With the constant growth of cloud market, the demand for cloud engineers are growing. Also, as the market itself is growing, the position of a cloud engineer is still evolving. There are new demands and solutions. Cloud engineers need to continuously develop their skills to keep up with the evolving demand.
With that in mind, here’s what the world is expecting from cloud engineers in 2018:
Understand the Business
With large number of companies moving to cloud, it’s time for cloud engineers to understand the language of cloud. They need to intake the need of the business from technology. Unlike past, these days, cloud engineers are more involved in business meetings. This shows that a sense of responsibility towards the overall business is added and the world expects the reciprocation. If one knows only technology, their job prospects may be limited. On the other hand, if they try to understand where the organization is going and how cloud can help, they will be able to plan wiser. Aside from better understanding your own organization, cloud architects must also evolve their project management skills. Because there are so many technologies involved, it’s important to understand where each piece fits and how the entire cloud deployment process can be properly controlled.
Good Grasp of Theories
Cloud engineers need to know and be aware of breadth of different technologies and platforms. While there will be specialists in different areas, but one needs to be aware of the current technological theories. This includes storage, networking, compute, user management, open-source solutions, security, virtualization, optimization options, application/services delivery, and much more. Cloud computing is not one product. Rather, it is a combination of key technologies which all work together to bring data and resources down to the end user. Cloud engineers should always retain the knowledge of how their world, interconnects with the rest of the cloud.
Knowledge about operations
As cloud has become an integral part of many organisations, it is expected from cloud engineers to know how to create true infrastructure resiliency. This means creating an architecture where data can be replicated, and good DR strategies can be planned for critical workloads. Even today we see regular cloud outages. Well, what if you were hosting your entire data centre from an Amazon cloud? What if that cloud went down? Did you create an availability zone? How is replication handled? Creating a resilient cloud infrastructure is a key knowledge component that many cloud-ready organizations require. Downtime results in lost dollars. So, knowing operations and how the cloud environment behaves will be critical to designing a solid DR plan.
Think Outside the Box
Cloud has created many new industries and sub-industries. We have new service models which strive to create the data centre of everything. There are more scope for big data and cloud computing. All of this is the result of an ever-expanding cloud environment. When working with cloud computing – it’s the need of time to be creative in solving problems. It’s not always about throwing resources at the challenge. Virtualization, high-density computing, and various other technologies can dynamically optimize your cloud environment. The key is having knowledge around these solutions and understanding where they fit in.
The cloud market will continue to grow and create new types of positions. To survive and grow big in this evolving market, cloud engineers must continue to develop their skills and knowledge and stay updated with all recent developments.
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