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Nasir H.
$65/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Ubiquiti
  • MikroTik RouterOS
  • RADIUS
  • Network Administration
  • System Administration
  • Network Security
  • PfSense
  • Network Engineering
  • Ansible
  • WiFi
  • VPN
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert
  • Cloud Computing
  • Python
  • PHP

A CCIE certified networks and systems specialist with 10+ years of experience in designing, configuring, troubleshooting, and documenting diverse IT scenarios for ISPs, enterprises and startups. I have extensive hands-on experience of the following vendors' devices: - Cisco - Aruba - Ubiquiti - Mikrotik - Huawei These days I'm heavily involved with the development and integration of WiFi Captive Portals for Ubiquiti, Mikrotik, OpenWRT, Cisco and Aruba Access Points. In addition to that, I'm involved in combining web application development with networking for solving unique problems in the network automation space. I have implemented...

Mahmoud A.
$65/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Windows Server
  • Azure
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Microsoft Windows Powershell
  • Microsoft Exchange Online
  • Exchange Server
  • Cloud Computing

Microsoft cloud consultant with over nine years of experience in Microsoft Solutions and Digital Transformation, for the last nine years I've been Providing Professional services, creating customized solutions to address specific customer requirements, improve overall productivity, and increase efficiency. Delivering a number of projects for large enterprises including consultation, design, scoping, planning, migration, and technical documentation. 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 (𝐖𝐅𝐇) 𝐒𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐭: * Remote Desktop Gateway Farm integrated with Azure MFA * Remote secure desktops with Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) on...

Christian C.
$100/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • iPhone
  • Microservice
  • Terraform
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Windows Powershell
  • DevOps
  • Cloud Engineering Consultation
  • Android Smartphone
  • Azure App Service
  • Application Integration
  • System Administration
  • API Integration
  • Docker
  • Azure IoT HuB
  • Microsoft Endpoint Manager
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Architecture
  • Kubernetes

A visionary and strategic Cloud Solutions Architect with an extensive background with various Microsoft cloud technologies and driving the overall vision, architecture, execution, and delivery strategy for mission-critical systems and platforms. I am adept at partnering with key stakeholders to identify process improvement and structuring implementation procedures to resolve tricky business and technical challenges. I'm a certified Azure Architect with over 17 years of experience in the medical and transportation, and logistics fields within Fortune 500 companies and startups. This experience includes architecting and implementing device...

George B.
$60/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • QuickBase
  • QlikView
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Access Programming
  • Business Analysis
  • Cloud Computing
  • Zoho Creator
  • API Development
  • Tableau
  • Database Maintenance
  • Database Architecture
  • ETL
  • Database Design
  • Database Report
  • Database Testing

Do you have departmental workflow and/or business application project requirements. No project too small or too large. Is your organization ready for true information collaboration. I will help you define your business requirements and then build and test the application that meets your needs. With low code application development platforms like QuickBase, Caspio, Knack, AirTable, Zoho Creator or QlikView, there is no longer a need to buy an off the shelf solution that meets 80% of your needs where the 20% functionality sits on the shelf wasting away. I have been developing applications for my clients in the low code cloud based...

manmeet s.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Microsoft Azure
  • System Administration
  • Amazon EC2
  • Microsoft SQL Server Administration
  • Cloud Computing
  • VMware Administration
  • Microsoft Office 365 Administration
  • Windows Administration
  • DevOps
  • Configuration Management
  • Information Security Consultation

Leadership, learning and technical expertise. Put them together and you have me. Experienced IT professional with over twenty-two years of experience with infrastructure architecture development and implementation, network administration, sales engineering, network support, user support. Quick learner, unafraid to try new things. Client/customer-oriented. Driven by results. I am certified IT Professional with rich IT experience in AWS, Microsoft, Vmware, Freshworks, DevOps, OVHCloud and Google products. I have worked in various industries including Information Technology, Web Development, Financial and Stock Exchange Broker. More than...

