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How A Cloud architect is different from DevOps role ?

vskumarcloud-build-cloud-architect.pngHow A Cloud architect is different from DevOps practices ?

We have been watching on lot of FB Groups and ad sites as “learn DevOps/AWS”. In general everybody believe with these stickers/posters they need to learn AWS and DevOps together is a must for any Modern technology professional.

When we talk about AWS and DevOps they are two different work streams.

Now, one might get the below questions in their mind.

  1. Is a Cloud Architect need to be expert to work on DevOps activities also ?
  2. What are the activities related to Cloud architect ?
  3. Why the Cloud architect need not bother on DevOps ?

Now, let us analyze them as below:

The role of the cloud architect is to migrate the existing IT infrastructure setup into the cloud services. The cloud services can be AWS or Azure or Google cloud [GC] or Alibaba, etc.

From the below picture one can have clarity if they have experience in traditional Infrastructure building  practice.

How to create AWS S3 Bucket

This role need to understand clearly on the usage of those vendor related [AWS/AZURE/GC/Alibaba] cloud services and should have command on mapping the current traditional infrastructure setup to map to the cloud services and plan/design for its transformation with the additional benefits to the management in view of cost and easy operation.

Once the modern application architecture/infrastructure in cloud is operational, then the management can think of introducing the DevOps practices.

To work on DevOps practices, each Cloud services vendor provides their own setup or tools at different processes or pipeline stages. To do these tasks a separate role professionals are required, who are called DevOps Engineers. At this point the role of the cloud Architect is he/she can guide them on the available infrastructure with the Cloud vendor. As per the Cloud architect planning/guidelines the DevOps engineers need to adopt the relevant tools/processes. Basically all the setup is going to be on IAC [Infrastructure As A Code] technics. There can be Configuration tools to create the IAC for different environments. At this point the Cloud architect can monitor these tools implementation as a part of cloud infrastructure implementation.

So, the Cloud architect do not need to make his/her fingers dirty with tools/commands to implement the DevOps processes.

For example; If you read the roles of AWS with different certifications, they mention Solution Architect [SA] separately from DevOps engineer role. They have multiple roles like; Sys ops, Developer, etc. All these roles need to be expert in making their fingers dirty with the relevant AWS services usage/implementation efficiently and effectively . But here the Cloud Architect [which is SA in view of AWS] role is to monitor on their activities only. He/She doesn’t need to put the fingers into techie stuff.

Hope I have given clarity for the above questions.

I get lot of enquiries; as they want to do AWS/DevOps both the courses together. I understood due to lot of training vendors are making their posters on social for their business, these experienced professionals are getting confusion as they need to learn both.

Now, I would like to ask the below questions to you as this blog reader after the above understanding;

Do a modern technology professional need to learn Cloud services and also the DevOps as mandatory ? [Ex: Which is DevOps/AWS].

Answer: It is not. They can choose One route only. If he/she came from the real work experience of Sysadmin/Sys engineer role, the past experiences need to be utilized efficiently in IT Industry. Hence the Scalable role is Cloud architect. In view of AWS it is SA. But they need to have very good command in understanding the traditional architecture and also the cloud services to establish a well suited conversion plan. This role person is responsible to  show ROI [Return On Investment] also to the management.

You can also compare the SAA Salary among all the roles being played with AWS:

See the difference on the salary amounts to seek your role as per your professional potentiality.

Question: In the current job market in the JDs they ask on DevOps also for Cloud role why ?

Answer: Please let us note; Many organizations they wanted to use the same resource for Cloud and DevOps Architect/Engineer role to save their IT budget. But they offer more salary for these multi skills. Not only this scenario, there are many companies use multi-cloud technology for their BCP. They will ask these skills also. The skills acceleration is mandated for every Professional now a days. The more skills you acquire the early, your CTC is going to touch the Sky ASAP.

Also, Visit:

https://vskumar.blog/2019/03/04/how-best-you-can-utilize-cloud-architect-role-as-an-efficient-it-management-practitioner/

Do you want to know the size of the Cloud job market globally if yes, visit:

https://vskumar.blog/2019/02/14/what-will-be-the-size-of-cloud-market-in-it-by-2022/

To know the real articulation of SA, Visit for my AWS SAA class video:

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1. AWS IAC: How many ways you can use IAC for automation ?

Folks,

In this Blog I would like to add my IAC related sessions at one place.

If you want to know what is IAC, scroll bottom. The past blog contents are also copied for definitions.

How do you plan an IAC [Infrastructure As Code] ?

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When you are working for DevOps practices, the following question I would like to ask…

How do you plan an IAC [Infrastructure As Code] ?

You or your team member might be expert in Configuration tools.

But without having clear environment specifications these tools will not have any AI to get your environment.

When we do IAC as part of Devops practices, we also need to do identification of Infrastructure needs for different environments.

At that time one need to do the following activities also.

This is not only for a Cloud Architect, even for a DevOps practitioners it is mandatory.

Look into the discussion video mentioned in the below URL.

Please note unless you give specifications to DevOps Engineer he/she can not build sustainable environment.

