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Who is a Cloud Architect?

With cloud computing gaining bigger ground, it is time to define or at least describe the new role Cloud Architect. Here is a description of a cloud architect in terms knowledge he/she has to posses.  

1. An understanding of most cloud computing technology, both private and public. This is the tough one. Try keeping up with this space for even a month. It's exhausting. However, those who build cloud solutions need to have a holistic understanding of the available technology, including its proper function and use. This means understanding all OpenStack and CloudStack products, management tools, cloud security solutions, and of course where Amazon Web Services (AWS) fits in the mix.
2. An understanding of architectural best practices going back 20 years. The ability to design cloud solutions is based on architectural procedures and methods that go way back. If you understand what those are and have experience using those approaches, you won't end up reinventing the wheel in the world of cloud computing. This includes both service-oriented architecture (SOA) and more traditional enterprise architecture approaches.
3. A willingness to rethink what doesn't work to find what does. Much of cloud computing architect's job is trying new things, seeing if they work, and if not, finding alternatives that deliver. The best architects have open minds around the use of technology and are always moving to the optimal solution. But remember: Just because something works does not mean it's the right solution.
4. A willingness to work with and understand the business. Successful cloud computing solutions are those that align directly with the needs of the business, and cloud architects need to understand the business and work directly with the stakeholders. Many tech pros tend to get caught up in the technology and not understand the core business problems that need solving. That leads nowhere good.
Some cloud architects exist today, but most still need to be created. If you follow my guidance, you can more easily find a good one -- or become one yourself. The  source article is from Info-world.

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