Cloud Computing Job Roles – Azure Cloud

It’s raining jobs in Cloud!

  • Companies of all sizes are moving in greater numbers to the cloud while cloud providers continue to grow their operations to support more and more workloads.
  • An IDC report released in 2012 estimated a worldwide growth of 14 million Cloud-based jobs by the end of 2015.
  • There are about 100 jobs chasing each qualified candidate at this point in time, according to technical recruiters.

With cloud many roles will be redefined or replaced with new roles.

  1. Cloud System Engineer / I.T. Professional
    • Responsible to implement and operate Virtual Systems that support cloud implementation.
    • To build and configure Virtual Network and provision Virtual Machines, Storage Accounts, Databases, Network Load Balancer, Gateways etc.
    • They’re responsible for the scale-in/scale-out infrastructure.
    • Should have system engineering experience, holistic understanding of the Internet and hosting from the network layer up through the application layer.
    • Should have experience in 24×7 hosting environment.
    • Should have knowledge of using maintaining and monitoring tools, scripting, configuration manager tools, network security, firewalls, etc…

  2. Application Developers / Software Engineer
    • Responsible for design and development of different types of software applications that integrate with cloud service providers.
    • Developers can take advantage of managed services such as databases, storages, queues, caches, workflows, and more to bring new applications to market quicker and cheaper than ever before.
    • They need to understand how these managed services can be used to build highly available, fault-tolerant and scalable applications.
    • Increasingly, job requirements for developer opportunities are adding Cloud Computing as a must-have skill.
    • Required credentials: Computer Science engineering with 2+ years of professional experience in software development. Must have an excellent understanding of at least one language like C#, Java, PHP, Python, etc.
  3. DevOps Engineers
    • Responsible for Automation of deployment and configuration of applications.
    • DevOps represents a merger between development and operations. It breaks down the barrier of developers and operations engineers with the goal of streamlining the application lifecycle.
    • The role often is responsible for managing the infrastructure through version-controlled source files that can be used to recreate Cloud environments in hours and minutes instead of weeks and days under the traditional model.
    • DevOps is more attainable now than it ever has been with the ease of automation for infrastructure and software services, making it a natural choice for developers and/or system administrators with scripting experience.
  4. Cloud Architect
    • Should possess a strong understanding of how to design and build Cloud environments to ensure that systems are scalable, reliable, secure and supportable and that they achieve business performance and budgetary objectives.
    • Their knowledge of a Cloud platform is broad enough to know which services are best suited for any particular situation including whether or not a hybrid environment makes sense.
    • Should have significant experience designing, installing and administrating virtualized environments. They lead migration projects to move companies into the Cloud.
    • They design for disaster recovery and mitigation.
    • They will be required in companies which build applications and/or infrastructure in the Cloud.
    • There are various certifications that, when combined with experience, can help Cloud architects stand out. Additionally, they must stay update-to-date on the latest and greatest features of Cloud platforms to stay competitive in the market.
    • Required credentials: Engineers with 8 to 10 years of experience dealing with large-scale, multiplatform networks, expert level knowledge of Linux and Windows OS. High-level understanding or programming languages. Significant experience designing, installing and administrating virtualized environments.
  5. Cloud Services Developer
  6. Cloud System Administrator
  7. Cloud Sales Executive
  8. Cloud Consultant

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