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Principal Platform Architect


This is a Full-time position in Redmond, WA posted December 6, 2021.

The Azure Platform Architecture team is at the forefront of technology and system design, leading the way for the next generation of systems.

Our mission is to architect the most cost-effective and performant solutions that power Azure.

Creating the platforms that power one of the largest hardware deployments on earth requires deep technical knowledge and partnership across many teams.

We are looking for a Platform Architect with experience in Storage and/or GPU systems to join our team.

This individual will act as the subject matter expert for a solution vertical, helping articulate and define our next generation hardware platforms.

This requires working across multiple domains including electrical, mechanical, thermal, performance, and serviceability to find the right solution.

Microsoft Cloud Hardware Infrastructure Engineering (CHIE) is the team behind Microsoft’s expanding Cloud Infrastructure and responsible for powering Microsoft’s “Intelligent Cloud” mission.

CHIE delivers the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for Microsoft’s over 200 online businesses including Bing, MSN, Office 365, Xbox Live, Skype, OneDrive and the Microsoft Azure platform globally with our server and data center infrastructure, security and compliance, operations, globalization, and manageability solutions.

Our focus is on smart growth, high efficiency, and delivering a trusted experience to customers and partners worldwide and we are looking for passionate, high energy engineers to help achieve that mission.

As Microsoft’s cloud business continues to grow the ability to deploy new offerings and HW infrastructure on time, in high volume with high quality and lowest cost is of paramount importance.

Come join this exciting and growing team through our monumental evolution of cloud hardware at Azure and Microsoft!
Redmond, WA preferred but flexible for remote options.

#azurehwjobs #OCP2021 Responsibilities

  • Lead the hardware architecture for next-generation platforms, balancing the requirements for the business with available technologies and design capabilities
  • Distill and articulate architectural tradeoffs encompassing electrical, mechanical, and thermal inputs in terms of key metrics such as cost, risk, performance, and schedule
  • Partner with the engineering groups and planning organizations to understand how the solution space is evolving over time, and drive architectures and platform designs that can scale multiple generations
  • Drive and influence technology providers and design partners towards optimal components and solutions to meet the future requirements for Azure
  • Partner within the industry and standards bodies to creates standards and form factors key to next generation solutions.
  • Create architecture specifications for both platforms and key design components
  • Collaborate with the hardware development team to ensure seamless transition from architecture to implementation

Qualifications Required Qualifications:

  • B.S.

    Degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering or equivalent experience

  • 10+ years of computer/server/storage design.
  • Demonstrated expertise in storage and/or GPU platform design
  • PCBA design experience including schematic, layout, routing, and stackup analysis
  • Ability to analyze architecture solutions from a full TCO perspective including but not limited to COGS, CAPEX, Power, other system cost constraints
  • Strong communication skills to influence and partner across many facets of the Azure hardware and engineering teams

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Hyperscale experience in storage or GPU designs
  • Platform level architectural expertise highly desired

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 .

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role.

These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud Background Check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

More Information on Microsoft

Microsoft operates in the Software industry.

The company is located in Redmond, WA.

Microsoft was founded in 1975.

It has 206870 total employees.

It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance.

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