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).

Job Description:

The primary job responsibilities of the cloud administrator are to work in coordination with the IT department to develop and support the 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 services, and window server environment. Here are some of the additional responsibilities that come under the job purview:

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Install & Troubleshoot

The administrator will install and configure the Windows operating systems 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 and 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.
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect.
  • IBM Certified Cloud Solution Architect v2.
  • Salesforce Certifications.
  • Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Associate Certification.
  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator in Red Hat OpenStack.
  • CompTIA Cloud Essentials.
  • VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Exam.

Cloud Systems Administrator salary and Job outlook

According to Payscale, a System Administrator with cloud computing skills on an average earn’s about $75,776 per year. Employees with good work experience move to other jobs over the years. The salary as per ZipRecruiter is $120,000 per year.

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