Cloud Computing

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High Demand Pushes Linux Salaries Higher

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Salaries for people skilled with Linux are rising at nearly double the rate of other tech professionals, and job prospects are strong, too: Some 93 percent of hiring managers plan to recruit Linux talent in the next six months. Those are just two of the optimistic findings in The 2013 Linux Jobs Report, a global survey of 850 hiring managers and 2,600 Linux professionals conducted by Dice and the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the growth of the… continue…

Experience Trumps Certifications for Cloud Jobs

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If you’re a cloud engineer, architect, developer or support specialist with strong cloud computing skills, you’re in luck. Demand for professionals like you vastly exceeds supply. Some 1.2 million cloud jobs went unfilled during 2012, says Marcus Robertson, chief technical officer of True Ability, a San Antonio IT staffing company. Research firm IDC says that number is close to 1.7 million and estimates there will be as many as 7 million cloud jobs by 2015. “I have hired about 150 people… continue…

Microsoft’s Simple Slip Crashes Azure Worldwide

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On Friday, a lapsed security certificate brought down Microsoft’s Azure worldwide. Would you be shocked to learn that the same thing happened less than a year ago? On Feb. 29, 2012, Azure went down worldwide. The reason … wait for it … a certificate issue. Cloud outages like this strike fear in the hearts of IT directors and CIOs. And for good reason: When Azure goes down, critical business applications and data become unavailable, and every minute costs companies untold… continue…

What Managers Say About Cloud Certifications

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Cloud certifications and other related courses can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. While there are a number of reasons why this kind of training can boost your prospects of getting a cloud-related job, many tech professionals, including a number of Dice News users, don’t buy it. “Why bother if I’m already doing the work?” one asked in the comments to this story. Another wondered: “Do employers really expect to find the perfect candidate with the list of 20… continue…

When Do Cloud Certifications Really Matter?

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While employers struggle to fill cloud-related jobs, they’re not using certifications as a litmus test to help them identify the right candidates. While they’ll demonstrate that you have some knowledge about the skills they’re seeking, certifications aren’t a magic bullet when it comes to making a hiring decision. “Certification tells me they have knowledge of the topic, and cloud certification will help get them in the door for an interview,” says Erin Swike, director of hosting provider Bluelock’s client services.… continue…

The Basics of Cloud Storage Latency Solutions

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Recently, a company asked me to help solve what appeared to be a cloud storage latency problem with Amazon S3 for their clients outside of the U.S. Fortunately, there are many potential solutions available to solve this kind of simple latency issue that haunt a lot of cloud storage systems. In this case, determining which one was appropriate began with a review of Amazon S3′s cloud storage naming conventions. Lets set the stage with a quick review. Cloud storage is… continue…

How to Land a Job at Red Hat

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After hiring about 200 people in each of its last three quarters, open-source provider Red Hat is on track to bring its total new hires to 900 to 1,000 as its fiscal year ends Feb. 28. It’s primarily looking for software and technical support engineers, and salespeople who can help it strengthen its cloud-technology capabilities. “Specifically, we’re looking for people who can architect complex solutions and integrate our products and technologies as we expand on our foundational enterprise operating system… continue…

IT Automation Jobs Require Cross-Platform Skills

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As IT environments grow more complex, companies are increasingly looking to automate business processes across myriad platforms. That’s fueling a demand for engineers who can tie it all together. “Companies have been scheduling these processes manually or doing it through custom scripting, and inevitably they reach a tipping point where it becomes too much,” says Colin Beasty, marketing manager for automation vendor Advanced Systems Concepts. “[They’re looking for] a way to more easily build and automate these processes across different… continue…

Here’s Why Training Will Get You a Job in the Cloud

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Standing in the way of the cloud’s expected growth isn’t technology, but a growing shortage of tech professionals with the right skills, hiring managers say. Currently, companies are struggling to fill an estimated 1.7 million open cloud jobs—more than 24 percent of the 7 million positions expected to be available by 2015. In a study conducted for Microsoft, researcher IDC said the number of workers needed to fill those positions will grow by 26 percent each year during that period.… continue…

Here’s the Job Trend You Need to Know About

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In some areas, tech job trends followed surprising paths during 2012. Big Data and cloud efforts, for example, were stymied at some companies by architectural, cultural and organizational issues that got in the way of data sharing, meaningful analysis and effective migration. The result: CIOs slowed down their hiring to explore possible solutions. The good news, according to David Foote, CEO of researcher Foote Partners, is that hiring should ramp up in these areas in 2013 after deciding to weave… continue…