Senior Linux Engineer

Senior Linux Engineer



Do you enjoy working with cutting edge open source technology? Would you like access to an amazing range of technologies and various hardware (Dell, HP and Cisco)? Are you passionate about Linux software and looking to develop your skills further? Would you like the opportunity to work for the most successful cloud and hosting provider in the UK? If so, we may have a place for you at UKFast!

UKFast is one of the UK’s leading cloud, managed hosting and colocation providers, supplying dedicated server hosting, critical application hosting, and cloud hosting solutions. We fully-own, manage and operate our carbon and carrier-neutral data centre complex, which offers over 30,000sq ft of enterprise-grade facilities for collocating your IT equipment.

Over the past two decades, UKFast has grown from a start up to a multi-million pound business. Dedicated to continuous innovation and providing world-class solutions, we transform our customers businesses by using cutting-edge technology combined with incredible connectivity and award winning customer service and support.

What’s the role all about?

Working at UKFast you’ll have the opportunity to work with some of the internet’s most exciting businesses on a day to day basis. We're primarily a RHEL/CentOS shop, but we also mix it up a bit with some Debian, both bare metal and VMware. Outside of the office we're known to be arch, Gentoo and RasPi fans, and we provide resources for a couple of very popular open source projects. 

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What will my responsibilities be?

  • We are primarily about ensuring clients get a good service
  • Helping to engineer high availability in solutions, through applying specific tuning, load testing and even full DR platforms – whether it is for a simple web cluster or complex multi-datacentre solutions
  • Responsible for maintaining and progressing our own infrastructure. We use Python, Perl and even some Go for good measure. 

What skills do I need to have?

  • Core web technologies (apache, nginx, haproxy, varnish)
  • Database servers (MySQL and its forks including Galera)
  • High availability (Heartbeat, Pacemaker, Red Hat Cluster Suite)
  • VMWare or Hyper-V
  • Red Hat certification is desirable

Who are our partners?

  • UKFast are on the board of advisors for Intel, Citrix and VMWare - We are asked to contribute to how the products develop.
  • VMWare Premier Cloud Provider partner - Launch partner for VMWare’s Project Pacific
  • Global beta testers for HPE and their 3Par arrays – Launch partner for their latest arrays.  
  • Microsoft Gold partner
  • Red Hat Advanced business partner
  • LPI Approved Training Partner
  • Cisco Master Service Provider


What benefits do we offer?

  • Birthdays off as an extra paid holiday
  • A Tax paid bonuses of £1000 after 5 years, and an amazing £10,000 after 10 years with the team
  • Private BUPA healthcare cover after a years’ service
  • Full paid maternity leave for first 16 weeks and full paid paternity leave for 2 weeks after two years' service.
  • Award-winning training and education centre with four full-time teachers to help you obtain accreditations, develop and learn.
  • An extra week’s holiday the year you get married.

What’s available at our amazing UKFast campus?

  • Pearson Vue test centre, sit your exams (Microsoft, RHEL,VMWare, Cisco, LPIC) and qualify in the comfort of our campus.
  • On-site gym with daily boot camp and Yoga classes.
  • Sports clubs such as running, football and netball
  • Free kettlebell, pyramid, spinning classes and circuit training
  • Games zone with arcade games and retro consoles.
  • Free fresh fruit delivered to the office
  • A bar - free drinks on a Friday to end the week
  • Crèche on site – somewhere to play when your kids come to visit
  • Bring your dogs to work every day
  • Free onsite parking
  • Onsite restaurant and café 
  • A giant slide for when the stairs won’t cut it
  • Table tennis and pool tables          
  • Quiet zones and sleeping pods
  • Team building experiences
  • Regular quiz nights and LAN parties
  • Family days out and cinema nights
  • Volunteer days to help support our community and charity partners
  • UKFast has an active and engaged LGBTQ+ community with group events and educational sessions arranged regularly
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