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How to grow your multicloud resume as a cloud architect

July 27, 2023
Priyanka Vergadia

Staff Developer Advocate, Google Cloud

Mara Soss

Credentials and Certifications Lead

Do you have a background in building and managing cloud architecture projects in AWS or Azure? Are you looking to expand those skills to Google Cloud? Google Cloud Learning has got you covered.

With the rise of multicloud architecture and agile environments, coupled with the growing cloud skills gap, translating and certifying your knowledge and skills from one cloud to another cloud provider can help boost your resume, helping you stand out in the industry.

To support you on your path to developing your multicloud skill set, we’ve illustrated a new #GCPSketchnote to provide a view of the technologies you should learn to become a multicloud architect.


What are the basic skills you need to work across all major clouds?

It’s important to have a foundational level of cloud knowledge for at least one cloud provider. On top of that, we’ve listed some of the core skills you will need to architect on 

  • Identity - Identity and Access Management (IAM), Role-based Access Controls (RBAC), Google Cloud Directory Sync

  • Security - Key management, access controls, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), Web Application Firewall (WAF), etc.}

  • Kubernetes - Control planes, scaling rules, provisioning, etc

  • Open source - operating systems, underlying OSS, open source frameworks

  • DevOps - Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD), Agile, Scrum, rapid prototyping, etc.

  • Operations and management - Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) integration, policies, chargeback, hierarchies, and more

  • Network concepts and topologies - hub-n-spoke, VNET/VPCs, interconnect vs. ExpressRoute, hairpinning, High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR), load balancers, etc.}

  • Data repos and movement - BigQuery vs. Synapse/Redshift, Kafka vs. DataProc

  • Automating deployments - JSON, Terraform, Git, Puppet, Chef, etc

  • APIs - lifecycle management, proxies, integration, security

  • AI and ML - generative AI, regular AI, tooling, ML modeling, etc

Courses to help you translate AWS and/or Azure skills to Google Cloud

Google Cloud Skills Boost offers two learning paths that are especially designed for professionals who already use and build cloud solutions on AWS and/or Azure. The courses and labs within these learning paths help learners understand the similarities and differences between the services provided by Google Cloud, Azure and AWS, helping you answer, “I do this on Azure; what is the equivalent on Google Cloud?” As a bonus, complete the learning path to earn an industry-recognized Google Cloud skill badge, which you can add to your resume. The learning path will also help prepare cloud professionals for the Google Cloud Professional Cloud Architect certification.

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Already certified in another cloud? 

A tip for those looking to earn a Google Cloud Professional Cloud Architect certification, who already have the AWS Solutions Architect Professional Certification and the Azure Architect Expert Certifications, keep in mind some of the differences between these cloud certification exams.

The AWS Solutions Architect Professional Certification generally requires more practical experience with AWS services, architectures, and deployments. Exam takers are expected to have hands-on experience designing and implementing enterprise-scale solutions specifically using AWS, and the exam delves into advanced architectural concepts, high availability, fault tolerance, cost optimization, and complex multi-tier application design on AWS.

The Azure Solutions Architect Expert Certification requires significant experience with Azure administration, architectures, and deployments. Exam takers are expected to have hands-on experience designing and implementing enterprise-scale solutions specifically using Azure, and need to be familiar with DevOps, code debugging (ex: JSON), networking security, and data. 

The Google Cloud Professional Cloud Architect Certification validates general architecture and industry experience, as well as specific hands-on experience with Google Cloud. Exam takers should be experienced in software development methodologies and approaches including multi-tiered distributed applications which span multi-cloud or hybrid environments.

 And, don’t miss the no-cost resource that helps you prepare for your Google Cloud certification: Preparing for the Google Cloud Professional Cloud Architect journey

Learn more about and register for the Google Cloud Professional Cloud Architect certification here, and get started building your multicloud skills today. New users are eligible for a 30-day no-cost trial on Google Cloud Skills Boost.

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