Data Center Solutions Architect - 3532


This position will be splitting time between our Virginia Beach and Richmond offices. Our Sales team has an immediate need for a Pre-Sales Data Center Solutions Architect with 5+ years of experience architecting and/or implementing virtualized server and storage environments.  The right candidate will have knowledge of server, storage, power, virtualization software and some networking, as well as operating systems and applications commonly deployed in typical SMB or Enterprise Data Centers.


Support Account Managers with Pre-Sales assistance on designs of server, storage and virtualization solutions, as well as expand skills into general networking.  Backup, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance knowledge and design capability is a plus.


Candidate must possess superior verbal and written communication skills and be able to effectively collaborate with ESI’s primary vendors, account management team and clients to develop roadmaps and guidance for functional Data Center architecture, design and implementation


  • Review existing networks, AD and Exchange environments in the context of Best practices
  • Conceptualize and create designs that acknowledge both technical and budgetary phasing
  • Implementation task sequence creation writing skills with Visio diagraming
  • Create solution set Bill of Materials and associated Implementation overviews
  • Understand Active Directory design and troubleshooting, implementation monitoring and support for an enterprise environment is desired

Typical technologies that the Pre-Sales Data Center Solutions Architect candidate will encounter:

  • Microsoft Technologies:
    • Windows Server 2008R2, 2012, 2016
      • Active Directory
      • Group Policies
      • Print Servers
      • PowerShell
    • Exchange 2007, 2010, 2013
    • Office 365
    • SCCM
    • WSUS
    • Hyper V


  • Other Application types:
    • VMware – ESXi, VSphere
    • Symantec Backup Exec
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection
    • Veeam Backup
    • AppAssure
    • Cloud (Azure) and Co-Location technologies
    • Quick learn to grasping LOB applications and working with vendors 
  • Hardware Devices:
    • HP, Dell or Cisco Servers (blade or rack)
    • HP MSA and 3PAR storage
    • Dell Compellent Storage
    • Nutanix, SimpliVity or Cisco Hyper-Converged systems
    • Cisco, HP or Brocade Networking
    • UPS and Power – APC, Liebert or Emerson


MSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.