Cloud Architect vs Solution Architect: Choosing Your Cloud Computing Career

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This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Solutions Architect vs Cloud Architect (Find Your Best Cloud Computing Career)" by Go Cloud Architects
TLDR The video discusses the differences between solution architects, enterprise architects, and cloud architects, and provides resources for those interested in pursuing a career as a cloud architect.

Key insights

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    The cloud engineer is the most deeply technical person of the bunch, with extreme depth of knowledge about individual cloud services.
  • 💬
    Soft skills like empathy and emotional intelligence are just as important as technical skills for architects as they move up the career ladder.
  • 🌍
    Cloud architects have less depth of knowledge in a single vendor solution, but more knowledge in designing end-to-end global systems.
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    The solution designed by a solutions architect could involve multi-cloud providers or running a private cloud in the data center and connecting it to a public cloud provider.
  • 📈
    Cloud architect roles have incredible career potential, but require more business acumen, soft skills, and overall system design knowledge compared to solution architects.
  • 📚
    Understanding the differences between cloud computing roles is important for building a successful career in the field.
  • 💻
    There is a free webinar that teaches you everything you need to know to get your first cloud architect job.
  • 🤝
    Cloud computing community is supportive and willing to help each other grow in their careers.

Q&A

  • What is the role of a cloud engineer?

    — A cloud engineer is responsible for building and configuring specific services within a cloud provider.

  • What skills are important for architects?

    — Communication, executive presence, presentation, soft skills, empathy, and emotional intelligence are important skills for architects.

  • What is the difference between a solution architect and a cloud architect?

    — A solution architect focuses on optimizing business performance through technology using solutions from a single vendor, while a cloud architect has more knowledge of end-to-end global system design.

  • What do enterprise architects focus on?

    — Enterprise architects focus on designing technology solutions to improve a customer's business, similar to the role of a cloud architect.

  • What resources are available for aspiring cloud architects?

    — Free webinars, cloud architect experience webinars, and YouTube live sessions are available for coaching, mentoring, and career building in cloud computing.

Timestamped Summary

  • 💻
    00:00
    Learn the differences between cloud architects to prepare for a career in cloud computing.
  • 👨‍💼
    01:51
    A solution architect designs technology solutions to improve business performance and requires strong communication and soft skills.
  • 👨‍💻
    03:18
    A solution architect has deep technical knowledge of a single vendor's services, while a cloud architect has more knowledge of end-to-end global system design.
  • 🌍
    04:30
    Work with top-level executives and experts to create a global business solution, possibly involving multi-cloud or data center options.
  • 👨‍💻
    05:14
    Cloud architects need to understand all aspects of cloud computing and act as a translator between business executives and engineers, while enterprise architects design technology solutions to improve a customer's business.
  • 👨‍💼
    06:36
    Enterprise architects focus on business strategy and requirements, while cloud engineers and architects have technical knowledge of cloud and system designs.
  • 👨‍💻
    07:50
    Learn how to become a cloud architect with free webinars every Monday and Thursday, and gain technical skills with weekly experience webinars on Tuesdays.
  • 📚
    09:03
    Cloud architects can receive free coaching and mentoring on building their career, studying, and resume building through upcoming live trainings on YouTube.
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