Daniel Iose Joins Spectrum as our Wellington Region Sales Manager

Joining our team is Daniel Iose. He is our lead sales manager for the Wellington region.

Dan is a corporate level account and sales manager, who has managed and worked with top level commercial and government accounts with more than two decades of experience in Service Delivery, IT business development/account management roles.

He has a great track record winning the trust of “C” level executives in order to offer business oriented results to infrastructure services, data and cloud solutions.

Dan’s focus is on helping clients achieve better business outcomes and develop long term technology strategies through efficient data management solutions.

He says he is excited to have the opportunity to work for a company that is passionate about it's customers and solution offerings.

Outside of work, Dan enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and supporting his two sons playing rugby.

Welcome to the team Daniel!

 

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Vacancy: Network & Security Infrastructure Specialist

The Role

Another opening in our Auckland office. The role is both hands-on and customer facing: responding to client requests, dealing with day-to-day BAU changes, break-fix engineering, and assisting our senior network architects to design and implement solutions.

About Us

Operating in both the Auckland and Wellington CBDs, Spectrum is a services company with a 17 year enterprise pedigree.  We have a strong focus in emerging technologies, from container platforms to data virtualisation, Internet-of-Things, and sensor data.  Our Network and Security practice is integral to our entire business where, in addition to the usual switches and routers, we have a strong focus on bringing enterprise grade security features to public cloud deployments.

At Spectrum we have a deliberate focus on culture.  We support a healthy work/life balance, and encourage flexible working.  We are an inclusive community with a fortnightly “family meal” and other social, team-building, charity, cultural, and strategy events.

About You

This is a mid-senior level role and suited to someone with 5+ years of experience in the network and security fields.  The role is customer facing.  You must be comfortable representing Spectrum to our customers and will be well presented.

  • Required Technical Skills
  • Recent hands on experience with Fortigate firewalls essential.
  • Experience with other firewall / security platforms is a plus.
  • Excellent knowledge of networking technologies, switching, routing, routing protocols, firewalls, load balancers, security principles, VPN technologies, and network monitoring tools.
  • Hands on experience with major vendor network equipment such as: Cisco, HP, Junos, Aerohive, Aruba, or F5.
  • Previous experience supporting large scale enterprise deployments is essential.
  • Experience with Linux (especially in the networking stack including iptables, bridging, and SDN) is also a distinct advantage.

Non Technical / Soft Skills

  1. Self motivated and independent.  You must be able to work without supervision when required while also being willing to take direction from Spectrum technical leadership.
  2. Analytically minded.  You must be able to logically work a problem in a systematic manner – especially where this may cross into areas outside of network technology.
  3. Excellent communicator.  You must be able to communicate with both technical and non-technical staff, write emails that do not include text speak, and produce legible documents.
  4. Well presented.  You will be the face of Spectrum.
  5. Sense of fun.  No really, we’re not Initech, we don’t want your TPS reports.  We want you to enjoy working with us, and we want to enjoy having you around.

Technical skills are important, but we are looking for the right fit.  If that’s you, then we’d love to welcome you aboard for the ride!

What Next

If this sounds like you, or if you have questions, or need clarification, please email Josh Warman, josh@sc.nz 

Cooknight at Ronald McDonald House

We kickstarted 2018 with some of our team participating in a cook night at Ronald McDonald House in Grafton.

The cook nights are designed so that volunteers can spend a few hours of their day to prepare and cook dinner and dessert for the families that stay at the Ronald McDonald houses. This takes away one more stress for the families, as after spending a long day at the hospital, the last thing that they want to think about doing is cooking dinner for their family.

We are humbled to have had the chance to take part and look forward to doing more work with RMHC in the future.

 Anton and Jaco with their favourite dish - the ham!

Anton and Jaco with their favourite dish - the ham!

 Part of the team serving up dinner

Part of the team serving up dinner

 Laurence getting dessert ready

Laurence getting dessert ready

 Jaco and Josh cleaning up

Jaco and Josh cleaning up

The CxO’s Guide to Spectre and Meltdown - Part 1, A Lesson in History

The CxO’s Guide to Spectre and Meltdown - Part 1, A Lesson in History

To understand the basis of Spectre and Meltdown, we need to go back in time.  About two decades back in fact, to the 486 processor.  Back then, the operating system presented the processor with a list of instructions which then dutifully executed them.  From the first, to the last.  In order.  If a decision needed to me made - a fork in the road if you will - the processor would wait until the operating system told it whether to turn left or right.  At some point, some very clever folk realised that a processor sitting and waiting wasn’t doing anything, and that this was extremely wasteful.  What if we could avoid this time sitting around and doing nothing?  Enter speculative execution...