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Solutions Architect - Data Center (AL/MS/LA) in Metairie, LA at Presidio, Inc.

Date Posted: 3/22/2019

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Job Description

Presidio is a leading North American IT solutions provider focused on Digital Infrastructure, Cloud and Security solutions to create agile, secure infrastructure platforms for middle-market customers. We deliver this technology expertise through a full life cycle model of professional, managed, and support services including strategy, consulting, implementation and design. By taking the time to deeply understand how our clients define success, we help them harness technology advances, simplify IT complexity and optimize their environments today while enabling future applications, user experiences, and revenue models. As of June 30, 2018, we serve approximately 8,000 middle-market, large, and government organizations across a diverse range of industries. Approximately 2,900 Presidio professionals, including more than 1,600 technical engineers, are based in 60+ offices across the United States in a unique, local delivery model combined with the national scale of a $2.8 billion dollar industry leader. We are passionate about driving results for our clients and delivering the highest quality of service in the industry. Presidio is majority owned by affiliates of investment funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE:APO).

As a Solutions Architect and a member of the Pre Sales Engineering Team, you will be responsible for meeting with Presidio’s customers, collecting requirements for data center solutions relating to cloud services, storage, servers, VMWare, Microsoft and developing engineering solutions for sale to Presidio customers.

A successful Solutions Architect should be able to present and explain various data center technologies to customers, guide them through requirements gathering, and formulate a solution consisting of hardware, software, licensing, and engineering services. SAs are responsible for creating scopes of work and task lists for various types of projects in support of these solutions. Specific tasks include creation of Bill of Materials for an ecosystem of data center partners to include Dell/EMC, Netapp, VMWare, Cisco, Pure, HP/Nimble, Nutanix, Microsoft/Azure and AWS.

You will also need to be well versed in Cloud solutions such that they can lead conversations with our clients about aaS solutions such as Azure, AWS, VCloud, and Presidio’s own cloud services. Knowledge of application concepts such as containers, DevOps, security, and related application concepts is desirable.

You will need to demonstrate a high level of design experience, implementation experience with the various datacenter and cloud products and technologies is a plus, be highly motivated, passionate about learning new products and technologies, and able to effectively communicate ensuring superior customer service and maintaining a strong customer relationship.

Essential Functions:


The essential responsibilities of the Datacenter Solutions Architect are to work directly with customers and account managers in pre-sales situations, and to work effectively across functions with other Presidio employees in Sales, Marketing, Proposals, and Project Management areas. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Meet with Customers and Collect Customer Requirements
  • Work with Account Manager/Sales Team to develop customer relationship and solutions and assist in overall sales process
  • Create high-level solution designs/architecture and present to customers
  • Create Customer facing Presentations
  • Lead customer architecture conversations
  • Create Bill of Materials & configurations for solutions
  • Build Scope of Services and Professional Service Pricing
  • Write Statements of Work

Minimum Requirements and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and/or military experience
  • 6-10 years experience designing and implementing complex Data Center solutions
  • Relevant EMC, Netapp, VMWare, Microsoft, or Cisco Certifications are highly preferred.
  • Must have demonstrable design experience with experience in deployment, administration, configuration, or integration, being an advantage.
  • Experience working as a consultant, and with Cisco partners is desirable.
  • Candidates should have a strong knowledge of various datacenter technologies and products such as the following:

EMC Abilities:

  • VNX/VNX2/Unity/XtremIO
  • MyQuotes & EMC tools such as SPCollect and performance tools
  • VxRail

Other Desired Product Knowledge:

  • Nutanix
  • Cisco UCS / Hyperflex
  • Pure
  • Netapp
  • Nimble
  • Microsoft O365, Azure
  • VMWare
  • Citrix

Datacenter Abilities:

  • Fibre Channel switching (MDS, Nexus, Brocade)
  • Experience with VMware virtual environments desired.
  • Ethernet switching as it pertains to IP storage
  • Experience and familiarity with Cloud services, providers, products
  • Virtualization concepts, business benefits, ROI models
  • VMware including use of CapPlanner
  • Be able to size storage for a particular application

Network Protocols:

  • A general understanding of Layer 3 Routing Protocols is considered to be a plus
  • Layer 2 - EtherChannel/802.1q/VLAN/STP/ /OTV
  • SAN Protocols such as FC, iSCSI, NFS


  • Knowledge of Server and Storage Virtualization technology is required.
  • Experience with data backup and business continuance and disaster recovery solutions desired.
  • Application DevOps
  • Cloud services, IaaS/PaaS/SaaS 
  • Experience which demonstrates a significant level of expertise in Storage, Cloud, and Virtualization technologies


Presidio, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/ VEVRAA Federal Contractor.  All qualified candidates will receive consideration for this position regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, citizenship, ethnicity, veteran status, marital status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state and local statutes, regulations and ordinances.

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RECRUITMENT AGENCIES PLEASE NOTE: Presidio has a strict PSL in place and will only accept applications from agencies/business partners that have been invited to work on this role through the Presidio portal.  Candidate Resumes/CV's not submitted through the Presidio portal or submitted directly to Hiring Managers will be considered unsolicited and will be treated as gifts and no fee will be payable. Thank you for your cooperation.




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