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Systems & Network Administrator
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I am the Senior Systems & Network Administrator and manage the KMi Systems team.

Working under the KMi Senior Technology Officer, I am responsible for the architecture and implementation of server-side lab and associated project requirements which are hosted in KMi and managed by the KMi Systems team.

My team and I oversee KMi's server and systems infrastructure, including management of the department's VMware ESXi estate, the physical server estate (including multiple, enterprise hardware vendors and components), it's storage (management via a virtualised fibre SAN), network topology & associated security, backup and server / application monitoring.

I oversee the management of each server's OS and application-level services hosted at KMi. These include Linux (primarily Red Hat and Ubuntu) and Windows Server editions. I am responsible for the managed services that my team delivers the KMi lab, including areas of the application architecture (i.e. web, database, file and computational services). We also support KMi's "Big Data" Cloudera cluster, providing a HDFS enabled cluster and enabling the lab to use many mainstream analytical engines and computational services for their project requirements.

My role spans many projects that KMi supports, including OU Podcasts / iTunesU, CORE, OUAnalyse, Data Science and MK:Smart in addition to many others, all of which utilise various technologies to achieve their bespoke requirements.

Team: David Castledine, Julian Gilbert




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Senior Research Fellow

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
£49,772 to £55,998
Based in Milton Keynes
Permanent position

The post is intended to strengthen the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) international research reputation and in particular we are interested in candidates who can pursue a robust...


Knowledge Media Institute
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

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