The dawn of the internet has changed the way that we seek and store information. One of the best kept secrets of recent technology is the cloud …
We've all heard of it. We've all saved stuff to it. But what is it? And more to the point, where is it?
Put simply, the cloud is an alternative to applications or programs that are run from software located on a 'local' / physical computer or server, which are now niftily held at a 'remote' location on the internet…
So, what are the benefits of utilising cloud computing?
- Operational Agility: should a business need to extend its capacity 'on the fly' then the cloud can easily accommodate any requirement without the need for increased hardware. By the same token, organisational scale down can also be achieved without the need for unnecessary tech sitting idle.
- Disaster Recovery: makes your critical data 'someone else's' problem by outsourcing crucial numbers to the professionals.
- Work Remotely: got a web connection? Then reap the benefits of working anywhere in the world with access to all relevant data at your fingertips.
- Safe & Secure: stealing a laptop is very possible, stealing the cloud is not – storing data remotely means that regardless of the status of your machine, your cloud data remains untouched…
- Document Control and Collaboration: work and collaborate with colleagues anywhere in the world in real time, without the need for endless duplication and painful document ping pong.
Cloud Computing Stats and Forecasts:
Amazon Web Services recently announced 58% growth with its quarterly revenue spiking from $1.8 billion to $2.8 billion in just one year.
According to Forbes, cloud computing spending is growing at 4.5 times the rate of IT spending since 2009, and is expected to grow more than 6 times the rate of IT spending from 2015 through 2020.
What's more, according to IDC, worldwide spending on public cloud computing will increase from $67B in 2015 to $162B in 2020.
By 2018, at least half of IT spending will be Cloud-based, reaching 60% of all IT infrastructure, and 60–70% of all Software, Services, and Technology Spending by 2020.
Why do we need cloud computing specialists?
Organisations are in a state of 'buying' rather than 'selling' skills and even if a pro certification is not considered the golden ticket, it at least guarantees a place within an established team to then make a considerable contribution.
Imagine holding the key to safely stored business data and operational info which is conveniently located at a simple click away … you've just imagined what it's like to be a cloud computing specialist.
Not just responsible for maintaining the company crown jewels – cloud specialists are also responsible for bridging the gap in worldwide collaboration and communication.
So, where to start with upskilling and validating cloud specialism?
The basic answer is industry relevance, with security also in mind. Training trade association heavyweight CompTIA are leading the vendor neutral pack with their Cloud+ certification training. Being compliant with ISO 17024 standards, validating the must have skills and expertise in implementing and maintaining cloud technologies.
CompTIA state some pretty meaningful stats of their own on Cloud computing as follows:
- 9 out of 10 companies use some form of cloud technology.
- 60 percent of companies have 30 percent or more of their IT systems in the cloud.
- The global cloud computing market is projected to reach $270 billion by 2020.
CompTIA's hot CSA+ also lends itself to those choosing to fill the cloud specialist shortfall, enabling those certified to use threat detection tools – interpret results and utilise by way of reducing vulnerabilities.
Microsoft / Amazon:
The big dogs in Cloud technologies - Amazon and Microsoft - are both must haves for those seriously considering to break the market – MCSA solutions associate can then be followed by the MCSE expert level.
Similarly, Amazon also provides an associate and architect professional level certification for their AWS - Amazon Web Services.
Both AWS and Microsoft Azure offer some of the best salaries in the tech industry. Both certifications will push you past £60,000 and demand for both permanent and non-permanent contract roles continues to rise.
AWS and Azure offer very similar services, with neither one being truly better than the other. Both support Content Delivery Networks' Virtual Machines, Databases, Auto Scaling, Load Balancing and many other common cloud functions.
A more secure Cloud…
ISC2: Information Technologies largest security trade association and purveyors of the leading security certifications for architect level security practitioners. This training ensures you achieve the absolute highest standard for cloud security expertise with their CCSP - Certified Cloud Systems Professional. As with most ISC2 programmes of training, prerequisites are in place for the CCSP, 4+ years' experience – three of which in information security, and one year cloud security …
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