Marc W.
$145/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server Administration
  • MySQL
  • IT Management
  • Amazon EC2
  • Amazon S3
  • Amazon RDS
  • AWS Lambda
  • Database Administration
  • AWS Server Migration
  • Security Infrastructure
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Application Security

Vastly experience IT expert and top ranked AWS consultant on Upwork that specializes in AWS consulting and migrating business environments, applications and data centers to the AWS cloud. Certified AWS Solutions Architect and AWS Certified Security - Specialty and specialist at creating secure, highly available and cost efficient environments in the AWS cloud that meet all modern compliance standards such as HIPAA, PCI and SOC2. AWS instructor and SME for Simplilearn, an online IT training and certification site and instructor for A Cloud Guru, world leader in cloud computing training. Over 15 years experience of in-house IT consulting...

Andrew S.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Microsoft SCCM
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Hyper V
  • IT Management
  • Helpdesk
  • Windows Server
  • Cloud Computing
  • Microsoft Endpoint Manager

As a Top Rated Plus Freelancer, I am one of the Top 3% Skilled Talented Freelancers on Upwork 95 Satisfied Customers on Upwork -- 2500 working hours on Upwork -- Customers from all over the globe. ✔ +14 years of working experience in the IT industry (IT Infrastructure). ✔ Proficient in MS products and a good understanding of (Office 365- Microsoft Azure-ConfigMgr (Current Branch)-Endpoint Manager (Intune)-Active directory-DNS-DHCP-Group Policies-Windows Server). ✔ Good customer support skills and infrastructure project management skills. ✔ Good communicator and good team player as part of a global IT team and projects. ✔ IT Help Desk...

Richard C.
$120/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Cloud Migration
  • Cloud Security
  • Azure
  • Azure App Service
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  • Network Engineering
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Architecture
  • Cloud Engineering Consultation

🌟 Upwork Top Rated Microsoft Certified Azure Professional 🌟 | Cloud Implementation/Migration Strategy | Azure Virtual Desktop Specialist | Secure Infrastructure & Engineering | Azure Networking, VPN, and Azure Services Configuration 🌟 I simply help you get to the Cloud with Azure. 🌟 20+ years of professional IT experience. 🥇These client reviews, which can be found in my completed jobs section, represents the level of 100% success and satisfaction, professionalism, dedication, and value I bring to the table and outlines what you can expect from working with me: "Richard has been one of the best Upwork freelancer's that I have...

Phu L.
$35/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Helpdesk
  • Server
  • Computer Network
  • Azure
  • VMWare
  • Windows PowerShell
  • Active Directory
  • Troubleshooting
  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Engineering
  • Microsoft Azure
  • ConnectWise Automate

I have been worked with Manage Service Providers over 6 years and familiar with MSPs process and products for MSP 1. ConnetWise Products - Quosal (CW Sell): + Design template + Setup for startup MSPs, workflow + Integration with CW Manage - ConnectWise Automate (Labtech) + Setup from scratch + Optimize monitoring, deploy software, integration with other AV and utility product (Warranty Master, IT Glue, etc.) + Setup integration with CW Manage + Setup Patch Management for windows workstation and servers - ConnectWise Manage + Setup for startup MSPs + Design workflow, setup best practice + Design invoice template + Design report...

Khushaboo J.
$85/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Kubernetes
  • Amazon ECS for Kubernetes
  • AWS CloudFormation
  • Amazon ECS
  • CI/CD
  • Jenkins
  • Docker
  • Bash Programming
  • Cloud Computing
  • Terraform
  • Automated Monitoring
  • Cloud Engineering Consultation
  • Amazon Web Services
  • DevOps
  • Infrastructure as Code

Expert in Kubernetes/EKS, ECS and cloud formation, with a strong Linux background and 8+ years of experience designing, implementing and managing cutting-edge deployment automation of cloud resources. I can also provide guidance on HA architectures, best security practices, IaC, and any development required within AWS. My DevOps skillset: AWS services (EKS, ECS, ECR, Cloudformation, EC2, S3, Ci/CD) Kubernetes, Docker, Helm, Terraform CI/CD, Jenkins, Bamboo, Bash Script I have a huge experience in cloud infrastructure specially EKS, automation, security, highly scalable systems and implementation of cost-effective solutions. I'm also...

