Cloud computing is one of the fastest-growing technologies today. It has been around for over a decade, but its popularity is increasing rapidly. Cloud computing has brought about important changes in how businesses operate and how they interact with their customers. Cloud management skills are becoming increasingly important for IT professionals who want to succeed in this industry. In this article, I discuss 13 key cloud management skills that every aspiring cloud engineer should be able to demonstrate before entering a position as an IT professional at a cloud provider or solution provider.

 Top 13 Cloud Management skills to learn

Top 13 Cloud Management skills to learn
 Top 13 Cloud Management skills to learn

1. Software development

Software development is a broad term that encompasses many different programming languages and techniques. It's the process of creating or modifying software, including designing, implementing, testing and maintaining it. Software development can be seen as the design phase (1), followed by coding (2) in which code is written for an algorithm or procedure. The final stage involves testing out these ideas by creating prototypes (3) before they're ready for release into production environments where users interact with them on a daily basis.

Software development skills also include working with databases like MySQL or Postgresql because these are crucial to storing data within applications' databases so that no matter how many times you change something around in your application codebase it will still work just fine without any need to worry about losing any important information stored within those databases due to ongoing changes made throughout its lifetime!

2. Understanding IT infrastructure

Understanding IT infrastructure is a crucial skill that can help you achieve more in your career. It’s important to understand the various components of the IT infrastructure, as well as their relationship with each other. For example, if you want to become a Cloud Administrator or Architect and work with cloud computing platforms such as AWS and Azure etc., then knowing how these services work will be essential for your success in this role.

It helps if you also have an understanding of what each layer means within an organization’s infrastructure (e.g., physical servers vs virtual machines). You should know why they were created and how they function together within the overall organization's architecture

3. Knowledge of data center operations

  • Data centers are complex, multimillion-dollar facilities that house servers, storage and networking equipment.
  • They must be operated safely, efficiently and with minimal impact on the environment.
  • The operations team has responsibility for managing all aspects of a data center's operation: power generation, cooling systems, security systems (physical & logical), network connectivity between different parts of the facility as well as between different locations within your own organization or even internationally via cloud services providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).

4. Automation tools knowledge

Automation tools are used to automate repetitive tasks and reduce the time and effort required to complete a task. They also help reduce the risk of human error, which can lead to lower productivity or even lost data.

The most common automation tools include:

  • Workflow orchestration
  • Scheduling (such as job scheduling)
  • Workflow orchestration is an important component of cloud management because it allows you to automate many different processes in your organization—from provisioning new servers, configuring networks, deploying applications onto them, starting services like web servers or databases—all using one piece of software!

5. DevOps Experience

DevOps is a software development process that aims to improve the flow of information between software developers and IT operations. It's a culture and set of practices that help organizations produce better outcomes, but it's not just about technology. DevOps also has its own philosophy, which emphasizes communication between members in order to achieve results faster than if each member worked independently on their own tasks.[1]

DevOps can be applied to many different types of organizations, including small businesses with one developer or large enterprises with hundreds. In fact, according to Gartner Inc., 71% of organizations have used DevOps techniques within the last three years.[2]

6. Unix/Linux

Unix is a family of operating systems, originally developed by Bell Laboratories. The name "Unix" came out of a pun: Alexander Graham Bell had just been awarded a patent for the telephone, so his co-inventor Dennis Ritchie and his colleagues at MIT's Lincoln Lab decided to name their new operating system after Alexander Graham Bell.

Unix was developed in the 1960s as an alternative to other operating systems like IBM's System 360 mainframe computer or Digital Equipment Corporation's PDP-1 minicomputer (running Batch Processing System), which relied on batch processing where programs were run sequentially and could not be interrupted by users.

Unix was designed with portability in mind so it could be run on any platform that supported conforming POSIX standards for UNIX command line interfaces and file formats.[2] It also provided capabilities for multitasking, multiprocessing (MMP), memory management[3], job control[4], interprocess communication between processes running on different processors within an operating system image known as ‘system calls’,[5] dynamic memory allocation across multiple processors through paging tables,[6][7] virtual memory support through virtual address translation table. (VAT).[8]

7. Scripting languages like Java, Python and Ruby.

Scripting languages are a category of programming languages that allow you to write code in a more human-readable way. They're often used for automating tasks and creating scripts, but can also be used for other purposes like building websites or writing software.

