Senior Software Defined Networking (SDN) Engineer

Engineering - San Jose San Jose, California Req.Num.: 3138

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SDN Engineer

Nutanix engineers use distributed systems to solve datacenter infrastructure problems, to offer consumers the same scalability and economics that cloud infrastructure providers enjoy with commodity hardware. We began by building a distributed storage service with enterprise-grade features and consumer-grade user interface. Building on the same foundation, we created a distributed VM management service, and maintain our own distribution of KVM. After virtualizing storage and compute, we started focusing on the remaining frontier: networking. We've introduced a few features in this area, and now we want to expand the team and take on the next set of challenges.

We’re looking for senior engineers that know how to build scalable distributed solutions, and keep them up and running by managing complexity and fault domains. Ideally, candidates should have experience with both developing and deploying SDN management and control plane software. Experience or familiarity with relevant open source projects in this area (e.g., Neutron, OVN, OVS, Quagga, Snabb, &c.) would be very helpful. We are also highly interested in candidates that have expertise in routing protocols and VPN technology.



  • Design, develop, and deploy a cloud-scale SDN solution.
  • Work on complex distributed systems.
  • Collaborate with a small team of developers, test engineers, and product management.
  • Evaluate and improve performance, scalability, and resilience.
  • Engage with customers and support to solve production issues.


Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of software engineering experience in the networking/SDN domain
  • Fluency in C and Python.
  • Extremely strong systems programming and design skills.
  • Solid understanding of fundamental network protocols.
  • Experience with network troubleshooting and telemetry tools.
  • Familiarity with virtualization platforms, particularly qemu/KVM.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience building distributed systems and highly-available services.
  • Experience developing and deploying SDN solutions at scale.
  • Experience developing and deploying VPN solutions.
  • Familiarity with tunneling protocols (VXLAN, GRE, Geneve).
  • Familiarity with routing protocols (BGP, OSPF, ISIS, MPLS).
  • Familiarity or involvement with open source SDN projects.

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