Cloud Infrastructure Engineer Job Responsiblities

CompTIA estimates that in 2021 cloud infrastructure engineers earned $88,000 to $141,200 annually. In that same time period, there were about 40,000 job vacanies advertising cloud infrastructure engineer jobs.

Before we talk about cloud infrastructure job responsibilities, let’s talk about ‘the cloud.’ The cloud refers to the place where computer data is stored. No it isn’t stored in the atmospheric clouds like cirrus, cumulus, and altostratus, for instance.

Related job responsibilities:

Cloud refers to the physical storage of data that spans multiple servers located in different places (data centers) across the globe. Usely these servers that are located in a real physical environment of ‘brick and mortar’ data centers that are owned and managed by a hosting company. The top five hosting companies in the world are:

  1. Amazon, AWS
  2. GoDaddy
  3. Google Cloud
  4. IONS
  5. HostGator

Just how much data is stored in the cloud? According to GlobalDots there is 1 Exabyte of data stored in the cloud that translates to about 1024 Petabytes of data. This can be best explained as 1,073,741,824 Gigabytes of data.

With all of this data in storage at data centers owned and managed by hosting companies and the like, you can imagine that there is a gigantic need for cloud infrastructure engineers.

Cloud Infrastructure Engineer Job Responsibilities

Coursera defines a cloud infrastructure engineer as a professional skilled in information technology whose primary goal is to build and maintain data in the cloud. In this role, a cloud infrastructure engineer can encompass multiple tasks related to

cloud architecture (designing cloud systems for businesses, government and other organizations)

  • cloud architecture (designing cloud systems for businesses, government and other organizations)
  • cloud development (writing code for the cloud)
  • cloud administration (working with networks in the cloud)

Cloud Infrastructure Engineer Job Responsibilities

To be more specific, please see below a few of the tasks of a cloud infrastructure engineer:

  • Building, designing, maintaining and managing as the key leader, the implementation of Cloud services across multiple cloud platforms such as: AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure
  • Participating in multi-disciplinary and multi-functional teams of technology experts in the evaluation and re-engineering of processes to support business strategies
  • Assisting in carrying out the direction, vision, and strategy from a technological perspective to expand worldwide adoption of Cloud technologies
  • Implementing and improving uponenable Cloud technology adoption
  • Developing and improving upon current cloud technologies for the advacement of future Cloud architectures and roadmaps
  • Assisting in the development of best practices, standards, and guidelines pertaining to the Cloud
  • Acting as the project leader
  • Developing and maintaining improved auto processes and tools
  • Recognizing and analyzing challenges
  • Resolving challenges related to architecture standards, guidelines, and industry best practices
  • Assessing, ranking and facilitating urgent issues to ensure business continuity
  • Performing risk and audit assessment to support ongoing hardware upgrades and resource optimization
  • Configuring CPU (central processing unit, memory, and disk partitions)
  • Maintaining the security of the data center and monitoring hardware, devices and other equipment
  • Participating in the design, implementation and management of workload automation initiatives