Cloud computing and cloud services have changed the way companies operate. Businesses across all sectors are shifting from on-site IT infrastructures to cloud-first, especially as the Hybrid working model sustains.
This pace of change is bringing strong competition for the best talent at an enterprise level, and at the same time creating urgency for small-to-medium sized businesses to shore up expertise in their IT or Operations teams.
If you’re planning to planning on recruiting talent to support your Cloud Services, in this guide you’ll find information on…
〉 What’s behind the demand for Cloud Services professionals
〉 A look at the global Cloud Service Provider market
〉 Insight into what major companies use which provider
〉 How a Cloud Services expert fits into your business and why its a critical hire
〉 A top-line guide to recruiting for a Cloud Engineer
〉 Average earnings of Cloud Services experts in the UAE with market comparisons
〉 The projects getting Cloud Services professionals excited
THE CURRENT STATE OF CLOUD SERVICES
- Cloud technologies are dominated by three service providers.
- As companies continue to sustain a Hybrid working model, businesses across a range of sectors are shifting from on-premise infrastructures to becoming cloud-first.
- ‘Cloud’ skills and experiences were the most in-demand talent attributes in 2021.
- The rapid rise in Cloud-based IT infrastructure is creating a gap in the supply & demand of experienced Cloud IT professionals.
- The cloud technologies market and corresponding skillsets are shaped by an array of infrastructure as service or platform as a service technologies.
BEHIND THE DEMAND FOR CLOUD SERVICES PROFESSIONALS
Cloud Services is the delivery of infrastructure, platforms, or software that are hosted by third-party vendors and made available through the internet. These resources include tools and applications like data storage, servers, databases, networking, and software applications.
The increase in reliance on cloud services technologies is driven by companies focused on delivering greater results rather than focusing on resources.
With so many people transitioning to working remotely, cloud computing and access to cloud services is playing a major role in the way many companies do business – whether it’s creating a virtual space for meetings, providing remote collaboration tools, or reducing the need for hard copy file storage.
85% of businesses worldwide are currently using cloud technology to store information, and market analysts indicate the cloud services market value could reach $623.3 billion by 2023.
With this, companies are actively investing in skilled people over investment on hardware and other on-site infrastructure – meaning the demand for IT & Tech talent with skills aligned to Cloud tech is high.
CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDER MARKET SUMMARY
With the world pushing beyond on-premises limits, the IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) market is bulking up. It stands to see
a shade over a $136 billion upsurge by 2025 as organizations are bullish about cloud adoption to avoid backup issues, scaling barriers, storage limits, and server management hassles.
Cloud platforms have come a long way from being just virtual machines to now becoming treasure troves of services.
Provision of Cloud services is largely controlled by three providers. AWS is enjoying dominance by securing around 32% of the global market share, while Microsoft Azure follows AWS with 19% of the global market share. And, GCP is in third place with a global market share of 10%.
WORLDWIDE CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES SPEND
Three Cloud service providers hold a commanding lead in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) market, accounting for 58% of total cloud spend in 2021.
Amazon Web Services
The current market leader of the cloud services, Amazon Web Services is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. AWS is the most mature cloud platform offering a wide range of services to practically everyone: individual developers, large enterprises, and even governments.
Microsoft Azure is the second-largest cloud platform. Debuting in 2010, Azure has evolved into a cloud platform with more than 200 products and services. Today, it is among the fastest-growing cloud platforms. Azure’s array of services are tailored particularly for Microsoft-centric enterprises.
Google Cloud Platform
Alphabet’s cloud offering.Available since 2010, the Google Cloud Platform currently offers over 100 services spanning computing, networking, big data, and more. Today GCP consists of services including Google Workspace, enterprise Android, and Chrome OS.
GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION OF CLOUD SERVICES
The AWS solution dominates the US, South America, most of Europe, India, and plenty of other smaller regions.
Microsoft Azure is prominent in Northern Europe in the Scandinavian region, as well as Poland, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Portugal.
Alibaba is the most popular service provider in China, where it has more than 40% of the market share.
Google Cloud Platform does not dominate cloud services solutions in any part of the world.
WHAT PAAS OR IAAS DO GLOBAL TECH COMPANIES USE?
By understanding the distribution of Cloud services and which major tech companies are claimed as clients, you can gain useful insight to use in your search for top-tier talent – particularly if enterprise-level experience is a requirement.
RISE OF THE CLOUD SERVICES EXPERT
With a Cloud-based systems rapidly becoming a necessity in today’s business operations, so too has there been a shift in demand for IT & technology professionals that identify as Cloud Services professionals.
Job designations and remits in Cloud Services vary widely, but the catch-all designation of Cloud Engineer dominates. This is because a Cloud Engineer can perform a variety of functions: from building, maintaining and monitoring cloud services, to ensuring the infrastructure runs effectively and remains secure. As a result of this dexterity, we see many smaller organizations often looking to hire a single cloud engineer as a generalist.
In contrast, larger enterprise-level organisations are more likely to break the role up into multiple, skilled specialisms including cloud architects, cloud software developers, cloud system engineers and cloud network engineers.
The great generalist, cloud engineers work with the engineering team to implement cloud-based solutions, define best practices and strategies before deploying them to the broader team, provide guidance. They also ensure that the application performs well, manage cloud environments, and maintain security and quality guidelines.
This role entails creating functions, applications or databases which run in the cloud. It’s often more complicated than traditional software development as different internet browsers and functions in varying locations must be considered.
Cloud administration is like the traditional system administrator’s role; in that, they manage a businesses hardware and software – only this time it’s cloud-based. They must develop and implement policies for using the cloud, establishing a secure cloud environment and ensuring the cloud is accessible and available when needed. This is where firewalls and protecting sensitive data come into play, particularly with the cloud-services “shared” model.
Cloud Solution Architect
This refers to the configuration of cloud-based systems, from ensuring the correct people have access to the right services to enabling security services. It involves reviewing contracts to use cloud-based services, ensuring that companies have appropriate amounts of storage and assessing the fine print details.
MARKET RATES FOR CLOUD SERVICES EXPERTS
Highly in-demand and well paid, cloud professionals command some of the highest salaries in IT & Tech, earning an average of $115,859 per year worldwide – 25.9% more than the average across all IT professions.
According to our research, some of the best paid and most sought-after roles in Cloud Services are Cloud Architect and Cloud Engineer.
The second-highest-paid positions are in Cloud Architecture & design, averaging $98,880, followed by project management for $98,364 and network security for $97,452.
AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARIES FOR CLOUD SERVICES EXPERTS IN THE UAE
MARKET COMPARISONS: AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARIES – CLOUD SERVICES
WHAT PROJECTS ATTRACT CLOUD SERVICES PROFESSIONALS
It’s clear, Cloud Services is one of the most in-demand skillsets in the talent market, with companies vying for position to attract the best people. However, what projects are demanding the attention of the talent in question? As part of our research, we surveyed our community to find out what project scope would turn heads and be an attractive prospect to a skilled engineer.
1.Data Mining Applications in Cloud Projects
2.Developing Eco-Friendly & sustainable based data centers
4.Online Automation of a University Campus/College
5.Remote controlled smart devices
6.Cloud-based Project in healthcare & Pharma Sector
7.Public Transportation & Travel Ticketing
8.Smart Traffic Management (STM)
9.Detecting Data Leaks Using SQL
10.Encrypted Cloud Storage
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