JavaScript is one of the most popular scripting languages today and it's easy to learn if you have any technical background at all—you'll probably know some HTML already! Other popular scripting engines include Python, Ruby on Rails, PHP/Laravel/Symfony etc., depending on what kind of project you want to work on next.

Some examples of applications built with these technologies include Gmail (originally written in Python), Google Docs & Sheets (written in Java), YouTube (written almost entirely in JavaScript) as well as many other companies' sites such as Facebook Messenger etc..

8. Exposure to cloud-based tools

Cloud-based tools are used for configuration management, deployment, monitoring, logging and security. Cloud management tools help you manage your cloud resources such as servers and services by provisioning them with appropriate software packages, configuring them to match business needs and detecting issues before they become problems.

Cloud governance plays an important role in ensuring that cloud-based applications are secure from malicious attacks or misuse by users. To protect yourself against risks in the cloud environment, it is important to be aware of different types of attacks that can take place when using public clouds like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platforms (GCP).

9. Familiarity with virtualization technologies.

Virtualization technologies are used to create multiple virtual machines, which are basically isolated operating systems that run on top of a single physical machine. This allows you to create several smaller servers that each have their own processor, memory and storage space.

Virtualization is also useful because it can improve the efficiency of your hardware by allowing you to run multiple instances at once without having all those resources dedicated to one instance (an instance is just like an individual computer). For example: if you need more RAM than what's available on your physical server or laptop then you might use virtualization technology so as not waste this extra energy when running multiple instances together instead of just using up all the resources at once!

10. Knowledge of firewall, proxy and load balancing concepts.

Firewalls are the first line of defense against external attacks. It protects the internal network from unauthorized access and also allows you to control traffic flows between different networks.

Proxy servers are used to translate requests from a client into another request that is understood by a different application or server. For example, if a web browser sends an HTTP request for some content on your website, the proxy will forward this request to another server running its own code (instead of yours). This way users can access resources without having to go through multiple hops in their journey through the Internet!

Load balancing algorithms try harder than other peers when they see fewer requests coming in so they can fulfill all those tasks more quickly by spreading them out over multiple instances/servers/datacenters etcetera..."

11. Database management experience.

Database management experience is important for cloud administrators. In the world of databases, SQL is the language that allows you to create, modify and delete databases. It's also a programming language used by database administrators to manage their systems.

SQL stands for Structured Query Language (SQL) and it's considered one of the most important technologies in cloud computing because it enables you to take care of all aspects related to databases: creating them, modifying them and deleting them too!

12. Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time.

The ability to manage multiple projects at the same time is important for a cloud administrator. This skillwill help you prioritize tasks and multitask, helping you stay on top of deadlines and stress levels.

The ability to manage multiple projects at once could mean anything from staying on top of your work-related emails, managing a team of developers or managing an entire organization's infrastructure needs.

13. Problem-solving skills.

Problem-solving skills are important because they help you to find solutions to problems. Cloud management involves a lot of problem-solving, and it's a skill that you'll want to master.

You'll need these skills when:

  • You need a solution for a cloud problem
  • You're unsure what will happen if something goes wrong in your cloud environment

Knowing cloud management skills are very important for a career in cloud computing

Cloud management skills are very important for a career in cloud computing. Cloud computing is a very popular topic, and it's growing every day. The industry itself is dynamic and challenging, so if you want to succeed in it, knowing the basics of cloud management will help you make an impact right away.

Cloud computing is one of the most dynamic industries out there—and because of that, it's also quite competitive! If you want your company's applications or services to be successful on this platform then having strong skills when it comes down to managing them effectively will ensure success sooner rather than later!


It's important to know that there are many different levels of cloud management skills. The skills listed above are just the basic ones you need to get started in the field. If you want more advanced level knowledge then take a look at our blog post on how to become a cloud developer.