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The Cloud Engineer: An Evolutionary Role for a New IT Era

Published: 07 June 2017

ID: G00322973

Analyst(s): Elias Khnaser


The cloud engineer is an evolutionary role for traditional technical professionals focused on cloud computing. Technical professionals must understand the responsibilities and requirements of the role, and must develop the necessary skill sets for successful Mode 1 and Mode 2 cloud deployments.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is a Cloud Engineer?
  • What Are the Necessary Skill Sets for a Cloud Engineer?
  • How Does a Cloud Engineer Differ From a Cloud Architect?
  • How Does a Cloud Engineer Differ From a Traditional Infrastructure Engineer?
  • How Much Will Current IT Roles Be Impacted?
    • Network Engineers
    • Storage Engineers
    • System Engineers
    • Backup Administrators
    • Security Engineers
    • Database Administrators
  • Are Cloud Engineers a Separate Team Within IT?
  • What About DevOps? How Will It Impact IT Professionals?
    • Will My Department Be Restructured as a Result of DevOps?


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