Andrei P.
$120/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Technical Writing
  • Blockchain
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Bitcoin
  • Docker
  • Kubernetes
  • DevOps
  • Software
  • Markdown
  • SaaS
  • Containerization
  • API Documentation
  • AWS Lambda

Hi! I am a technical writer and project manager with more than 10 years of experience working for one of the Fortune 500 companies: Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. I love to write in an accessible style, to break down difficult subjects and make them fresh, relevant, and engaging. My diverse background has allowed me to write engaging content on a variety of subjects including Docker, Kubernetes, DevOps, Microservices, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and IT monitoring, . Once I take on a project I commit to it fully. Whatever format you require for your content, I will bring it to life - ahead of your deadline. Here are a few testimonials...

Ian H.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Email Copywriting
  • SEO Writing
  • Shopify Plus
  • Figma Expert
  • Website Copywriting
  • WordPress Website
  • Ecommerce Store Setup
  • Landing Page
  • Content Marketing
  • Creative Writing
  • Blog Writing
  • Article Writing
  • PHP
  • Website Redesign

I am a proud Brooklynite, avid reader, writing enthusiast, and digital marketing specialist. I have successfully deployed over 500 pages of content as a ghostwriter for businesses of all sizes; ranging from fashion and apparel, to the digital marketing and IT industry. My ability to work with various tech startups has given me an edge over other content writers and has enabled me to strategically create and curate content that best fits the needs of my clients. My forte is to develop content that boosts businesses' online presence, with a special focus on SEO and analytics. Looking to revamp your website or improve your ranking on...

Nitin Y.
$45/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Python
  • Linux System Administration
  • Docker
  • Kubernetes
  • ELK Stack
  • Database Administration
  • Jenkins
  • Ansible
  • System Monitoring
  • Spring Boot
  • Solution Architecture

I am DevOps Consultant with a demonstrated history of orchestrating Complex IT infrastructure and implementation of DevOps ideology within the organization. I have strong teams of DevOps with certified Aws Architects and are AWS Consulting partner. Technical Expertise in:- ● Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform Architecture design and deployment. ● Blockchain and Big Data DevOps . ● Machine Learning Model deployments. ● Docker deployments over AWS-ECS/Kubernetes/Docker-swarm ● CI/CD using Bitbucket Pipelines, GItlab CI , Jenkins for PHP, React-js, Angularjs, Java, Android, Node or python applications ● Configuration Management...

Eeshan C.
$60/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Demo Presentation
  • Lean Startup
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Design Thinking
  • Product Design
  • Statistics
  • SQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • Product Strategy
  • Data Analysis
  • Product Management
  • Minimum Viable Product
  • Business Intelligence
  • R
  • Data Science
  • Big Data
  • User Experience Design

A Design Thinker, Product Manager and an AI Solutions Architect with ~10 years of building both B2B and B2C data first products and apps, big data solutions and machine learning algorithms. Versatile experience working with big brands, startups and emerging unicorns. Proficiencies: - Product Strategy & Roadmap - Product Market fit & Competitor Research - Product Design - Wire-framing, UX and usability research - Rapid prototype development - Product refreshes - Agile project management - Scrum, Kanban & XP; wearing the Product Owner & Scrum Master hats - Creating Epics, User Stories, acceptance criteria - Very familiar with deployment...

