Software Engineer 2

Last updated 3 days ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

Are you excited about the possibility of changing the world with Big Data by working on the largest Object Storage service in the world? Come join the Azure Storage team in building Azure Data Lake Storage and revolutionize the way Cloud Storage supports Big Data!

The Azure Storage team is currently chartered with building, managing, and running the Persistent Cloud Storage for Microsoft Azure Cloud. Azure Storage consists of a Storage Platform which currently powers five different storage services – Azure Data Lake Storage, Blob Storage, Table Storage (NoSql Key Value store), Queue Storage, File Storage (SMB based File Storage) and Disk Storage. We are one of the foundational services in the Azure Cloud. This service hosts data from some of the largest companies in the world plus supports all of Microsoft’s largest online businesses including Xbox, One Drive, Skype and Bing, and has scaled to store exabytes of customer data with the roadmap looking even better in terms of growth. We have built a new foundational Storage service with ADLS (Azure Data Lake Storage) Gen 2 and one of the underpinnings of that is a scalable Hierarchical Namespace technology stack which this position is for.

You can read more about the Service architecture here: (
and about the current storage offerings here:


Storage is divided into four layers. This position is with the Hierarchical Namespace team, which forms the heart of File System semantics that are provided for Azure Data Lake Storage and is a critical part of Azure Storage’s Analytics strategy. The Hierarchical Namespace provides: horizontally scalable hierarchical file system topology and capabilities, distributed transaction support, distributed caching of the hierarchy and namespace metadata, support for a variety of interfaces/protocols and Interoperability between them, geo replication, partitioning, multi tenancy, and many other capabilities. Additionally, the work for this position will cross many layers of the Azure Storage system and Azure as a whole, presenting unique engineering challenges for which we need top-notch talent. Right now is an exciting time for the team as we are working on expanding the range of supported scenarios for the service while working on the next version architecture of the storage service to support the next 100X growth. If you are excited about large scale data management problems, this is a unique opportunity to have an impact in a team unlike any other.

The specific role focuses on the Hierarchical Namespace layer and sits in a team in Azure Storage that is focused on the Big Data and Analytics for Microsoft.


To be successful, you must thrive on solving problems related with data durability, availability and concurrency issues in a multi-tenant environment. You must have passion for storage and distributed systems. You will be challenged on a daily basis as you build the largest storage solution Microsoft has.


  • 3 years of building scalable system software and/or services in multithreaded C/C++

Preferred Requirements:

  • BS/MS/PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering
  • Distributed systems knowledge
  • Hands on development experience including designing and writing code
  • Proven ability to plan, schedule, and deliver high quality software
  • Passion for customers
  • Excellent collaboration skills
  • Namespace and/or Index Management experience a plus
  • Big Data experience a plus, especially in the Hadoop and/or HPC ecosystem

    Cloud Background check:

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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