Cloud Computing is a highly sought after domain. With its increasing demand, several people want to build a career in this domain. Cloud Computing has some popular role-based certifications, and one of the most popular certifications is Cloud Solutions Architect Certification. If you are someone wanting to pursue this certification and is wondering what skills you should acquire, then you have landed in the right place. This article will help you understand everything you need to know about Cloud Solutions Architect skills.
Following pointers will be covered in this article,
- What is Cloud Computing?
- Who is a Cloud Architect?
- What Skills you should learn as a Cloud Architect?
- What after that?
So let us get started.
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud Computing, in simple words, is nothing but providing on-demand services like:
On metered usage, which can be accessed across the globe using the internet, all the resources are maintained and monitored by your vendor. This gives you ample time to focus on your business. Many popular vendors in the market offer on-demand services. These are, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, etc. These vendors provide services in 245+ countries and serve in different locations across the globe.
With metered usage, we can use the resources and services offered by these vendors on Pay-as-you-use basis. That means we use a resource for N hours for N amount. Then, we will be charged only for that duration and size of the resource. These resources are delivered to you in highly secured models in different offerings in the form of service and deployments models.
Who is a Cloud Architect?
If you are working in Cloud Computing domain, you could be working as either,
- A Cloud Architect
- A Cloud Admin
- A Cloud Developer
- Or a Cloud Specialty Practitioner
The first three roles are where we design, maintain and develop applications. A Cloud Architect is someone who creates blueprints of Cloud Architectures. Just like an architect designs blueprints of constructional architectures, a Cloud Architect is responsible for designing Cloud Applications. Their role is way more than just designing a Cloud Application. They are also involved in the following activities like:
- Creating designs or blueprints of Cloud Architectures
- Plan migration of on premise infrastructures Cloud infrastructures
- Implement Cost Optimization Strategies
- Be involved with stake holders for understanding business requirements
- Be involved with Developers and Administrators Product releases and Bug fixing
So what should you learn to become a successful Cloud Architect?
What Skills you should learn as a Cloud Architect?
As a Cloud Solutions Architect, it is important you learn the following:
Operating System and Networking
You must know how operating systems work. As an architect, you may not be required to do hardcore coding. But you are still required to get your technical fundamentals in place. As an architect, you will be working in different technical environments. Hence, understanding how operating systems work, becomes very important. Also, you may be supporting administrators so, the knowledge is important. Knowing how Linux or Ubuntu work becomes very important.
Another important vertical you need to know about, is networking. Since we are talking about Cloud Computing, it is important to have networking knowledge. This is because, Cloud Computing is a domain that is nothing but a connection of servers across the globe, which happens via virtual networks. So, you must know how traditional and virtual networks work.
It is important you brush up skills and terms like,
As a Cloud Architect, you won’t be required to know the exact port numbers. But having a knowledge of these domains, would definitely help. Because you would be working with popular cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and will be working with services like Route 53, VPC, etc.
Cloud offers plenty of storage options. Those can be cold storage, hot storage, file systems, Block and Bucket kind of storage. It is important as a Cloud professional to know how these storages work. With it, you can plan what storage will help you optimize costs on the cloud platform. Apart from this, we work with various big data applications for which the storage works differently. Understanding all these types of storages thus becomes important.
Security is another important aspect of Cloud Computing. Many have perceived Cloud Computing of being unsafe. With outages in early 2010’s ,we often hear people saying that Cloud Computing is not secure. But Cloud ensures both physical and network security. Various services help govern network security for different cloud platforms. You must learn how to control identity and access management, learn how to govern network security with firewalls and encryption.
As an architect, you should know what services concern your project. Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud platform combines offer 400+ services. It is important you know what platform to use and what service to opt for, because these cloud platforms offer plenty of services, for almost every possible domain one can think off. As an Architect, you should know what is needed, what services will help optimize costs, what services will best fit in the platform requirements.
As a Cloud Architect, you will be responsible for communicating with the stakeholders, Cloud Developers and even Cloud Admins. You will be a central point of contact in all these cases. Hence, it is important that a Cloud Solutions Architect has good communication skills, and can articulate the idea of what needs to be created and what needs to be conveyed to all the endpoints.
This sums up all the important skills that a Cloud Solutions Architect should know. This brings us to the end of this article. We hope you enjoyed it and were able to gain some insights. In case you have questions, feel free to put those in the chatbox below, and our team would revert to you at the earliest. Happy Learning!
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