Sahil D.
$25/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Terraform
  • Cloud Computing
  • Linux System Administration
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Docker
  • AWS Fargate
  • Information Security Consultation
  • Amazon EC2
  • AWS CodeDeploy
  • DevOps
  • Amazon ECS
  • CI/CD
  • AWS CloudFormation
  • DevOps Engineering
  • Containerization

🎖🎖Certified AWS Architect/DevOps Engineer, having 9+ years of experience Achievements: ✌✌3800+ hours on Upwork ✌✌ 46 successfully delivered projects ✌✌Top Rated Plus Badge ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Skills and Experience • CI/CD • Docker • Terraform • Jenkins • Kubernetes • DevSecOps • Amazon Web Services (AWS): EC2, ECS, S3, IAM, Lambda, Route 53, CloudFront, CloudFormation, RDS, etc; • Automated Tests • Architecture Solutions • Ansible • Apache, Tomcat, and Nginx • Git/SVN • Linux (Ubuntu/RedHat/CentOS) • Bash Script • Powershell • SQL/ NoSQL • Programming Languages (Python, Java, PHP,...

Muhammad S.
$35/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365
  • Customer Service
  • Microsoft Power Automate
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM
  • Microsoft PowerApps
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • JavaScript
  • SQL
  • Solution Architecture Consultation
  • C#
  • ASP.NET
  • RESTful Architecture
  • ASP.NET MVC

A Microsoft Certified Dynamics CRM technical consultant with 7+ years of experience. During my career I have worked on Dynamics 365, Power Platform and .NET technologies implementation of Microsoft Dynamics 365 (greenfield) projects for . My core areas of expertise are C#, ASP .NET, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Moreover, I have also developed web applications for different domains which includes property management, health , energy company and event management. I like to play with new and innovative software development ideas & techniques to develop cutting-edge web apps. 🌟 WHY TO WORK WITH ME OVER OTHER FREELANCERS? 🌟 ✅ Always Add...

Avery K.
$75/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Windows Administration
  • Cloud Computing
  • Amazon S3
  • Amazon EC2
  • Cloud Security Framework
  • Server Virtualization
  • Windows Server
  • AWS Server Migration
  • Process Improvement
  • Troubleshooting
  • WordPress
  • Amazon ECS
  • Office 365
  • Microsoft Exchange Online
  • Microsoft Exchange Server

Experienced Infrastructure Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in AWS, Data Center Technologies, Leadership, Business Process Improvement, Troubleshooting, and Technical Support. Strong information technology professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Information Systems Management from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University.

Phillip K.
$125/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Database Design
  • Microsoft Azure SQL Database
  • Private Cloud
  • DevOps
  • Database Administration
  • Elasticsearch
  • Business Intelligence
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Software Architecture & Design
  • Database Design & Construction

I'm a semi-retired Information Technology Executive with 40+ years' experience in Global IT Management, Large-Scale Enterprise Data Technologies, and Data-Driven Architecture and Development. Data specialties include Microsoft SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Elasticsearch and other RDBMS and NoSQL products. I'm highly experienced in Large-Scale cloud, on-premise, and hybrid enterprise data architectures. While my primary expertise centers around Data Technologies, I also have considerable expertise and experience in DevOps practices and management, CloudOps, Microservice architectures, containerization, and multiple development standards...

Kasra O.
$70/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • ASP.NET
  • Microsoft Azure
  • AngularJS
  • ASP.NET MVC
  • Microsoft SQL Server Administration
  • API Development
  • C#
  • jQuery
  • JavaScript
  • .NET Core
  • Blazor
  • Progressive Web App
  • Architecture Consultation
  • Mobile App
  • Web Application

FULL STACK, experienced and efficient Web and Mobile Application Developer with a wide range of development skills to serve you. 💻 Front-end 🖥 Back-end 🗄️ Database ☁ Cloud With over 10+ years of Web and Mobile Application Development experience working in both the private and public sectors, I have both the knowledge and experience to get your project successfully completed. HOW CAN I HELP WITH YOUR DEVELOPMENT NEEDS❓ I take great pride in re-factoring, strong debugging, and using problem-solving skills with a passion to solve complex business problems and deliver to you the very best and optimized solution for your project. ☑...

