What is cloud architecture?
If you have ever accessed an email attachment stored in your inbox or saved an item to Dropbox, then you have used cloud computing. So ubiquitous is the concept of cloud computing that it is now difficult to use a device today without stumbling into the cloud at some point.
Of course, this is a very simplistic definition of what cloud architecture is. For businesses, they must go beyond the simplistic and instead focus on solutions that are carefully customised and tailored to their needs. The cloud is not a buzzword – it is critical to the success of a great number of businesses here in Australia.
This is why cloud architecture is such an important field in the modern business landscape. It is this cloud architecture that businesses use to achieve remotely accessible, secure storage solutions to deploy highly capable applications and software pieces and to keep themselves growing sustainably long into the future.
But, someone needs to design this architecture. Someone needs to have the skill and capability required to implement and to manage this architecture. This is the role of a cloud architect.
What does a cloud architect do?
A cloud architect will design and build the cloud computing architecture that all businesses rely on if they are to operate in a flexible and agile fashion. It is the cloud architect who has the knowledge and capability required to craft cloud solutions to meet and exceed the requirements of the organisation. The cloud is everywhere in modern business, and, thanks to cloud architects, more and more companies are able to realise their potential.
While the cloud architect will be working specifically with cloud structures, as the job title suggests, there is in fact a diverse array of responsibilities and roles that the architect must fulfil.
Cloud architect responsibilities
- Translating project-specific needs into a cloud structure that will suit those needs and considering the project needs in terms
- of resource usage and scalability.
- Designing the cloud environment from a holistic point of view, ensuring it meets all of the company's requirements.
- Carrying out deployment, maintenance, monitoring, and management tasks within this implemented cloud structure.
- Overseeing cloud security.
- Completing the integration of new applications into the cloud environment.
- Offering training and guidance to all whose roles bring them into contact with the cloud structure.
- Keeping on top of usage of space in the cloud and making sure the structure is operating at full efficiency.
- Working with business clients to understand their needs and to implement the cloud strategies designed to meet those needs.
- Conducting migration, where necessary, to bring tools and other elements into the cloud.
- Working with virtualisation technologies to achieve effective server management for the business
Common cloud architecture terms
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Cloud service provider
Managed service provider (MSP)
Service level agreement (SLA)
What skills does a cloud architect need to have?
There are a number of skills and skillsets that successful cloud architecture applicants will need to have. These range from general skillsets that cover everything a modern professional needs to be in today's workplace to highly specific areas of expertise.
Able to work proficiently with a number of different operating systems, including Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Proficient with AmazonWeb Services, as well as Microsoft Azure Cloud.
In-depth knowledge of networking an associated technologies, including LAN/WAN, OSI, TCP/IP, File Transfer Protocols, Telnet and Secure Shell, Load balancer, Domain Name System, and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, among others.
Design knowledge for cloud architecture.
Understanding of cloud infrastructure configuration and deployment.
Cloud service management skills.Knowledge of web and application servers.
Ability to work with physical hardware and virtual machines
What qualifications does a cloud architect need to have?
A successful applicant for a cloud architect position will be educated to degree level and will also have to have a high school diploma, including maths and computer qualifications. While the majority of entrants into the field of cloud architecture opted for the science stream during their education development, this is not always the case.
Anyone, from any background, provided that they can meet these qualification levels, can become a cloud architect. It is important that they show an aptitude for on-the-job learning and can build the experience required to become truly proficient in the field.
What is the career path for a cloud architect?
There are several choices of career path open to a cloud architects:
- Junior Cloud Architect
Cloud Project Manager
Junior Cloud Architecture Manager
Systems Architect with cloud computing expertise
Senior management roles
Senior Cloud Strategist
Senior Cloud Architecture Manager
How much does a cloud architect earn?
A cloud architect position is a generally well-paid one, but there is significant variation in the earning potential of different individuals. Entry-level cloud architects will, of course, not be remunerated to the same level as their more senior counterparts. There are also large variations in the average salaries received across different states and territories in Australia.
The average advertised salary for a cloud architect in Australia, as of January 2020, was $155,481 p.a.
This salary guide is a compilation of salary and market information provided by Hudson consultants, clients, candidates and other sources across Australia. Information was gathered by drawing on the extensive knowledge of our specialist recruitment consultants across Hudson's specialist practice groups. Salary ranges are approximate guides only.
They relate to base salaries and exclude superannuation/bonuses/incentive schemes/stock options.
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