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Microsoft Corporation Principal Storage Hardware Architect in Boston, Massachusetts

This position is for a lead datacenter storage architect in the Azure Hardware Architecture organization. The successful candidate will be responsible for pathfinding, architectural innovation, and analysis of datacenter storage architectures, working closely with the Azure Storage business and other architects in the Azure Hardware Architecture organization. The work includes architectural design, driving alignment with other teams in Microsoft, and collaborating closely with other architects focused on future datacenter designs. This is a technical role that starts as an individual contributor but may lead to a technical management role with team growth.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Explore, analyze,andarchitectsystem-level storage solutions for cloud datacenters, considering cost, performance, scalability, reliability, and security

  • Partnerwith Azure Storage business tounderstand their issues,requirements,andbusiness models

  • Work closely with other architects to understand and optimize interactions ofstorage with networking, packaging/power/cooling,security,and datacenter management and operations

  • Incubateandprototypenewhardwaretechnologiesto demonstrate viability of new system architectures

  • Collaborate with various partner teams in Microsoft (Azure cloud services, MicrosoftResearch, OS/Hyper-V software,hardware design, etc.) to ensure end-to-end software-hardware solutions

  • Participatein industry standardsbodiesas neededto driveemergingtechnologies relevant for systemstoragearchitectures

  • Engage with Azure’s supplier ecosystemonengineering collaborations thatdeliver on the above charter


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • BSinComputer Scienceor Computer Engineeringor equivalent experience(MS or PhD desirable)

  • 10yearsminimum (15+ preferred)of experienceincomputer architectureor engineeringresearch and development, with demonstrated track record ofsuccess

  • Deep knowledge ofstorage media,storage systemarchitecture, andstorage softwarestacks.

  • Experience with SSD controllers and/or SSD firmware

  • Skilled in partnering and influencing computer architects, hardware design engineers and executives

  • Comfortable collaborating across a diverse set of teams,both within Microsoft andin external organizations

  • Experience leading and driving complex projectswith respect and integrity including thosewith multiple workstreams spanning different business and technical disciplines

  • Strong intellectual curiosity and a passion about learning and deploying new technologies

  • Superiorproblem-solvingskills, analytical capabilities, and attention to detail

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong background in computer and systems architecture,with thorough understanding of system software (OS, Drivers, Firmware) anditsinteraction with the hardware platform

Microsoft is a highly innovative company that collaborates across disciplines to produce cutting edge cloud technology that changes our world. The Azure Hardware Architecture (AHA) team in Microsoft is responsible for delivering server infrastructure for Microsoft’s online services. The hardware for operating these numerous services, comprises of hundreds of thousands of servers spread globally, and applications that reach hundreds of millions of users every day. Our customer-base is growing rapidly, our infrastructure investments are multiplying, and the size of our global infrastructure is increasing by the day - along with the scale of our challenges. Learn more about our team and projects here Azure Hardware Infrastructure


Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form ( .

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