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Post by Rich Moy on Dec 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Ask any non-technical person in your life to describe the cloud, and that person will probably tell you that it’s where all of their files are stored. That, of course, is very true—but the technology behind it is far more complicated.

That’s where a cloud engineer comes into the picture. Companies rely on cloud-based technologies for a variety of essential business operations, and it’s up to these developers to ensure that everyone’s data can be stored and transferred safely. Even though the role is somewhat new to the technology landscape, it’s no secret to any engineering manager that they’re in high demand.

Struggling to find the right candidates? Use this guide to identify the right people to manage and maintain your cloud.

Know Where They Spend Their Free Time

Like most of the top tech candidates, the types of cloud operations engineers you’ll want to hire often think about code in their free time. Sites like Spiceworks’ Cloud Computing & SaaS Forum, Microsoft’s Technet Forums, and the Cloud Computing Forums by Tom’s Hardware are a few of the most popular sites amongst cloud developers looking to share their work or get advice. Additionally, they often turn to the Server Fault and Web Apps communities on the Stack Overflow network of Q&A sites.

When you click on any of the links above, you’ll see one thing in common: a lot of code. The good news is that all of these sites can still be useful to you as a tech recruiter. But you shouldn’t use them to spam developers about your open positions.

After reading through a few threads, you should be able to identify some of the challenges that cloud engineers are trying to solve, the problems they’re running into, and the technology trends they’re most excited about. These topics can be incredibly useful when you write a recruitment email or talk to a developer in person. In either scenario, ask the candidate a few questions about what you’ve read and what you’d like to learn more about. They’re all excellent talking points that show candidates that you’ve done your research.

Understand Their Biggest Challenges at Work

Browsing and participating in cloud development forums is a great way to learn more about the specifics behind their projects. But if you want to get their attention, you should also have a high-level understanding of the challenges they face at work every day.

Here are a few unique things that cloud operations engineers tackle any time they build an application.

  • Ensuring data security over third-party applications. According to Dina Destreza at Business2Community, cloud computing presents additional risks because essential services often get outsourced to a third party.
  • Making cloud services work like traditional web applications. Bob Violino at InfoWorld says that developers often find it difficult to configure a traditional web application to work on the cloud. He adds, “With an application that you develop in the cloud before bringing back to run locally, you might need to test against a legacy system that you can't simply copy onto a cloud service.”
  • Performance and bandwidth costs. Lisa Jacob at IQVIS says that bandwidth costs for data-intensive cloud applications can be incredibly high. She adds, “Delivering and receiving exhaustive and intricate data over the network needs sufficient bandwidth to hold off latency and application timeouts.”

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