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Cloud Computing Jobs: an Overview

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. Both ends of the Cloud spectrum have big plans to hire talented people. An IDC report released in 2012 estimated a worldwide growth of 14 million Cloud-based jobs by the end of 2015. Navigating the waters of Cloud Computing jobs can be confusing as many roles have be redefined or replaced with new roles. We are going to sample a few of those new roles and evaluate the redefined role of the System Administrator.

Cloud Architects - Designing a better Cloud future

Cloud Architects possess a strong understanding of how to design and build Cloud environments to meet both performance and cost requirements. 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. They lead migration projects to move companies into the Cloud. They design for disaster recovery and mitigation.
Architects can be found in companies that build applications and/or infrastructure in the Cloud. They are in very high demand. 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.

Application Developers - Leading Cloud Development

Application Developers are a highly sought after bunch in the tech industry. Increasingly, job requirements for developer opportunities are adding Cloud Computing as a must-have skill. Teams of developers can take advantage of managed services such as databases, queues, 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 applications.
Cloud-proficient developers are limited to programming languages and frameworks supported by their choice of vendors. Thankfully, most modern tools are widely supported meaning application developers have many options to choose from.

DevOps Engineers - Automating The Cloud

A role that has gained significant popularity as Cloud Computing has grown is the role of DevOps. 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.
DevOps typically use tools like Puppet or Chef to automate the deployment and configuration of applications. 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.

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Big Data Specialists - Analyzing Business Trends

The advent of the Cloud has made data collection and storage inexpensive. Big Data Specialists dig through that data to find trends otherwise missed by standard business processes.
They use tools such as Hadoop to crunch data. Hadoop alone requires these specialists to understand the impact of clustering and distributed file systems to their Cloud environment. They monitor the performance of their analysis tools to keep processes running efficiently.
Big Data Specialists must also become experts in the data that needs to be collected in order to meet business requirements by working with Cloud developers and architects.

Cloud Security Specialists - Protecting the Cloud Business

According to a North Bridge Venture Partner's 2014 survey, roughly half of all companies with plans to move at least a portion of their workload to the Cloud cite a perceived lack of security as their reason for not moving data and/or infrastructure to the Cloud. Cloud Security Specialists have come to the rescue by helping dispel security concerns.
They help Cloud architects in engineering solutions that take security into account from the very beginning. They assist developers in building secure applications that limit potential exposure to information leakage.
Cloud Security Specialists must keep up with the latest security news to help mitigate them while ensuring that all aspects of the environments they manage conform to industry best practices.

Traditional Datacenter Jobs - Still Going Strong

Traditional roles that focus on the datacenter are not going away. Many of those jobs are moving to the Cloud providers and companies with hybrid environments. System administrators tend to be responsible for the configuration and maintenance of hardware resources. Cloud providers need many of them to keep up with their growing infrastructure.
To effectively perform the role, system administrators need to understand the basics of Cloud Computing to maximize the uptime and performance that customers of the Cloud demand. Companies with hybrid environments require system administrators capable of configuring hardware in a datacenter to communicate with Cloud resources.
For small to medium sized companies, this role will be completely responsible for both environments.

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