Linux System Administrator

About Colovore

Colovore is changing the Bay Area retail colocation and data center marketplace. We specialize in supporting the deployments of Artificial Intelligence, High Performance Computing (HPC), Big Data, and private and hybrid cloud infrastructure, and we are growing rapidly by providing the most footprint-efficient and cost-effective solution in Bay Area colocation. With two data centers and 18 MW of power, unrivalled power densities of 50 kW per cabinet, a modern liquid cooling system, and a management team with decades of IT infrastructure management we are growing fast!

Come join our emerging company and play a critical role as we continue our strong growth and build our second data center in Santa Clara. You can be a game-changer at Colovore.

The Position

Our closely-knit and highly-skilled IT Operations team needs to fill a position with great growth opportunities. There are three primary responsibilities:

1) Configure and manage the company’s IT systems that support our network, server and facilities infrastructure. Colovore is a 90% Linux environment with extensive use of open-source virtualization and IAAS deployment systems. We currently manage over 100 virtual machines for our internal systems. Python is our scripting language standard.

Your role will include the use and creation of the scalable backend automation tools that these systems require.

2) Provide day to day technical assistance to our colocation and managed IT services customers who will be using similar systems themselves.

3) Support the backend systems and software codebase of our python-based customer portal as part of the team.

This is an IT-focused, but not a traditional IT-only role. Through on the job training, you will also be expected to support and learn the usage, configuration and backup of our facility management software systems. You will gain an understanding of our electrical and mechanical systems with an aim to doing basic troubleshooting and simple vendor management and follow-up.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Required Technical Skills

3-5 years of up to date experience working in systems administrator or devops roles. Knowledge of the following is necessary:

  • Linux systems administration and troubleshooting (Windows a plus)
  • Experience with KVM or Xen virtualization on Linux hosts– we are not a VMware shop
  • Experience with systems deployments using Cobbler, Puppet or Chef
  • Using version control systems such as (but not necessarily limited to) git, phabricator, gitolite and SVN
  • Open source monitoring, graphing and logging solutions like Nagios, Cacti, MRTG, and syslog
  • Configuring BIND DNS, Apache, Linux clustering, Postfix and Sendmail
  • Coding in one or more of the following languages: Python, Perl, or BASH. You will need to convert your coding knowledge to support python
  • Basic configuration and troubleshooting of Cisco networking equipment (VLANs, access lists, connectivity)
  • Troubleshooting tools (i.e tcpdump, netstat, iostat, traceroute)

Desirable Technical Skills

  • Experience with iptables or other firewall solutions
  • BGP, OSPF routing
  • Simple management of database platforms like MySQL

Other Desirable Attributes

  • Ability to participate in rotating pager/ on-call duty for critical systems and customer support
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, for team and customer interaction plus internal systems documentation
  • Excellent teamwork skills, flexibility, and the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Strong time management skills and an appreciation for being part of a fast-paced startup environment
  • Ability to pick up new concepts in a rapidly growing and evolving business. For example, a proven willingness to quickly learn the desirable technical skills above


Either of the following:

  • Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, or other related disciplines
  • Current Linux and/or Cisco certification


Compensation will be determined based on experience level and fit, and will consist of a base salary and bonus incentive program. We believe in rewarding outstanding performance with outstanding compensation.


To apply, please submit your resume to

Do NOT apply if you are not currently based in the Bay Area or unable to work onsite each day.