Muhammad Hussan U.
$25/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Graphic Design
  • Google Maps API
  • Album Cover Design
  • PSD to WordPress
  • Ebook
  • Stationery Design
  • Icon Design
  • HTML
  • MySQL
  • On-Page SEO
  • Logo Design
  • PHP
  • CSS
  • WordPress
  • Image Processing

Hello, my name is Muhammad Hussan Ullah Khan, I have been a Top-Rated graphic designer, full stack developer, digital marketer and content writer for 10 plus years. I believe in quality, meeting deadlines, and great communication. I am devoted to delivering my clients the results they pay for. Recently I joined a company called Infoetiquette, with the backing of infoetiquette.com any project is achievable with high quality. Please feel free to reach out to discuss projects even if they are unique.

Joydeep R.
$60/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Grafana
  • Kubernetes
  • Docker
  • GitLab
  • Prometheus
  • Amazon ECS
  • Microsoft Azure
  • DevOps
  • Azure DevOps
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • GitHub
  • Amazon SageMaker
  • Cloud Computing
  • CI/CD
  • Python

I have 10 years of industrial experience in handling dotnet development as lead and architect role. Also I have worked on various clouds on Kubernetes , Docker , Helm charts packaging and deployment , Creating infrastructure on Terraform and deploying workloads on Kubernetes . Implementing Istio as service mesh and NGINX Ingress routing configurations on kubernetes. On CICD pipelines I am proficient in working on Gitlab/Azure DevOPS as well . lease connect if you are interested . Services Provided - Cloud Infrastructure - ✔ Cloud VPC Multi cluster multi region and zonal resiliency design. ✔ Security Group and Routes audit. ✔ Subnet...

Awais T.
$100/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Spring Boot
  • Solution Architecture Consultation
  • WordPress
  • CI/CD
  • AWS Fargate
  • Apache Spark
  • Database
  • Containerization
  • NoSQL Database
  • Java
  • Amazon ECS
  • DevOps
  • Data Engineering
  • AWS CloudFormation
  • Microservice
  • React
  • Cloud Computing
  • Spring Framework
  • Serverless Stack

— TOP RATED PLUS Freelancer on UPWORK — EXPERT VETTED Freelancer (Among the Top 1% of Upwork Freelancers) ✅ AWS Infrastructure, DevOps, AWS Architect, AWS Services (EC2, ECS, Fargate, S3, Lambda, DynamoDB, RDS, Elastic Beanstalk, AWS CDK, AWS Cloudformation etc.), Serverless application development, AWS Glue, AWS EMR Frontend Development: ✅ HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, Javascript, React, Angular Backend Development: ✅ JAVA, Spring Boot, Hibernate, JPA, Microservices, Express.js, Node.js Content Management: ✅ Wordpress, WIX, Squarespace Big Data: ✅ Apache Spark, ETL, Big data, MapReduce, Scala, HDFS, Hive, Apache NiFi Database: ✅ MySQL,...

Stuart A.
$195/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Azure
  • Azure DevOps
  • Microsoft Azure
  • AWS Server Migration
  • DevOps
  • Terraform
  • Kubernetes
  • Amazon ECS for Kubernetes
  • Cloud Architecture
  • Azure App Service
  • Infrastructure as Code
  • CI/CD
  • Microsoft Active Directory

🌟 Upwork TOP RATED PLUS 🌟 ✅ US Based Full Time Freelance Cloud Technology Professional ✅ 20+ Years of Professional Experience at Bloomberg, SAP, EMC and Dell ✅ AWS - 14 years experience ✅ Azure - 11 Years experience ✅ GCP - 8 Years experience ✅ Kubernetes (Azure AKS, Amazon EKS and Google GKE) Expert ✅ DevOps and Terraform Expert ✅ Infrastructure as Code (IaC) Specialist ✅ Cloud Logistics, Migration and Automation Expert ✅ Virtualization and Virtualized Workspace Expert (VMWare, Citrix, Microsoft) - 20+ Years Experience Full time freelance technology professional based on the East Coast (Atlanta, GA). Expert in Microsoft...

