Are you ready to be a System Admin at Oxygen Cloud?

As you know I joined Oxygen Cloud a few months back as Senior System Admin and now as we grow we need more in the Operations team as we get ready to launch our new secret project.

If you have a passion to work at a fast moving company, understand the unique demand of supporting a fully automated scalable backend then you are the person for this job!

Go ahead and submit your resume to me zuhaib.siddique oxygencloud.com . You can read the full description of the job here: http://www.oxygencloud.com/careers

A Systems Administrator position here at Oxygen encompasses much, much more than just maintaining some Linux servers. You will be given the the opportunity to work with the latest technologies and tools in order to overcome the real-world challenges that accompany the ambitious goal of bringing Oxygen to the masses. We are looking for very smart, very dedicated individuals that like nothing more than to get their hands dirty addressing scaling, performance, and availability challenges across a vast cloud infrastructure. Passion, skill, and a whole lot of Geek Cred are the attributes we are looking for here. Does 90% of your home electric bill come from powering dozens of gadgets and several Linux boxes? Does your idea of a “fun night” involve opening your wireless access up to your bandwidth stealing neighbors, so that you can invert all of their web content? Do you find that your most common thought on a daily basis is “I’ll just write a script for that”? If so, then we want to talk to you. Role/Responsibilities: Manage the day-to-day operations of Oxygen’s infrastructure to ensure smooth 24×7 operation Work closely with Engineering to ensure proper and timely deployment of software to staging and production environments. Use cutting edge methods and technology to identify and solve problems related to performance, scalability, reliability, and availability Develop, implement, and continually improve upon best practice processes and procedures Skills/Experience: 2-4 years of hard core system administration or technical operations experience Very strong knowledge of Linux system administration practices and troubleshooting. Strong passion for Cloud storage and Cloud computing technologies Experience with Apache, Tomcat, MySQL, and cloud services infrastructures Ability to troubleshoot errors and proactively identify issues Demonstrated ability to generate and maintain technical documentation Bonus Skills: Understanding of MySQL performance characteristics and scaling options Knowledge of systems architecture design and implementation Knowledge of configuration management and automation (Chef, Puppet, etc.) Experience with the following tech: Nginx, Ruby, Python, LDAP/AD, DNS/BIND, SSO, SMTP, NFS, Beanstalk, Memcached, SSL Requirements for applying: Tell us what interests you about this position Tell us about a project that you have significantly contributed to and are very proud of E-mail the above and your resume in PDF format to jobs@oxygencloud.com

Backing up and Restoring your MySQL RDS Instance (and other Cloud DBs)

As more and more things move to the “cloud” as a Sys Admin you might find your self tasked with managing a Database that you don’t have shell access too. That has been the case for me with my last two jobs, Laughing Squid and now as Senior Sys Admin at Oxygen Cloud. With Oxygen we needed to backup some AWS RDS Instances and wanted to do it using a server on EC2 so we don’t have the bottle next of our local internet. This same method works with Rackspace Cloud Sites which I used at Laughing Squid. Its use a little known (could not find it easily with a google search) trick with mysqldump

mysqldump -P <port#> -h <server ip>-u mysql_user -p database_name table_name > backup.sql

To restore your DB in the cloud you use a more well-known mysql technique

mysql -u mysql_user -p -h <server ip> cloud_db_name < backup.sql

U.S. Jets Step Up Attacks on Gadhafi’s Troops | Danger Room | Wired.com

The escalation has gone hand-in-hand with an Americanization of the conflict. Over the past 24 hours, coalition aircraft have flown 175 sorties over Libya, with U.S. pilots flying 113 of those missions. By contrast, on Monday, Odyssey Dawn flew fewer than 80 sorties, with “well over half” of them coming from non-U.S. planes, according to Gen. Carter Ham. Lesson: when the fighting gets serious, U.S. pilots are the ones you call.

via U.S. Jets Step Up Attacks on Gadhafi’s Troops | Danger Room | Wired.com.