Senior Storage Systems Engineer

    • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Irvine, CA
  • Posted 60+ days ago | Updated 5 hours ago


On Site
USD 101,000.00 - 186,754.00 per year
Full Time


Google Cloud
Data storage
Open source
Systems engineering
Computer networking
Commodity computing
Systems analysis/design
Capacity management
Software design
Disaster recovery
Solution delivery
Operating systems
Amazon S3
Scripting language
Configuration Management
Fiber channel
Computer science
Certification and accreditation
Cloud computing
Computer hardware
Command-line interface
High availability
Data centers
Debian Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Intellectual property
Server Message Block
EMC Isilon
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
Value engineering
Health care

Job Details

Job Description:

Blizzard is actively seeking a full time Senior Storage Systems Engineer to join our Infrastructure Engineering team in Irvine, CA. Your focus will be to build and support Linux-based open source infrastructure which reliably stores and protects the data that powers all of Blizzard's online games. You are comfortable working in all aspects of systems engineering and administration with a focus on storage: IP networking, scale out open source storage technologies, and strong linux/server administration. While supporting our existing storage infrastructure you will help evolve our team to be a storage service provider for our private cloud environment. Our environment is diverse with a mix of traditional storage and software defined; but in this role you will be focused on supporting scale-out storage systems providing block and object services for Blizzard's private cloud. As such, you'll need advanced Linux skills to install, maintain and configure storage software running on commodity server hardware while being extremely comfortable using a CLI.

If you would like to join us on our journey to becoming an extraordinary service provider, read on to find out exactly what kind of engineer we are looking for. We would love to hear from you!


  • Provide analysis, design and direction regarding storage performance and capacity management services of our software defined storage environments
  • Compare and contrast multiple storage solutions in detailed proof of concept tests to identify superior solutions
  • Design robust storage and backup solutions to meet demanding organizational and application specific SLAs including, but not limited to, HA, RTO/RPO, offsite requirements and disaster recovery to Blizzard owned datacenters or public cloud providers.
  • Lead and coordinate the engineering phases of storage solution delivery including planning, design, buildout, testing, procurement, and transition to operational support
  • Streamline and automate existing storage administrative processes, improve reliability, and reduce the cost per gigabyte across multiple storage platforms
  • Undertake complex projects requiring specialized knowledge of storage technologies, services, and applications
  • Data informed approach. Use comprehensive data and metrics collection on performance and reliability aspects of the systems you were responsible for. You will do most of the heavily lifting for this yourself (writing scripts, calling APIs, etc) instead of relying on a vendor-provided solution
  • Engage customers (private cloud teams, game teams, SRE) to understand their challenges and collaborate to solve them in creative ways.


  • Minimum 5+ years of experience supporting software defined storage environments with high I/O and throughput production workloads.
  • Implement and support scale out block storage (PowerFlexOS, Ceph, LightBits, etc) as well as contributing to design and planning.
  • Design, implement, and support deployments of large web scale object storage technologies (Swift, Ceph, Scality, etc)
  • Minimum 5+ years of experience working on HPE,Dell, Cisco, or Supermicro servers and large direct-attached storage using linux operating systems as the base OS.
  • A deep understanding of Linux systems, in the context of storage, as well as general system tuning and administration with Ubuntu/Debian, CentOS/Rocky/RHEL.
  • Minimum 5+ years of experience working in and supporting large scale Linux environments.
  • Comprehensive understanding of how storage on a network works, and how to correct network problems to provide high I/O and reliability.
  • Ability to perform basic network troubleshooting and administrative tasks in a primarily Cisco environment.
  • Working understanding and ability to support a variety of file,object, block network storage protocols over IP including S3,Swift, NFS, SMB, iSCSI.
  • Able to automate tasks using a scripting language such as Python (preferred), Bash, Ruby or through configuration management like Puppet or Ansible.
  • Ability to influence colleagues, clearly and concisely explain complex problems, and enjoy collaborating with peers and customers.


  • Experience working with file storage technologies at a large scale (Isilon, NetApp, Qumulo, etc)
  • Experience working with traditional block storage technologies (XtremeIO, Pure) and fiber channel (Cisco, Brocade)


  • Experience with OpenStack Swift concepts and fundamentals
  • Proficiency with popular orchestration and configuration management systems like Puppet, Ansible, and Terraform
  • Kubernetes leveraging persistent volumes on wired storage
  • Experience with services from public cloud providers like AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform in hybrid storage environments-some data on-premises, some data in public cloud (S3, GCS, Glacier, etc.)
  • BS in Computer Science or related IT field
  • A passion for making Blizzard games the best in the world!

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

Accommodation Request: We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to . General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

Our World

At Blizzard Entertainment, we pour our hearts and souls into everything we create. Best known for iconic video game universes including Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, and StarCraft, we've been creating genre-defining games for millions of players around the world for more than 30 years. We're on a quest: bring our dreams to life and craft the most epic entertainment experiences...ever. Hard work, iteration and polish go into the Blizzard "secret recipe," but the most important ingredients come from talented people who share our vision. If that sounds like you, join us.

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.


We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for 'Every World' - we've got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company. You can learn more by visiting .

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $101,000.00 - $186,754.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role's range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.