The data storage market is growing rapidly, led by transitions to hybrid cloud and multicloud environments. Analysts expect the market to grow by $1.14 billion over the next four years. And as the market grows, so do opportunities for data storage specialists.
The line between hardware and software companies has blurred substantially, with many storage companies providing a range of products and services in each area.
Below are 10 of the major data storage solution providers that are filling software-oriented positions:
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1. Dell Technologies
Formed in 2015 through Dell Technologies’ acquisition of the market leader EMC, Dell EMC is the leading provider of data storage hardware solutions worldwide. However, Dell also has a significant cloud storage business with its APEX Multi-Cloud Data Services and VMware Cloud offerings as well as a comprehensive suite of data analytics in its CloudIQ and DataIQ platforms.
Dell currently has more than 400 storage software-related job openings in the United States alone, including:
- Principal VMware and storage technologist
- Unstructured/object storage evangelist
- Senior software engineer, virtual storage appliance team
- Product specialist, storage platform solutions
- Storage software principal engineer, front end, mid-range Next Generation
In addition to a wide range of financial and health benefits (i.e., 401(k), pension plan with matching, charitable gift matching, health savings and flexible spending accounts, mental health benefits), Dell provides many benefits to support work/life balance. These include Dell’s Connected Workplace program, which allows employees to choose their work environment (on-site, remote, or hybrid), and family-oriented benefits, such as fertility and adoption assistance and maternity/paternity leave.
2. Hewlett Packard Enterprise
HPE’s business lines fall into six primary areas (cloud, compute, storage, networking, software, and services), with storage accounting for around 20% of all sales. In addition to HPE’s innovative storage-as-a-service line (HPE GreenLake), HPE focuses on simplifying IT and storage needs with its cloud-native infrastructure line (HP Alletra) and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) resources.
HPE currently has nearly 500 job openings across the globe related to storage, in both technical and sales capacities, with around 150 in the United States. Among the available positions are:
- Advanced software engineer, data services
- Senior front-end developer, data management framework
- Cloud application developer, storage networking
- Primera storage system/software engineer
- Data and business intelligence (BI) analyst, storage and data infrastructure support
- Big data support specialist
HPE’s benefits package focuses on wellness and support for both existing and retired employees. HPE offers six months of parental leave along with parental transition support. HPE also provides extended unpaid leave options and a career reboot plan for employees that need extended absences. In addition, a retirement transition program and retiree health care are available for employees at the end of their careers.
3. Pure Storage
Pure Storage focuses on cloud storage solutions and storage-as-a-service offerings. Pure’s products include the all-flash NVMe FlashArray line; FlashBlade for unified, unstructured storage; and Pure 1 AIOps cloud management.
Pure Storage has a range of positions available in its facilities across the globe, including:
- Senior engineer, Flashblade networking
- Cloud platform engineering manager
- Flash firmware engineer, platforms
- Principal security product manager, FlashArray
- DevOps engineer, shared services
Pure Storage offers a range of benefits designed to support diversity and work/life balance, including remote work options, flexible and reduced hours options, a corporate diversity program, family medical leave, and unpaid extended leave.
NetApp’s product lines focus on large public cloud data management and storage solutions. NetApp’s offerings include its AFF All-SAN Array, ONTAP enterprise data management software for scale-out NAS, and StorageGRID for unstructured data solutions.
NetApp currently has more than 700 job openings, including:
- MTS software engineer
- Solutions architect
- Senior software engineer, Java SaaS cloud
- Senior cloud platforms and integration architect
- Enterprise resource planning (ERP) cloud integration architect
NetApp has a formal hybrid work program, with primarily on-site, hybrid, and primarily virtual options. NetApp also has a wide range of family-oriented benefits, including backup child and elder care, fertility and adoption assistance, and legal services for employees and their families.
Long a leader in computing and storage solutions, IBM continues to innovate in the storage space. Its current solutions include the unified, single-platform FlashSystem line; Spectrum Fusion for hybrid cloud systems; storage-as-a-service; and big data and artificial intelligence (AI) storage offerings.
