Cloud Engineer

With top global organizations adopting and harnessing the power of the Cloud, skilled cloud Engineers or professionals are in high demand, now more than ever. Cloud Computing is undoubtedly the most sought-after skill in today’s business environment. To help you become part of the Cloud revolution, this article gives you a glimpse of the different job roles in the cloud industry and how to get in to Cloud Development role.

Current trend in the Indian Cloud Development Job market

From the recent Nasscom report, Cloud spending in India is estimated at USD 2.5 Bn. Cloud spending is estimated to grow at 30% p.a. to reach USD 7.1 – 7.2 Bn. in 2022. SaaS Market expected to contribute USD 3.3 – 3.4 Bn. by 2022 (at a growth rate of 36% p.a). SaaS exports from India are estimated to reach USD 19 – 20 Bn. By 2022.


Emerging technology, commercial & consumer trends like Edge computing, Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, on-demand models, Immersive experiences, and XaaS (Anything as Service) will further drive adoption and innovative use cases.

Adding to it, the COVID-19 pandemic and the move to remote work and video conferencing are accelerating moves to the cloud. Cloud adoption levels are high for few industry verticals such as IT/ITeS, Communications, Media, Telecom, Manufacturing & Internet-enabled companies. However, Banking, Healthcare & some other industries are still in the early stages of adoption.

Key challenges that are driving this demand are

  • Cost optimization opportunities to businesses by reducing the overheads, data security & privacy, interoperability, loss of control, vendor ecosystem lock-in,
  • Quality of Service, cost savings uncertainty, and regulatory uncertainty

Job Roles and Skills required to build a career in Cloud Development.

Key skills that are in demand are

  • Understanding of coding and programming languages like Python and R, along with traditional languages such as PHP, Java, etc.
  • Data Science query languages, such as SQL, MySQL, etc.
  • Knowledge and understanding of DevOps (Developmental Operations).
  • Fundamental skills, like communication, presentation.

Some of the Tools + Tech (in-demand) for Cloud Development

  • Edge computing
  • Serverless computing
  • Containerization
  • Low latency connectivity(5G)
  • IoT, Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence
  • Real-time analytics
  • Distributed systems
  • Immersive experiences (AR/VR)
  • Hyper-Personalization
  • Business models – Consumption-based models
  • XaaS – Everything as a service
  • Infrastructure/Data Security/Privacy

Typical roles that are common in the industry are:

  • Cloud Software Engineer – Responsible for designing cloud software and systems to implementing and maintaining them. They are accountable for all technical duties related to Cloud Computing.
  • Cloud Developer – Responsible for coding and developing cloud applications. Needs to be an expert in the major coding languages. They take care of building, testing, debugging, and deploying applications in the cloud, often using DevOps practices.
  • Cloud Infrastructure Engineer – Once the application has been designed and developed, Cloud Infrastructure Engineers are responsible for managing and monitoring most of the activities that follow the development of the applications. They should have a deep understanding of system management, visualization, and troubleshooting. They should have proficient command over Linux, along with a few configuration management tools, monitoring tools, and coding languages.
  • Cloud Architect/Enterprise Architect – Focuses on the bigger picture of designing the infrastructure and configuration, rather than designing and configuring the individual server.

How to get into Cloud Development Role

Many developers want to get into the Cloud Development role, but it’s hard to know the steps to get there. Below is our 4-step process to becoming a cloud engineer, including the most requested skills by top companies.

Step #1: Familiarize fundamental software concepts.

  • Engineering background
  • Experience with the Linux/UNIX operating system
  • Complete knowledge of one of the cloud platforms, such as AWS, Azure, or GCP
  • Sound programming knowledge in one of the mentioned programming languages:
  • Java
  • .NET
  • GO
  • R/Python/Scala
  • Be familiar with DevOps methodology and tools, such as Puppet, Chef, Git, Docker, etc.

Step #2: Learn Cloud Tools

  • VMware
  • DevOps Tools, Jenkins, Github, Ansible
  • Containerization, Kubernetes, Docker

Step #3: Get certified in a Cloud Platform.

  • AWS
  • Azure
  • Google Cloud

Step #4: Apply for Jobs

  • Job Portals
  • Hackthons
  • LinkedIn

The Cloud computing domain is an ocean of opportunities for every technology enthusiast. Are you ready to start a career in cloud computing and become a cloud professional?