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Microsoft Corporation Software Engineer II in Atlanta, Georgia

Azure Compute is Azure's most profitable business and is growing incredibly fast! We provide millions of virtual machines for customers to run their workload in the cloud. We are a globally available foundational service that hosts services with the scale of Bing/Skype/AzureStore/SQL, host millions of multiplayer gaming sessions and allow solving large computational problems in seconds.

The Azure Computer Manager is the “kernel” of the Microsoft Compute Cloud. We build a fault tolerant distributed system on top of commodity datacenter hardware, to deliver an infrastructure for hosting cloud applications in virtual servers. We create an illusion that resources are limitless, infinitely elastic, and always available.

The team is working on a few different areas that you can help provide an impact:

Projects improving cluster scale and density- this includes capabilities and mechanisms for large service footprints, managing 20x more physical machines and services than it does today, schemes to improve VM density, reducing cluster fragmentation, increase utilization of compute cores; expanding azure capabilities for containers (Docker/Hyper-V Containers), etc. We are building a set of highly scalable, highly available, micro services that will be the next generation of the Compute Fabric and provide service management for all azure compute services.

Projects involving end customer service uptime and availability - applying and building machine learning to build a 'Smarter' kernel that can be adaptive to events in the datacenter and services to decide on actions - especially when needed to increase service availability and uptime. We are also working with Windows and Hyper-V on Live Migration and its capabilities into the Azure platform.

Projects around service reliability and performance - provide extremely reliable and fast on-demand compute instances irrespective of the size and scale of the service (multiple orders of magnitude faster than today). We are working on architectural and structural improvements across the entire Azure Core stack (Azure Compute Manager, Azure Host OS and Host Agent, Compute Resource Provider, Azure Networking etc)

If you want hands-on services architecture experience, being a part of significant service re-architecture, this is the role for you. If you are someone who would like to produce impact across a large number of systems; if you have a penchant to learn and utilize your broad skill sets to produce great customer impact; if you have hands on experience with design on large scale and development of highly available distributed systems, then this opportunity is the one - Join the Compute Manager and help us build the foundation for the cloud to power the future of computing!

Microsoft is on a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our culture is centered on embracing a growth mindset, a theme of inspiring excellence, and encouraging teams and leaders to bring their best each day. In doing so, we create life-changing innovations that impact billions of lives around the world. You can help us to achieve our mission. To learn more please visit: https://careers.microsoft.com/mission-culture


You will be an integral member of the Azure Computer Manager Team responsible for design, build and support software to support Azure Compute.

We live and breathe the engineering culture that many companies (both large and small) are increasingly adopting, where a single engineer wears all the hats necessary to design, implement, validate, and release great features. We collaborate closely with product teams at Microsoft as well as internally to ensure we’re delivering an integrated and seamless experience for customers to manage and operate services.

This role requires strong communication skills, excellent troubleshooting and debugging skills, knowledge of system software and a deep understanding of the large-scale distributed systems. As a Senior Software Engineer, you have strong design and coding skills, quick learning abilities, and confidence to ship reliable software.


  • 3 years of software development experience in C#/Java/C/C++ Strong problem solving, design, coding and debugging skills

  • Drive for execution and results, while delivering quality software for large scale projects

  • BS or MS or PhD degree in Computer Science, or equivalent degree

May include: Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements. 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.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form (https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/accommodationrequest) .

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