Top 5 In-Demand Enterprise Storage Jobs

Enterprise storage has evolved dramatically over the years. It has gone from just passive data storage to active data manipulation to achieve business goals. As enterprise storage needs increase, jobs in the storage arena become more and more sought after by IT professionals, with the demand only expected to increase as the digital age continues to expand and grow. 

Understanding the Cloud Storage Market

The cloud storage market size was valued at $46.12 billion in 2019, and it’s projected to reach $222.25 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 21.9% from 2020 to 2027, according to Allied Market Research. The driving factor for this growth can be attributed to the huge number of enterprise applications that make use of storage facilities. This makes sense as more companies move their infrastructure to public clouds, such as Microsoft Azure, Alibaba, IBM Cloud, Google Cloud Storage, and AWS. 

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Top 5 Enterprise Storage Jobs

Enterprise storage is an ever-evolving field. Organizations are always looking to the future, seeking the latest innovations. Thanks to the huge recent growth in storage, these jobs and skills are in-demand.

Cloud Administrator

Cloud administrators manage their organization’s workloads on public cloud platforms, they handle their organization’s cloud computing services. 

Responsibilities

The cloud administrator is responsible for managing, monitoring network, storage, and maintaining cloud computing platforms and other related hardware and software systems, with proficiency using Linux and Windows server operating systems.  

Job Requirements 

Unix and Windows: Knowledge of both Unix and Windows is key to becoming a cloud administrator. It’s all about knowing where to access files, how to go about troubleshooting hardware problems in each operating system.

Virtualization: Cloud administrators, who typically oversee storage servers, use virtualization software to ensure that all necessary applications are always running.  

Infrastructure as a Code: It is important for Cloud Administrators to know how to use Infrastructure as a Code tool to help with managing deployments of new or existing applications in their environments.

Data management: Cloud administrators ensure that data is safe, secure, and readily available when needed. This means performing regular backups of all company data, and knowing how to recover from a disaster.

Containers: Cloud administrators need to understand how to set up, configure, and deploy containers on various virtualization platforms or software-defined storage solutions. 

Education Qualifications

A degree in computer science, information technology, or other related field is required. Certification courses such as Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Red Hat Certified System Administrator in OpenStack are added bonuses.

Cloud Administrator Salary

According to Glassdoor, the average salary for a Cloud Administrator is $75,398 per year in the United States. 

Cloud Engineer

Cloud Engineers are adept at implementing solutions that leverage PaaS, SaaS, IaaS, and ERP Systems. A Cloud Engineer focuses on designing, deploying, and operating large-scale, distributed systems that support business operations across multiple sectors.

Responsibilities

  • Create and implement cloud-based apps.  
  • Automate various stages of the development process.
  • Develop a recovery strategy to account for potential downtime or failure scenarios. 
  • Implementing adequate access control for cloud services to maintain data integrity.

Job Requirements 

  • Proficiency in a variety of programming languages, such as SQL, Java, Python, Ruby, Golang, PHP, and.NET
  • Familiarity with MySQL and Hadoop, as well as cloud database administration
  • Well-versed in the Linux operating system, which is commonly used in cloud development, including  familiarity with Linux server architecture, maintenance, and administration.
  • Thorough understanding of one of the cloud platforms.
  • Understand DevOps methodologies and tools, such as Puppet, Chef, Git, Docker, and so on. 
  • A thorough grasp of APIs and web services is required.

Education Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Engineering, Master’s degree a plus.
  • Vendor Certification such as AWS Solutions Architect, Cloud Security Certification, and/or OpenStack is an added bonus.

Cloud Engineer Salary

According to Glassdoor, the average salary for a Cloud Engineer is $111,165 per year in the United States.

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Cloud Security Analyst

A Cloud Security Analyst is responsible for managing cloud security, risk mitigation, and compliance. A cloud security analyst will often work closely with security managers, system administrators, and engineers to design, configure and maintain cloud-based systems. 

Responsibilities

A cloud security analyst is responsible for monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on cloud-based systems to ensure they’re working as intended. This can include protecting these systems from malicious attacks, detecting data breaches, and ensuring data retention guidelines are met. A cloud security analyst often uses analytical skills to identify vulnerabilities in system security or regulatory compliance. 

Job Requirements

  • Knowledge and understanding of cloud security concepts, technologies, and best practices, such as automation and secure containerization frameworks. 
  • Experience with cloud security technologies, and architecture. 
  • Knowledge of security technologies, such as firewalls configuration, two-factor authentication, malware, and intrusion protection and detection tools.
  • Experience with cloud security, monitoring, and auditing tools such as CASB, SIEM, AWS Security Hub, CloudTrail, CloudWatch, GuardDuty, Azure Security & Compliance Center,  OCI Cloud Security Monitoring, and GCP Security Command Center.

Education Qualifications

Degree or equivalent experience in Cybersecurity, Information Security, Computer Science, or related field.

Cloud Security Analyst Salary

The average cloud security analyst salary in the USA is $101,865 per year, according to talent.com.

Data Engineer

A data engineer designs and implements a system for processing and analyzing large volumes of data. They maintain a large distributed computing system, either managing cloud resources or working with a hybrid model that uses a combination of cloud and on-premises data resources. Data engineers need to be adept at processing, storing, and retrieving all types of files from multiple sources.

Responsibilities

Data engineers are responsible for managing various cloud systems to support an organization’s data-driven initiatives; they develop data-related instances, maintain and test data pipelines, manage data and meta-data, and they also track pipeline stability.

Job Requirements

  • Knowledge of at least one of these programming languages such as Python, C/C#, Golang, Java, Ruby, SQL is required.
  • BI tools knowledge
  • Knowledge of ETL tools
  • Understand machine learning frameworks and libraries

Education Qualifications

A degree in computer science, computer engineering, business, electrical engineering, or other related field is required.

Data Engineer Salary

The average salary for a data engineer is $112,493 annually in the United States, according to Glassdoor.

Data Scientist

The data scientist is responsible for managing and analyzing large data sets. The Data Scientist is a hybrid between a statistician and an engineer that combines knowledge of business analytics, data modeling, predictive modeling, econometrics, applied statistics, and programming skills. 

Responsibilities

  • Identifying data sources that are relevant to company needs. 
  • Data collection, both organized and unstructured. 
  • Obtaining data that is lacking. 
  • Organizing data into a format that may be used. 
  • Modeling and prediction. 
  • Creating algorithms for machine learning. 
  • Increasing the efficiency of data collecting.

Job Requirements

  • Understand programming languages such as python, R, SQL.
  • Familiarity with the following tools, Tableau, PowerBI, and Excel.
  • Knowledge of big data software frameworks such as Hadoop and Apache Spark.
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis.

Education Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in data science, statistics, or computer science, or a related field is required. Master’s degrees and  PhDs are usually a big boost. 

Data Scientist Salary

The average salary for a Data Scientist is $96,551 per annum, according to Payscale.

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