David Z.
$125/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Technical Writing
  • SNMP
  • Computer Network
  • Electronics
  • TCP/IP
  • Economics
  • Scaled Agile Framework
  • Technical Support
  • Hardware Troubleshooting
  • Agile Software Development
  • Zendesk
  • Linux System Administration
  • Virtualization
  • Blog Content
  • Tech & IT

Documentation can make or break the user experience, let's work together to make yours coherent and usable. Users stick with good products they are comfortable with using, and I create documentation that helps build that level of comfort and understanding. I work on the software team in a technical product owner/SAFe product owner at large enterprise in the power and electrical space. In my spare time, I am a the Director of Operations for a non-profit, overseeing the IT ops team. I am a bit of a jack of all trades when it comes to technology. I can hold my own on topics from Google Workspace to cybersecurity to UPS systems and DCIM, and...

Munish G.
$220/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • DevOps
  • Jenkins
  • Terraform
  • Kubernetes
  • Ansible
  • Docker
  • Azure
  • CI/CD Pipelines
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Containerization
  • Git
  • Cloud Computing

Mastered my trade after years of success at Google and Oracle, currently with Cloudwerx, a GCP Premier Partner helping you scale more efficiently and effectively in your cloud journey. My former company, ResourceBusy, has now merged with Cloudwerx to help accelerate the growth of our customers and level of service. **GCP certified Cloud Architect**, **GCP certified Network Engineer**,**GCP certified Security Engineer** and GCP certified Data Engineer**. Experience the difference working with a professional who understands the technology yet knows to keep it simple. 20+ years of experience with DevOps to deploy and manage automated,...

Jonathan C.
$206/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Project Management
  • Spring Framework
  • Machine Learning
  • Database Design
  • Relational Database
  • NoSQL Database
  • Business Analysis
  • Python
  • Recommendation System
  • React
  • Ruby on Rails

I have a UK university PhD, in Artificial Intelligence, and the business skills to match, together with over 20 years of Java, C++, PHP, Delphi, SQL and OOAD experience. I can provide the often overlooked empathy with stakeholders, and the pragmatics to satisfy the needs of management. I have 25 years of competency in the software industry, during which time I have designed and implemented systems used by multi-billion turnover corporations around the world, saving millions of pounds savings per year. My scope in system design and development ranges from individual utilities and embedded operating systems, through to large-scale...

Sudip S.
$110/hr
  • Trophy Icon Cloud Engineer
  • Technical Writing
  • DevOps
  • Cloud Computing
  • SaaS
  • Blog Writing
  • Proofreading
  • Cybersecurity Management
  • White Paper Writing

I am a UK based TOGAF 9 Certified Solution Architect with 15+ years of experience in Technical Content Writing on IT Infrastructure, Cloud, DevOps, Cybersecurity (including DevSecOps & AppSec), Enterprise Service Management (ITSM), and ITIL. Following are some of the topics on which I write almost daily - - Cloud - DevOps - AWS - MS Azure - Google Cloud - Kubernetes - Docker - ITIL and ITSM - ServiceNow - Cybersecurity I also hold a Masters Degree in Computer Application & Mathematics, as a result, I possess the right level of knowledge to write articles on both Legacy and Emerging Technologies. I am also a ServiceNow...

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Moving to the Cloud: What to Know & Who to Hire

What is “The Cloud”?

The cloud is synonymous with modern computing. A majority of businesses—from startups to massive corporations—use it in some capacity to augment or streamline their existing operations, data storage, hosting, and app deployment. So what is the cloud and how is it changing traditional server setups across the globe?

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines the cloud as “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”

In short, it’s allowing companies to reengineer their back-end architectures (servers, databases, application software, and more) and put them in virtual environments where they can be accessed remotely, without requiring physical server hardware of their own. Cloud services (also known as web services) are a blanket way to describe these computing capabilities.

