Cloud Systems Administrator

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A Cloud Systems Administrator is responsible for working in a mixed Windows and Unix software environment. The responsibility of the individual is to manage the instances of the cloud infrastructure services and the multiple cloud servers. The professional also leads, oversees and maintains, multiuser computing environment as per the requirements of the organization. The individual in this position must have strong technical knowledge of virtual machines (IaaS, Writing Code (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).

The administrator will have to develop, configure, implement and manage the systems that comprise the underlying cloud platform. The professional assists in setting up public or private cloud systems. They have to learn how to balance workload and deploy them in an automated way. The individual should monitor and alter the systems as per the prescribed methodology.

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The Cloud System Administrator is the one who establishes and executes the cloud operations as per the specifications and parameters. They should select the cloud providers as well keeping in mind the requirements. The technicians must implement cost-effective cloud-based systems that will fulfill the technical requirements of the organization.

Job Description:

The primary job responsibilities of the cloud administrator are to work in coordination with the IT department to develop and support cloud, windows or Unix infrastructure. They usually provide technical assistance on windows, cloud-based systems, and resolve operational problems. The professional will also assist in the administration of cloud service, and window server environment. Here are some of the additional responsibilities that come under the job purview:

Install & Troubleshoot

The administrator will install and configure the Windows operating system in cloud IaaS providers. The individual is also the go-to personnel to resolve and provide any assistance about system problems. The professional looks into the configuration and network security of the systems to make sure they are working correctly and they are up-to-date. It is also the individual’s responsibility to manage and upgrade operating systems.

Implement & integrate

The technician usually monitors and analyzes the capabilities and performance of the systems. They compare, evaluate, and implement new technologies, and integrate systems into the computing environment. It is the individual’s responsibility to document systems infrastructure for the convenience of the users.

Security & strategies

The Cloud Systems Administrator should provide all the necessary assistance to the cloud servers, including security configurations, patching, and troubleshooting. The personnel also helps to maintain system security strategies, policies, and procedures.

Great expertise

As a requirement, the individual should have good knowledge of Code Green, Proofpoint, Active Directory, Exchange, Office 365, Azure, AWS, GCP, and other Windows-based technologies. The ability to configure VMs and Web Applications are added advantage to become a cloud system administrator.

Education qualifications

Anybody interested in taking up this administrative position must have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, electronics, or telecommunications. Some employers also look for relevant work experience as well. It is an added advantage if the candidate has a master’s degree.

Certifications Path

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Cloud Platform and Infrastructure

The certification validates that the candidate is eligible to handle high level and modern data center. It provides great command over cloud technologies, identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect

The Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect will verify the knowledge of the candidate regarding deployment and robust applications on AWS technologies. It also focusses on the advanced technical skills in designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform.

IBM Certified Cloud Solution Architect v2

The IBM Certified Cloud Solution Architect v2 certification will provide expertise to design, plan and architect a Cloud Infrastructure. The professionals will be able to do with limited assistance, documentation, and relevant subject matter. They will be able to handle any issues related to IBM Cloud Infrastructure concepts and architectural principles.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Associate Certification

This certification will give the candidate a better understanding of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services. It focuses on cloud computing concepts such as high availability, disaster recovery, and security as well as Oracle Cloud Infrastructure terminology and services. It is for candidates with strong foundational knowledge in architecting infrastructure using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services.

Red Hat Certified System Administrator in Red Hat OpenStack.

The Red Hat Certified System Administrator in Red Hat OpenStack certification will test the candidates’ abilities, proficiency and experience that is required sto create, configure, and manage private clouds using the Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

CompTIA Cloud Essentials

It concentrates on the issues and solutions of the cloud computing. This certification is the most preferred by business professionals and non-IT staff. It covers all the cloud computing principles but is not a heavy technical certification.

VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Exam

This certification is for candidates who want to gain expertise in successfully installing, deploying, scaling and managing VMware vSphere 6 environments.

Cloud Systems Administrator salary

According to Payscale, a System Administrator with cloud computing skills on an average earn’s about $75,776 per year in the United States. Employees with good work experience move to other jobs over the years. The salary as per ZipRecruiter is $120,000 per year. The salary estimate as per Indeed.com is that on an average salary of Cloud System Administrator ranges from approximately $59,300 per year for Administrator to $120,436 per year for Development Operations Engineer.

Job outlook

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is expected to be an increase in the career opportunities for network and computer systems administration. It shows the by 2020 there will be a surge of 12 percent in the job sector. Professionals with cloud experience will have the edge over the other candidates because automation is catching up.

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