IBM is seeking to fill numerous open storage-related positions in 2022, including:
- Cloud storage software developer
- Storage architect/specialist
- Research staff member, hybrid cloud storage
- Engineering development engineer, storage products and technologies
- Software web engineer, IBM Cloud Object Storage
IBM offers some of the most extensive and innovative benefits around, including its MoneySmart financial education program, discounted student loan refinancing and mortgage options, the Thomas J. Watson Scholarship Program, a work/life toolkit, and a breast milk delivery program for traveling mothers.
Oracle’s storage solutions focus on optimization using Oracle’s well-known and innovative database structures and workflows, such as Hybrid Columnar Compression. Oracle’s ZFS Storage Appliance line supports on-premises enterprise storage needs and cloud integration. Oracle also places a high priority on backup and recovery solutions, which include its Zero Loss Data Recovery Appliance.
Oracle currently has thousands of open storage-related positions worldwide, including:
- Software architect, storage
- Principal member of technical staff, object storage
- Senior site reliability engineer, block storage
- IT principal consultant, managed cloud
- Cloud operations engineer
Oracle supports alternative work arrangements, including reduced and flexible hours and a work-from-home program. Oracle also offers a range of family-oriented benefits, including extended leave options, family medical leave, military leave, and child and dependent care options.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s leading public cloud provider. AWS offers a full suite of end-to-end storage solutions, including its object, file, and block storage services (S3, EFS EBS); data migration services (DataSync and Snow); and disaster recovery (DR) and backup.
AWS has hundreds of storage-related job openings, many of which are remote-eligible, including:
- Senior solutions architect, storage
- Senior software development engineer, storage
- Principal technical program manager, storage
- Systems development engineer, storage
- Cloud support engineer II, storage, data in transit
AWS provides a wide range of benefits, including a restricted employee stock ownership plan, support services for employees with developmental disabilities, financial and estate planning services, and a 24/7 employee assistance program.
8. Hitachi Vantara
Hitachi has been in the storage market for over 50 years. Over its lifetime, the Hitachi product line has shifted focus toward storage-as-a-service, data modernization, hybrid clouds, and analytics. Hitachi offers customers unstructured object storage and software-defined storage (SDS) solutions as well as high-end analytics with its Lumada and Pentaho platforms.
Hitachi’s numerous job openings include:
- Virtualization solutions architect, software-defined storage
- Hitachi content project storage product manager
- AWS consulting software engineer
- Cloud architect
- Front-end engineer
In addition to standard financial, retirement and health benefits, Hitachi offers benefits tailored to their employees’ individual lifestyles, such as volunteer time off; discounted rates on auto, home, and pet insurance; discounts on travel, entertainment, electronics, and well-being products; and identify theft and credit-monitoring services.
Veritas is an industry leader in data backup and recovery solutions. Most well-known for its NetBackup suite of software and appliances, Veritas also offers a range of data analytics products, including data insight services and its APTARA IT analytics platform.
Veritas has more than 200 listed storage-related positions in the U.S., many of which are remote-eligible. Available positions include:
- Senior software engineer, storage systems engineering
- Full-stack software engineer
- Netbackup solutions architect
- Director, data science and engineering
- Software engineer, new graduate
Veritas has a comprehensive suite of benefits that include flexible time off; tuition reimbursement and student loan payoff assistance; volunteer time off; around-the-clock family-oriented support, including pre- and postpartum, adoption, surrogacy, and new parent assistance; loss support; and returning to assistance. Veritas also supports employees with its Winning Our Way peer-to-peer recognition and award program.
One of the pioneers of the personal computer industry, Microsoft has become a leader in cloud-based data storage solutions that support applications for businesses of all sizes. Microsoft’s Azure platform is now second to AWS in the global market share for cloud infrastructure services.
Microsoft currently has thousands of job openings related to its cloud services and storage solutions, including:
- Data platform technical lead
- Data and applied scientist
- Senior software engineer, Azure Core Platform
- Principal software architect
- Senior data engineer
Microsoft’s extensive benefits package includes flexible work schedules, on-site health care, student loan refinancing, on-campus retail stores and entertainment at headquarters, social clubs and networks, the Microsoft Connector shuttle fleet, the College Coach preparatory program, and charitable giving and volunteer time matching donation programs.
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