Software Engineer II

The world is moving to cloud computing. Microsoft is betting Microsoft Azure as our cloud computing platform. Important steps have already been taken to automate and virtualize storage and computing through software, increasing agility, asset utilization, and automated management, while shifting to scale-out, secure, and low-cost infrastructure. The challenge now is to develop the software to automate and virtualize the network, and to achieve corresponding gains.

The Azure Networking team continues to innovate across the stack, pushing new scale and features into the cloud and desktop platforms while transforming our infrastructure to meet the growing needs of the 200-plus Microsoft online services, including Bing, MSN, Office 365, Xbox Live, Skype, OneDrive and several hundred thousand customers using Azure to host and run their Cloud Services in over 100 datacenters, running millions of servers and edge computing nodes all over the world. Our teams work on the breadth of networking offerings (Networking hardware, optical and IP networks that span subsea, terrestrial and metro fiber, Hybrid services enabling VPN and MPLS connectivity from customers? on premise network to our cloud, Edge services enabling optimized peering and routing, SDN products to enable customers to run their on-premise services in the cloud with Vnet, Load Balancer, Security Groups and Services, Application Gateways, Virtual Appliances to easily mimic on-premise architectures, and DNS services to reach and traffic manage services.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) enables customers to realize and control the network they desire for their workload in the cloud. This includes traditional enterprise network functions like ACLs, firewalls, load balancers, IPS/IDS, DoS protection, that customers want to realize in the network for their VMs in the cloud. All these need to be delivered on a shared, very high speed but low-complexity physical network based on merchant silicon. And that is where the software comes in - all these can be realized and delivered in software by building a virtual network on top of physical network, using the virtualized host as the scale-out engine for all our policy, allowing the underlying physical network to be cheap and extremely fast. Creating a new, software controlled virtualized network, optimized for the cloud, represents a once-in-ten-years technological shift. The entire industry is realizing the SDN vision and jumping into it.

This is an exciting opportunity to be front and center of the two key disruptions happening: cloud and SDN. Come and be part of the code Windows Azure team responsible for building the Network Virtual Functions like software load balancer for Windows Azure.

We seek candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

• Distributed systems; directories; network control plane
• Programmable networking security rules
• Fault and performance monitoring
• Reliable, high quality software development
• Software integration
• Windows internals (networking stack and other OS components)
• Traffic and performance monitoring.

The successful candidate will have:

• Experience working in a networking and distributed systems environment
• Experience in software development is a must have
• Solid Design and Dev skills
• Demonstrated & innovative solutions to complex problems
• Experience with performance optimization of code
• Experience shipping products or services
• Passion and drive for profound impact
• BS or MS or PhD degree in Computer Science, or equivalent experiences

Basic Qualifications:

2+ years of software development experience


Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings:

Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

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