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  • Cloud Architects: More Popular Than Ever

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    “Cloud architect” isn’t exactly a new role within most companies, but that hasn’t slackened employer interest in hiring for the position.

    According to Dice’s data, the number of job postings for cloud architects has more than doubled over the past two years. While it hasn’t been a steady climb—in mid-2014 and early 2015, the number of postings dipped before regaining momentum—the overall trend is clear.

    It’s easy to see why there’s so much employer interest in hiring cloud architects. The past few years have seen more and more companies shifting from on-premises datacenters and servers to cloud-based services, generating a need for tech pros who can effectively deploy and maintain next-generation architecture.

    Firms that have embraced a hybrid approach—combining on-premises servers and datacenters with the cloud—can face incredible complexity in ensuring that everything runs smoothly, which is where the cloud architect comes in.

    Tech pros who want to get into cloud architecting need to not only know the latest cloud (and hybridized) platforms, but also the software that will make their jobs easier. For example, usage of configuration-management tools such as Puppet, Chef, Ansible, and SaltStack are on the rise, as pros look for ways to automate system configuration and software deployment.

    Cloud architects also need good soft skills in order to talk and negotiate with stakeholders throughout an organization. Because cloud deployments touch so many points within your average company, an architect ends up interacting with quite a few people. There’s also a proactive element here: By working with others to tailor a company’s internal processes and culture to the cloud, the architect’s job becomes much more streamlined (although not necessarily easier, given the complexities involved in the role).

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  • Portland’s Puppet May Double Its Size

    Puppet Labs is leasing two full floors in Portland, Ore.’s, downtown, giving the young company enough space to more than double its size in an area that’s fast becoming a core tech neighborhood. Puppet, whose open source software facilitates data center management, is among the biggest of Portland’s new generation of software businesses. Its new offices can accommodate as many as 500 employees. The company has an option to lease additional space as the need arises. With the new long-term lease, and permission to configure the space as it likes, CEO Luke Kanies says Puppet expects to stay put for a while. “We’ve gotten to the point where we can get into a space to grow into,” he told the Portland Oregonian. As Portland has developed more of a tech hub over the last few years, area startups have been outgrowing the Pearl District lofts and warehouses where they were so recently incubated. Downtown, once a stalwart for government workers and professional services firms, is being reinvented as a desirable neighborhood where the tech industry can grow. Tech employers in the city also say that their staffers are less interested in the better restaurants and easy parking found in the Pearl than they are in having access to the food carts and public transit available downtown. In January, Jama Software – which produces a Web-based application that’s designed to help companies conceive, build and deliver products  –  announced it would move its 100 employees downtown. Portland’s tech boom has landlords across the city acting quickly to make their properties more attractive to young companies whose employees prefer non-traditional work environments. Website analyst New Relic finalized its decision to move to the area when its new landlord gave workers permission to bring their bikes up in the building freight elevator. The post Portland’s Puppet May Double Its Size appeared first on Dice News .