Dell Software Validation Engineer in Hopkinton, Massachusetts


Location: Hopkinton, MA

The Unstructured Data Storage Division of DELL EMC is seeking a Software Validation Engineer to join their team.

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What is Isilon Engineering?

Our teams build the network interfaces our customers use to access their data, enterprise-level services to it, and the platform to persistently store it. We create extensible modern file system and data services, including journaling, quotas, snapshots and replication, while delivering future capabilities for new workloads such as Hadoop as well as scaling existing NAS workloads to huge levels and with non-disruptive operations to keep businesses running 24x7x365. Our identity management technologies ensure that we can work in almost any environment and provide our customers with seamless integration to both directory services and storage protocols.

What is happening in Isilon Engineering?

Our customers have grown to expect success from Isilon, and now they want more – more scale, more storage, more uptime, more performance, and more workloads – all to enable their business.

How do you build the Data Lake of tomorrow? How to you integrate file, object and big data access without compromising the fidelity of the client protocols and file system APIs? How do you actively balance new and existing client requests across an entire cluster to provide the highest level of service? How do you build a single pool of storage that can meet all of the storage needs of a business? These are the questions we answer daily, and to provide the solutions as quickly as possible, we are pursuing new ways to accelerate the rate at which we can deliver value to our customers.

If software is eating the world, applications are ruling the world. Our solutions integrate the OneFS infrastructure with the application ecosystems built on top of it.


As a Software Validation Engineer, you will be responsible for efforts within a team to validate product features from initial requirements to completion in Isilon’s OneFS product releases. Your knowledge in software quality, testing strategies, automation, and client/server interoperability will help us create industry leading products for the Isilon Storage product within Dell EMC.


Define the quality strategy for a feature and identify the appropriate success metrics

Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills across multiple teams to obtain test requirements, build a detailed validation plan, and successfully execute according to an agreed upon schedule

Provide high fidelity feedback to development teams for identified feature defects

Build and integrate API and feature level frameworks and tests

Execution of committed test plans developed by yourself or other engineers

Contribute to the culture of quality throughout our broader engineering organization

Share experiences and skills to aid team members in enhancing their professional skills and career

Possess a strong aptitude for exploring new technologies and understanding how to apply them to new product releases and in customer facing support scenarios


BS in Computer Science or related technical field, and 0 – 4 years industry experience with network protocols, UNIX/Linux systems software development, or related field

Experience working on one or more product release cycles

Broad understanding of software testing methodologies

Ability to participate in code reviews across both feature and test code

Programming in Python or C/C++. Experience with similar languages will be considered

Candidates may also possess any of these highly desired skills:

Experience with network file systems or object protocols such as SMB, NFS, Hadoop, or S3 interfaces in shippable software/services.

An understanding of the UNIX operating environment.

Knowledge of distributed software solutions

How do we do our work?

We create a pipeline of work based on input from our customers, internal engineering needs, our product managers, and our strategic bets. Our organization is “multi-threaded” in how we manage our engineering capacity and the throughput at which we deliver. We aim to run a

lean organization to build the right things the right way at the right time.

What technologies do we use and build?

We strive to use the best tool for the job at hand. We build our core infrastructure and network code in a combination of C and C++ with control functions leveraging the flexibility and rapid development provided by Python. We use git as our source control system and leverage GitHub Enterprise based workflows for building and testing our code in a continuous integration model. Creating internal clusters for testing and development is smooth and easy using our automated builds and virtual deployments.

What kind of developer enjoys working in Isilon Engineering the most?

Our best engineers demonstrate curiosity and intellectual flexibility as they approach new problems. Our engineering teams work in highly collaborative manners. We esteem developers that can help us ship product, are eager to learn and are willing to share that new knowledge with peers. We listen to our customers and help them solve the problems that are ahead.

About Isilon

DELL EMC Isilon is the leader in scale-out NAS storage systems. Our clustered storage and data management solutions drive unique business and economic value for customers by maximizing the performance of their mission-critical applications, workflows, and processes. Isilon enables enterprises and research organizations worldwide to manage massive and rapidly growing amounts of file-based data in a highly-scalable, easy-to-manage, and cost-effective way. We’re in the business of transforming the way data is stored. At the forefront of the big data movement and cloud computing, our highly parallelized, distributed architecture has completely redefined the storage model.

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