The benefits of using cloud and web service providers

Adopting an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or a platform-as-a-service model (PaaS) from a provider like Heroku can take some of the responsibilities of hosting, maintaining, updating, and scaling up server operations off the hands of developers and IT managers. An IaaS will provide you with all the components you need to build a backend architecture, offering flexibility and plenty of scalability. Note that deploying a site or app’s back end to the cloud with an IaaS requires more configuration, while deploying with a PaaS doesn’t require as much configuration—just enable the services you need within the platform’s environment, push the code to it, and it handles the rest.

While their clients benefit from a virtual environment, cloud service providers themselves have massive data centers that are as big as multiple football fields. These servers are usually set up in a way that some can fail (or, even a majority of them), but not in a way that all of the services will be taken down. It’s important to know that it’s still possible for cloud computing to have a single point of failure, or to have certain services fail.

This has brought about the need for more engineers who know how to integrate, work with, and fix cloud-based operations. You may not need a full-time network engineer if you’re operating in the cloud, but you’ll definitely need a skilled development operations professional to ensure things run smoothly.

Here’s a look at a few of the top providers in the cloud services market:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS): Popular with startups looking to get things going in the cloud for cheap, this platform is also powerful enough for large, enterprise operations.
  • Google Cloud Platform: This popular PaaS offers cloud computing, storage, big data and API services so you can build and launch sites or complex applications in the cloud. It offers things like SQL and NoSQL database services, analytics, virtual machines, all of which can be mixed and matched to suit your needs.
  • Microsoft Azure: An enterprise-level Paas and IaaS cloud provider, it offers mobile and web app deployment and scaling, database services, virtual machines, mobile back ends, machine learning, and more.
  • Heroku: A popular PaaS where applications can be completely built, deployed and run in the cloud.
  • Rackspace: This PaaS offers cloud computing through its infrastructure (either dedicated servers, public cloud, or private cloud, all of which can be mixed and matched for a hybrid environment), or their partnerships with Azure and AWS.
  • Cloud Foundry: This open-source PaaS written in Ruby and Go offers cloud computing services with an enterprise-grade option, Pivotal.
  • Xen Cloud Platform (XCP): This open source virtualization solution that provides cloud computing and back-end virtualization. XCP includes an enterprise-ready set of tools with the Xen Hypervisor, with the Xen API for cloud, storage and networking operations.
  • Oracle: This enterprise giant has made recent updates to its cloud capabilities, helping big businesses leverage the cloud, but also offering small- to medium-sized businesses cloud computing services.
  • Apache Cloudstack: a free, open-source cloud software for creating and deploying cloud services that has excellent support for virtualization and the AWS API.

Beyond data centers: making the move to the cloud

With the rise of the cloud, the server landscape is rapidly changing, with more server-side operations being pushed off-site. Small, medium, and enterprise-level companies can easily expand the size, storage, and processing power of their servers in a way that takes less time, and less money.

For startups in particular, these cloud-based platforms take server upkeep and support off their plates so they can focus on growing their businesses. They also offer flexibility and speed, with the ability to scale up quickly when needed. Scaling up can be hard to do in a physical data center: ordering new hardware, provisioning, and racking, and stacking can take anywhere from three to six weeks. In the cloud, you can provision capacity on the fly.

The key to moving to the cloud is striking the right balance for your organization—whether that’s a hybrid approach or all-in.

Adopting a hybrid cloud approach

A majority of businesses are finding that a hybrid approach works best, leaving some things on traditional, local servers and moving more resource-heavy applications to the cloud. This can be a permanent strategic solution, or a stop along the way to going 100% cloud-based. There are benefits to leaving certain portions of your back-end infrastructure on virtualized local servers or co-located data centers, while moving more resource-heavy applications to the cloud.

For example, migrating a back-end architecture to Amazon Web Services (AWS) allows for automatic scaling, the ability to fail over multiple availability zones, its accommodations for peaky traffic and intensive operations (e.g., some of our machine learning models), and the ability to free up a team to focus on application-specific work rather than solving problems Amazon can address.

Public cloud vs. private cloud

A common approach is to divvy up a server’s workload with a mix of private (onsite) and public (cloud services) clouds. Larger, enterprise companies often opt for a private cloud/onsite server architecture. One reason? Protecting sensitive data.