Your prior planning is very essential.

Cloud architect: How to build your Infrastructure planning practice ?

https://vskumar.blog/2018/12/04/1-cloud-architect-how-to-build-infrastructure-planning/

Stage2: POC activities samples for AWS CodeBuild

Folks, Greetings!

In this blog, I would like to keep posting the relevant sample videos of Stage2 Course on CodeBuild of AWS.

There are different participants with different IT roles background, they attend my courses. Each participant might do differently the POCs and also their project reviews are totally different. You will see some of them here. Each video has a detailed description, that should give a clear picture on the series of the steps we follow during this AWS CodeBuild process. In the blog, I have continued from the CodeCommit phase onwards the POCs. You can also see the Stage2 Course contents discussion video in this blog.

You can see the basics of the DevOps process video links also in the video description.

In the below video, we have discussed on the POC review of CodeCommit in the 1st part and 2nd part there was introduction on the AWS CodeBuild.

You can see the below video on how the Cloud cum DevOps Architect coaching has been designed:

If you want to know the Stage2 Course details, you can see the below video:

Coaching: How the traditional IMS roles can be transformed into Cloud Services roles ?

To know the history of the IMS roles till the Cloud era, you should watch this video.

What IT roles can vanish with Cloud transition ? 

If you are in the below roles, in the current recession you will be targeted for pinkslip among the IT professionals as 1st exit group. What you need to do on your career replan. Please see/follow the blog/videos with patience. 

As per my observation and practice with the trending technology [Cloud], all the Cloud services vendors have inbuilt serverless computing for many services. The following roles are going to be vanished or reskilled. But if they are kept under recession staff cut, these professionals need to take care of their career.

1. DBA:–>The DBA tasks are embedded as part of these services. So the DBAs used to sit hours together in the past to perform many mundane tasks. Now these all are automated. For details you can see the below video:

2. Similarly, many other tasks are related to infra roles; Network admin/Sys-Admin are also automated through Cloud services.

3. As a consolidation all these 3 roles are clubbed into one role of Cloud Engineer. This role’s major task is to automate all the Cloud setup related activities under IAC[Infrastructure As Code]. In future only the IAC will sustain to save the cost to IT by automating the cloud setup creation activity.

4. If any professional need to compete with this role means; they need to understand the Infra needs and the past roles tasks in depth. Along with the multiple Infra related architecture scenarios, with in-depth knowledge on Cloud technology. Then only they can analyze the IAC requirements clearly to write the code and test it. This is the domain analysis and design activity they need to consider apart from the Cloud technology learning.

5. We can also see the Storage engineer role. All the Cloud vendors have the Cloud Storage services. With them mundane tasks creation/maintenance is vanished. Hence this role also will not exist.

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IT-SDLC-Roles

The below video has the discussion on: A) What IT Roles can vanish after migrating to Cloud? B) How the roles/tasks are being transformed to Cloud through serverless computing technology ? C) Why anybody can learn and do the past Infra roles with Cloud ? D) What all they need to learn ? E) How the organizations can demand an employee to convert into modern technology before taking a decision for a pink slip serving ?
Finally, what are the following roles and their tasks:
Traditional Infrastructure building roles:
1.Network Admin/Engineer
2.System Administrator
3.Database Administrator
4. Deployment Engineer

Technical Roles:
1.Developer
2.Test Engineer/Analyst

F) Among the above which role can pickup faster the Cloud/DevOps Automation technology ?
G) Then How these roles can perform in Cloud  with faster deployment ?
H) Why and how the manpower reduction happen after Cloud implementation ?

I) Why do you need to learn from the experienced IT mentors to transform into modern technology ?

K) Some people say, they can learn by self. How much they can learn and cope-up with the current market needs on various technologies to settle in modern technology ? [refer to point#5 in this blog].

L) Why do you need to spend/invest  more money to re-settle in the modern technology ?

Note: Along with this video, there are multiple blogs I have published with Videos links to make awareness to the IT Professionals. You see those blogs from this site itself.

For further understanding please read the below text:

In the current IT World Cloud computing became regular practice for any IT Professional. Any cloud services we use, we need to know the current/traditional infrastructure setup. But every IT professional may not have that background/knowledge to understand. Because in this industry each of us played  different roles.

The Infra activities handled IT Professional only will come to know this knowledge and will have experience. But the industry needs every IT employee need to know this knowledge apart from the Cloud service provider [Ex: AWS, Azure, GC, etc..] products operations. [Eventhough, if you are a certified Solutions architect with that Cloud service provider.]

Then only whoever the professionals are certified they will be able to use these products/services and implement them under cloud setup. Hence the Infra domain knowledge or experience is mandated for every IT professional who is working for Cloud services or in that infra setup. I have been hearing during Cloud professionals recruitment the interviewers are keeping some questions on this area also. If one understand the Network domain setup then only they will be able to design the Cloud architecture. Hence more employers are worried to have this domain knowledge with the Certified and recruited Cloud professionals.

I have started a Cloud Practices group to educate/share the IT professionals with this domain knowledge. The below link can be used to join/apply:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/585147288612549/about/

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