Is Cloud Computing a Good Career Option?
To run a successful company most businesses look at saving costs, ensuring its quality standards, simplifying process, scalability, data security, and measures. Cloud computing addresses most of these issues. With Cloud Computing becoming a standard in data management, adapted by large as well as startup companies, the growth rate of the Cloud market has been phenomenal. With the increasing demand, there are obviously plenty of opportunities in the field available in database management, security, analysis, and development for cloud engineers.
In simple terms, it is an on-demand resource of computing services like storage, robust software, and processing power over the internet. It is an efficient solution that eliminates the need for someone to actively manage it. The company can avail its benefits as per its size and requirement. A known example of this is Google Drive.
Companies hire third-party cloud service providers for their cloud needs. The key vendors of this service are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and Salesforce. Cloud computing has three categories called Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
Cloud Computing Career
Cloud computing has not only become an essential part of several companies but it has also created a demand for professionals who can assist businesses to seamlessly transfer to the cloud and who are proficient in using diverse cloud services.
Here are some roles in Cloud computing that are very much in demand:
∙ Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
∙ Cloud Architect
∙ Cloud Developer
∙ Cloud Computer Systems and Network Administrator
∙ Cloud Software Engineer
∙ Cloud Security Manager
∙ Cloud Automation Engineer
There are even vendor-specific roles. AWS and Microsoft Azure leads the cloud computing space and offer certain certifications that prepare a professional for profiles such as AWS Certified Developer, AWS Certified Solutions Architect, AWS Certified DevOps Engineer, Azure Security Engineer, Certified Azure Administrator, and so on. Other certifications include Google Cloud Certified – Professional Cloud Architect, Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) Cloud, VMware Certified Professional 7 – Cloud Management and Automation etc.
Technical Skills for Cloud Engineers
1. Programming – Here are some of the programming languages that are essential to succeed in this field – Python, Ruby, Php, Java, .NET.
2. Database – Learn the database querying language and database platforms like MySQL and Hadoop can be really useful.
3. Networking – A key part of cloud services is network integration. Thus knowledge of Cloud networking fundamentals along with virtual networks is paramount.
4. Linux – An open-source operating system, it is used to build several apps and web pages. Because it does not require permissions, the demand for Cloud engineers who can administer, architect, and maintain Linux-based servers is growing.
5. Cloud Vendors – Different cloud service providers offer different features and services. It is important to have an understanding of their offerings.
6. Web services and APIs – Cloud architects work with web services like XML, SOAP, UDDI, and WSDI are used to tag, transfer, and describe data while APIs complete and deploy.
7. Information Security – Security of data and applications is more important than ever, thus it is advisable to learn cybersecurity and earning credentials in this area.
Cloud computing is a versatile field. It is surely a field that has an exponential scope of growth. We recommend that gaining experience and attaining certain certificates to your already existing skills will surely give a strong boost to your career. Some companies that hire cloud computing professionals and pay them well are Amazon, Dell, Accenture, and Slalom Consulting.
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