Cloud computing specialists help companies migrate their physical information technology activities, such as file storage and on-site servers, into a virtual environment. Cloud engineers typically work at either tech companies or large, established enterprises that have a substantial IT and cloud infrastructure.
The skill involves designing and implementing information technology infrastructure in a public cloud environment and features multiple roles including systems engineers, database administrators, network engineers, storage administrators, systems/network/solutions/enterprise architects, programmers/developers, and similar technology-driven roles. Responsibilities may involve providing design input, collaborating with customer service and analysts on project milestones, and analysing weaknesses and recommending system improvements. Cloud computing specialists need a background working with system architecture components, such as networking and software. In addition to strong technical skills, they should also have excellent collaborative skills, as well as strong analytical reasoning to effectively look at the strengths and weaknesses of projects.
Cloud computing has become a key part of corporate digital transformation strategy. As the cloud begins to dominate the business landscape, demand for positions related to cloud computing increases. Those specialists who are adept at managing multi-cloud environments -- including public, private and hybrid clouds from a variety of vendors -- will be best positioned in the evolving cloud market.
Competitors and results
Concepts of projects considered the progenitors of what is known now as “cloud” services appeared in the 1970s.
Checking email, watching online videos, accessing social network services, and listening to music – all of these involve cloud storage.
Salesforce.com revolutionized cloud computing in 1999, when its team developed a concept of delivering enterprise applications through a standard website.
Cloud computing technology gained real attention in 2006, when Amazon presented an extensive system of web services to its customers.