For some organizations in regulated industries, like finance, there are restrictions on what information they can store in the cloud. Because of this, they have to strike a balance between storing sensitive information on-site while still making it available in the cloud, so they can take advantage of the agility and scalability the cloud offers.

Critical apps are often better suited for a private cloud for security and reliability reasons. The main concerns with critical apps are performance (speed, reliability, and no downtime) and security of your information. A privately hosted cloud is a good bet for these, giving you more control along with the flexibility you want.

Less critical apps like web servers, backup services, and infrastructures are safer in the public cloud. There, you’ll get servers that allow you to free up space on-site, plus the benefit of temporary scalability if you need it, with increased capacity just a click away. Also, a public cloud configuration can even be treated like software code and placed in a repository where developers can edit, adjust, and run tests against your current configuration, which is helpful for ensuring a successful deployment, and for getting the most out of the cloud.

Should you move to the cloud? What to consider before deploying to the cloud

For small businesses, there are some clear advantages to using the cloud—whether it’s going entirely to the cloud, or using a hybrid approach that breaks up your server workload between an on-site infrastructure and the cloud.

The benefits? It’s an invisible, offsite server that you can scale up when and how you want. If you have an application that requires a lot of space, data, or resources, you can shift that over to the cloud while freeing up space in your current setup.

Small businesses can strike a strategic balance between traditional on-site servers and cloud servers, so it’s important to ask yourself a few questions about your setup before choosing the one that’s right for you. And if you're not sure you can always seek the advice from cloud consulting specialists.

  1. Take a look at your existing back-end infrastructure. What are your requirements, and what are your end-user’s requirements? What will diversifying to the cloud do to help with these? Consider compatibility of your server-side software. While some businesses don’t move all of their server-side architecture to the cloud, it’s helpful to ensure cloud compatibility in the components they keep on-site.
  2. Decide what should go where. Plan how you’ll virtualize your back end. If you’re a small business, basic server functions like an email server or an app server could probably stay on-site. Or, apps that don’t require as much data storage could stay local, too. Be sure to prioritize your needs. You may opt to divvy up the workload with a hybrid cloud environment, keeping mini servers on-site to handle smaller workloads, like file sharing servers. These can even be designed to sync up with cloud drives.
  3. What’s your budget? This will help narrow down which cloud service is right for you. The great thing about the cloud? Flexibility. If you start out small and find you need more, you can easily upgrade subscriptions or buy more data—no need to switch out hard drives.
  4. Who should you hire or have on your team to help? Do you have a server professional available to help with maintenance or fixes? Because you don’t have to worry about hardware with cloud servers, it can be a more seamless integration for IT professionals, but it’s not without its quirks. Make sure you have a dev ops engineer who has plenty of experience integrating with the cloud and handling issues with network reliability that can arise.
  5. How scalable does it need to be? How much growth you anticipate in terms of traffic and data for your application or site’s server play a very important role in how you decide to set up your server. You’ll want to be able to expand your server space without having to totally replace it, whether that means starting with a setup that allows you to switch out hard drives for hard drives with more memory, or virtualizing your setup across numerous smaller servers.
  6. Security. Security is always a big concern—if you have very sensitive information being stored on your server, you may opt to keep that on-site while moving less sensitive information to the cloud. Or, go for a private cloud/hybrid cloud environment that allows you to maintain a more secure environment, and lets your IT professionals keep tighter control on what data is stored/shared where.

The need for cloud engineers

From a talent standpoint, running your server operations in the cloud means you won’t need the same network and storage engineers on hand to take care of day-to-day server issues—but maintenance and support won’t be totally off the table.

Look for a cloud server architect with plenty of experience deploying operations to the cloud. Some key skills and expertise to look for in a dev ops engineer are:

  • Configuration management skills: Chef, Puppet, Ansible, etc.
  • Virtualization experience: VMware, Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), Xen, etc.
  • Public cloud experience: Amazon Web Services, Google, Rackspace
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