Network Engineer ( R-00065542 )
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The EHRM Data Migration Network Engineer will provide network technical support in the area of connectivity, interoperability with the various computer platforms. Routers and switches must be installed, configured, secured, backed up, tuned and monitored daily. The customer requires an extremely high degree of availability for all systems. Network support shall require troubleshooting to a wide range of individuals including customers, end users, programmers and analysts, Database Administrators, and other System and Network Administrators.
WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING:
The Network Engineer plans, supports and evaluates existing network systems and make recommendations for resources required to maintain and/or expand service levels. This resource will provide technical assistance in network planning, engineering and architecture. Also provides and develops technical standards and interface applications; identifies and evaluates new products; provide solutions for network problems. Interfaces with internal/external customers and vendors to determine system needs. Plans and incorporates how new network resources and applications will exist on the network. Provide monthly metrics for network availability and bandwidth usage as well as other metrics as requested. Responsible for network capacity planning. Use network management tools to discover, map and maintain the network. Responsible for network equipment OS and version upgrades. Responsible for conducting research of new technologies and implementation strategies. Monitor and maintain network interfaces to insure its highest level of performance and makes modifications and enhancements as needed. Responsible for documenting procedures and keeping network diagrams and related material up to date. Handle escalated user problems, questions, and request on network issues. Work with other groups within IS to resolve network related issues as needed. Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Design, build, implement, and maintain VX130 network infrastructure as well as connectivity among data centers. These tasks shall be performed in an environment characterized by Cisco enterprise class switches and routers including Cisco 6500’s, s, s, 4500’s, 3900’s, Cisco Integrated Sonet Router (ISR), Cisco Aggregation Services Router (ASR), Cisco Nexus, Cisco Virtual Application Container Services (VACS) and Cisco 6500 Virtual Switching System (VSS). The environment numbers approximately eight firewalls 500-600 switches, and 20-30 routers
Perform Network Operating System upgrades on all network devices
Design, deploy, configure, administer and maintain network redundancy designs
Recommend strategic direction and execution path for our networks, tools, and Contractors, must be pre-approved by the customer
Identify and document design/architecture best practices for ITOPS/IO adoption
Lead technical design/architecture reviews of applicable VX130 instances
Design Network Implementation Plans for Layer 2/3 that include Spanning Tree, virtual local area networks (VLANs), Virtual Port Channels (VPCs), Port Channels, redundant connectivity to ISPs, complex routing/switching infrastructure, extranet connectivity, data center design, and Wide Area Network (WAN) integration. These tasks, will be performed in an environment that includes network interfaces using a variety of network data link technologies such as wired Ethernet, enterprise Wi-Fi and serial interfaces/leased TELCOM connections using Frame Relay, VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), and High-Level Data Link Control (HDLC). Routing protocols used in SDE EO networks include Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Routing Information Protocol (RIP) internal routing protocols, and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
Implement networks per the Network Implementation Plans
Design, deploy, configure, and maintain multicast networks. Multicast protocols used in SDE EO include Protocol-Independent Multicast (PIM) dense and sparse mode, Cisco Group Management Protocol (CGMP), Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP), Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD), Bootstrap Router (BSR) protocol
Design, deploy, configure, and maintain site-to-site and client-based Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), configure Internet Protocol Security (IPsec), and design, deploy, configure and maintain Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) tunnels
Design Network Protection Plans to include firewall perimeters. These tasks, will be performed in environment characterized by, Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM), Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewalls, Cisco Virtual Security gateways and Checkpoint firewalls
Deploy, administer, configure, update, and maintain firewall perimeters
Expand network capabilities through bandwidth optimization, effective transport protocols application, and Quality of Service (QOS) designs to accommodate circuit-voice, Voice over IP (VoIP), web, video conferencing, and unified messaging
Participate in support activities such as Disaster Recovery, data replication, infrastructure support activities such as documentation, assist in developing architectural diagrams, and troubleshoot performance issues
Provide technical support to VX130 and VA sponsored initiatives. Support shall include development of schedules and plans, communication of progress to management in both verbal and written formats, identification of barriers, and identification and evaluation of alternatives
WHAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED-REQUIRED SKILLS:
Requires BS degree and 2 - 4 years of prior relevant experience or Masters with less than 2 years of prior relevant experience
Cisco WAN/LAN Routing Protocols
Proficient with Cisco OTV (Overlay Transport Protocol), Cisco Firewalls, and Switching Technologies
Data Center Experience With The Cisco Nexus 7k, 5k, 2k, Systems and Mellanox Technologies Is Mandatory
Monitor, maintain, and support a multi-tenant 24/7 enterprise datacenter network comprised of 2x Cisco Nexus L3 switches, 4x Cisco Nexus L2 switches, 52x Mellanox switches, 2x Fortinet Firewalls, 2x Palo Alto Firewalls, and 2x F5 Big-IP load balancers.
Monitor all network devices and interfaces daily utilizing tools such as Solarwinds, NetBrain, and Mellanox NEO
Configure new network equipment and modifying current configurations as needed. Network devices include the following:
Cisco Nexus 5548 L3 switches
Cisco Nexus 5596 L2 switches
Mellanox SN2700 distribution switches
Mellanox SN2100 top of rack switches
Mellanox/HPE SH2200 Synergy chassis switches
Mellanox/HPE SX1018HP HP C7000 chassis switches
Design, configure and implement load balancing requests on our F5 i5800 BIG-IP Load Balancers
Configure, implement, and maintain a pair of Fortinet Fortigate 1500D firewalls that are being phased out for a new pair of Palo Alto 5260 NextGen firewalls.
Provide technical assistance in network planning, design, engineering, and architecture
Evaluate and implement new products, provides solutions to network problems, and conducts research of new tools, equipment, technologies, and implementation strategies
Responsible for network device firmware and software upgrades
Provides VA VX130 leadership with a weekly network report displaying the key performance metrics for VX130 data transfers between the Austin Information Technology Center (AITC) and Cerner in Kansas City, Missouri.
Develop and maintain all documentation including inventory, configurations, Runbooks/SOPs, and network diagrams.
Assist other VX130 teams (such as system administrators, developers, and analysts) to troubleshoot and resolve connectivity issues, answer network related questions, and coordinate scheduled maintenance
Coordinate with VA enterprise network engineers (WAN, BPE, firewall) to assist in troubleshooting connectivity issues, answer questions, and provide information on the WAN network between AITC and Cerner
Communicate and coordinate with Cerner EHRM personnel as needed to ensure continuity of VX130 operations
HOW TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD-DESIRED SKILLS:
VA Public Trust with current PIV