Why choose a career in cloud computing?
Why build your career in Cloud computing?
Cloud computing is at the heart of modern technology solutions. Organisations increasingly embrace ‘Digital Transformation’ to become more agile, competitive and productive.
Cloud enables businesses to access ‘evergreen’, secure, flexible computing and software from any location at any time at any scale they need. Public Cloud services from global companies like Microsoft, Google and Amazon also provide advanced features such as data analytics and artificial intelligence in a much more affordable and accessible way than before.
Most organisations have used Cloud computing within their operations in some form – often simpler services such as email or backup, but Cloud is increasing the only option for all their future computing needs.
This demand for Cloud solutions is driving a massive demand for Cloud professionals who can help design, develop and support these solutions. By opting for a career in Cloud you will help businesses transform their technology and embark on a life-long journey of learning that will be sought after around the world for decades to come.
What is Cloud computing?
Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services – including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and intelligence – over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources and economies of scale. Typically, an organisation only pays for cloud services they use, helping lower operating costs, run infrastructure more efficiently and scale as needs change.
Cloud computing examples that you will already know include social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; services such as Netflix and Uber – as well as business solutions such as Office 365, Teams, OneDrive.
There are different types of Cloud computing
|Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is a type of cloud computing service that offers essential compute, storage and networking resources on demand, on a pay-as-you-go basis. IaaS is one of the four types of cloud services, along with platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS), and serverless. Without IaaS, there would not be the fundamental tools to create the Cloud.
|Platform as a service (PaaS)
Platform as a service (PaaS)refers to cloud computing services that supply an on-demand environment for developing, testing, delivering and managing software applications. PaaS is designed to make it easier for developers to quickly create web or mobile apps, without worrying about setting up or managing the underlying infrastructure of servers, storage, network and databases needed for development.
|Software as a service (SaaS)
Software as a service (SaaS) is a method for delivering software applications over the Internet, on-demand and typically on a subscription basis. With SaaS, cloud service providers host and manage the software application and underlying infrastructure. These providers also handle any maintenance, such as software upgrades and security patching. Users connect to the application over the Internet, usually with a web browser on their phone, tablet or PC.
Serverless computing enables developers to build applications faster by eliminating the need for them to manage infrastructure. With serverless applications, the cloud service provider automatically provisions, scales and manages the infrastructure required to run the code.
The Cloud security arms-race
While the rapid growth of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS services has helped businesses streamline operations and improve worker productivity, it has also introduced new risks and threats. To counter this, advanced technologies, skills and processes are being deployed. It’s a bit like an arms-race with one side constantly trying to outwit the other.
Data and Insights
The growth of data, especially in the Cloud has opened up unbelievable opportunities to make sense of the information it contains in the form of illuminating analytics or more advanced Artificial Intelligence that provide insights until now were never available.
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Build a career in Cloud computing
Starting your career in Cloud computing is a smart choice. The opportunities are endless, always evolving and across every industry – meaning an exciting and well-rewarded future.
The specific roles available can be broad or highly specialised, including Architects, Developers, Data Scientists, Cloud Security Engineers. The technologies evolve rapidly often lead by global providers such as Microsoft with their Microsoft Azure platform or niche technologies such as Kubernetes, Kafka and Terraform!
All this means that if you’re passionate about innovation, technology and disruption, Cloud computing is your path to success.
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