How to hire for a Cloud Development Engineer?


Developers are individuals who design and create applications or platforms such as software or web systems. A cloud developer is quite similar in the sense that they too design and build products, but – and here’s the clincher – it’s done on virtual systems and clouds. 

Standard Job Description: 

In addition to the design and implementation of cloud infrastructures, cloud developers also ensure the effective design of business processes in the cloud. They have a deep understanding of cloud provider architectures and can monitor cloud maintenance, planning, security and usage
across the company.  

Tasks include scaling of application components, security issues related to encryption and access rights, and ongoing optimization of efficiency and performance.  

Cloud developers can conduct code reviews and tests in a mapping environment. Change processes and the development of executable workflows are also part of their everyday life. If problems arise during a change or update, they can revise them and restore the configuration. They are familiar with service level agreements as the basis for cloud solutions and can set up and apply performance indicators for recording and classifying services performed.  

Typical industries in which developers work for the cloud can hardly be named, as there is a clear trend towards the cloud. Demand will increase in many areas over the next few years, especially in the services sector. 

Cloud developers need to be flexible in the way they look at problems. It’s important to keep an open mind as what was considered a bad practice yesterday, could become the standard tomorrow. 

Key Job Responsibilities:

1. Design and implement cloud infrastructures 

2. Advice on available cloud architectures 

3. Monitoring and maintenance 

4. Development of workflows and processes 

5. Document integration solutions 

6. Capture services using performance indicators 

7. Train staff in the new standards and processes 

Ideal Candidate:

1. Database Skills. 

2. Programming Skills. 

3. OS Integration 

4. Experience in vast Cloud Platforms 

5. Experience in Information Security 

Desired Education:

Graduation in Computer Science and related fields 

Certifications Associated:

1. AWS certification by Amazon 

2. Azure Certification by Microsoft 

3. Salesforce certification by 

4. Google Cloud Certification 

Key Skills:

Ruby on Rails, AWS, Google Cloud, Salesforce, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, Azure, JavaScript, jQuery, AngularJS, SQL, ASP.Net,, Crystal Report, MVC, Ajax, C#.Net, Java, Linux Administration, HP-Unix, Devops, IT Infrastructure Management, NetBackup, Storage, Remote Infrastructure Support ,
Infrastructure Project Management, Network Infrastructure Support, Network Operations Management, Service Management & Delivery. 

Common Positions:

1. Cloud Consultant 

2. Cloud Engineer 

3. Cloud Architect 

4. Cloud Developer 


Screening Questions/Assessment Parameters:

1. Types of frameworks worked before. 

2. Proficiency in cloud platform. 

3. Experience in end-to-end implementation of platform. 

4. Experience in designing, development of third-party integration (Backend) 


Basic Terminologies:

1. XaaS (Anything-as-a-Service). This is a generic term which refers to any service which is available as cloud enabled service through internet. Some time it is also called ‘everything-as-a-service’. It includes SaaS, DaaS, PaaS and IaaS etc. 

2. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). SaaS comprises of software applications, which are run on distantly located computers that happens to be
owned, as well as operated by others. A good example of such an application would be Google Docs, which is an online word processor based on cloud environment. SaaS offers several key benefits, such as instant access and usage of applications, accessibility from any machine that is connected, and that there is no likely loss of data, as it is stored in the cloud. 

3. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). PaaS is mainly a cloud-based environment that offers everything that is required to support the building and deployment of cloud-based applications. This is possible without the developer of the application having to purchase hardware, software, management and even hosting. The primary benefits obtained from PaaS are that applications may be deployed fast, without worrying about the platform. Also, these service models largely save costs and abstract the underlying intricacies. 

4. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). IaaS is primarily a model whereby, businesses are provided with several kinds of computing resources, such as servers, storage, networks, and data center spaces. The provider here, charges a certain amount of money based on the resources that are in use. IaaS offers several benefits, which include non-requirement of investment on hardware or upgrades, and the availability of dynamic and
flexible services as per requirements. 

5. Public Cloud. A very common term that you may have come across is public cloud. This is basically those parts of the cloud that are owned and run by companies that provide accessibility of computing resources to the general public. In the case of public cloud, users need not purchase software, hardware or even the infrastructure. All of these are managed and maintained by a provider, who may or may not charge a nominal fee. 

6. Private Cloud. This is basically the part of the cloud that is only meant for a certain organization, exclusively for its usage. The maintenance can be done internally by the organization or even outsourced to a third-party service provider. In terms of security, private cloud easily stands out, when compared to the public cloud. 

7. Hybrid Cloud. The term hybrid cloud implies the usage of a private cloud infrastructure, along with the use of cloud services that are public in nature. Truth be told, a private cloud cannot really exist solely by itself. Most businesses, which have a private cloud setup, end up accessing
public cloud resources for various day-to-day tasks. This gives birth to the term hybrid cloud. 

8. AWS. AWS simply stands for Amazon Web Services. American giant Amazon was perhaps one of the earliest companies to jump into the cloud computing bandwagon. Presently, Amazon Web Services is a cloud service provider with a presence across the Americas, Australia, Europe and Asia. 

9. Amazon EC2 (Elastic Cloud Compute). Being a part of AWS, EC2 is what is known to offer scalable cloud computing options to developers
across the world. It is used for the deployment of cloud-based applications on virtual servers that can be rented. Users of EC2 can even opt to pay for the resources they use by the hour. An auto-scaling feature allows developers to dynamically adapt to changes in requirements. 

10. Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). This is again a part of AWS that allows for the storage and backup of data on the cloud. It offers highly scalable, unlimited archiving and backup option for the users of AWS. 

Industry Jargons:

1. Cloud Sourcing. This is a term that means replacing the traditional IT operations of an organization, with cloud services being outsourced to a cloud provider. The biggest benefit of this is low costs and easy management of computing resources. 

2. Consumer Cloud. These are cloud offerings mainly intended to be used by people for their personal use. A fine example of this is Drop box, as it offers cloud storage facilities to users. 

3. Multi-tenancy. The ability of a single platform to run and hold more than just a process, application or virtual machine, for many users can be labeled as multi-tenancy. Cloud computing environments are usually available to multiple users and hence, are mostly multi-tenant. 

4. Vertical Cloud. This is a cloud environment that is built to serve the needs across several specific industries. Some of the most common
areas include healthcare, government tasks, financial services, and more. 

5. Cloud Portability. This term refers to the ability of an application and data to move from one cloud service provider to another cloud service provider. 

6. Cloud Backup. Cloud backup means to store the data to a remote cloud based server. This is nothing but a cloud storage which stores the data. 

7. Cloud Enablement. It means to make a cloud computing environment by enabling software, infrastructure, applications, clients etc. 

8. Cloud Migration. Cloud migration is nothing but migrating on premises application, data, software, databases etc. into a cloud
environment. This may be a partly or full transition. 

9. Cloudstorming. This term means to assemble multiple cloud computing environments. In a business scenario, there may be a need to
provision multiple cloud computing systems, so it can be referred as cloudstorming approach. 

10. Cloud Broker. It refers to an entity which is responsible for managing relationships with various cloud service providers. It acts as a middleman between service providers and service consumers. 


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