The brain power behind one of the most in-demand technologies today, a cloud specialist (or cloud engineer) helps companies shift their data and services up into the cloud. As you already know, this virtual way of working is something no modern business should bypass.

The phrase “in the cloud” has gone from an odd-sounding buzz word to a pivotal way for businesses to operate. A cloud computing specialist knows the ins and outs of virtual environments, using them to streamline business operations and keep data safe.

The idea is to allow businesses to move away from physical hardware, on-site servers and packed-out filing cabinets. Instead, data and services move to the cloud, improving security, storage and day-to-day processes.

A cloud specialist is responsible for making sure businesses use cloud software to their advantage. Whether they drive the migration or actually build products in the cloud, they find opportunities to improve IT infrastructure by equipping businesses with next-generation tools.

I don’t need a hard disk in my computer if I can get to the server faster…. carrying around these non-connected computers is byzantine by comparison.

– STEVE JOBS (1997)

The key responsibilities of a cloud specialist

  • Analyse business objectives to recommend the most suitable cloud technology.
  • Take ownership of the adoption of cloud-based platforms.
  • Implement automated processes.
  • Uncover opportunities to streamline operations and enhance security.
  • Manage company data across multi-cloud environments.
  • Carry out cloud technology patching when necessary.
  • Troubleshoot servers for smooth, reliable running at all times.

Essential skills, knowledge & experience

  • An up-to-date knowledge of tech
  • An understanding of networking, programming and digital security
  • A qualification in computer science or a related field
  • Collaborative skills
  • Strong analytical reasoning
  • Knowledge of the leading cloud service providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform

Embedding efficiency & adaptation into organisations

Businesses today reject bulky hardware and physical servers – and rightly so. They take up space, are prone to security breaches, and have been known to break down from time-to-time. In the tech space, downtime and data vulnerabilities can be expensive complications.

Cloud computing specialists develop, deploy and debug cloud-based systems. They migrate essential systems and data over to the cloud, setting businesses up with the processes they need to work smoothly day after day. And, by dissolving storage limits, organisations are free to scale without concerns.