in capacity planning, disaster recovery and business continuity programs
Test different new technologies in various applications
Be it testing SSD-RAID configurations to see if that can help one particular application or using NAS-SAN technology to solve a shared, high-availability storage problem—be brave, be open-minded and be ready to test and (sometimes) fail
Experience
Qualifications:
An undying passion for hardware combined with a deep knowledge of the ins-and-outs of the state of the art
A sense of perfectionism which drives comprehensive and conclusive analysis
(Of course this has to be balanced by business needs, but that’s always the case…)
Raw smarts
Mathematical capabilities: The optimization of hardware across different applications is a complex, multi-faceted problem, and will require spending a bit of time analyzing spreadsheets and various cost measures: from bandwidth (throughput or transfer) to power (peak amperage or metered), each of the different vendors will have a different cost equation.
Compiling and present results in a digestible and usable format to IT peers and to management in support of budgeting.
Education
- No high school, college or degree otherwise will help get this job
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