Why cloud computing could be an exciting career option for future professionals

While cloud computing has been growing in importance for several years, the COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated its growth

At the simplest level, cloud computing refers to the on-demand availability of computing system resources and services such as storage, databases, software, and analytics. These are delivered through “clouds” which are hosted in data centers spread across multiple locations around the world. Cloud computing offers several advantages such as scalability, flexibility, cost savings, remote access to infrastructure, mobility, etc.

While cloud computing technologies have been gaining prominence for more than a decade, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated their growth across the world. A Markets and Markets report estimates that the cloud computing market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.5% to reach $832.1 billion by 2025. 2021 for a total of 332 .3 billion.

The COVID-19 crisis and accompanying social distancing norms have forced professionals around the world to stay home for extended periods of time. This has created an increased demand for remote working capabilities and collaboration technologies to maintain business continuity.

At the same time, there was a growing demand for online entertainment through video streaming platforms. OTT platforms such as Netflix and Hotstar have been seen as disrupting the traditional models of cable TV and movie theater ecosystems. This highlighted the role of the cloud not only in making conventional IT network architecture more efficient, but also in giving rise to technology-based business models that could disrupt the status quo and better serve customers with gratification. instant and real-time interactivity.

All of these factors have helped drive the demand for cloud computing. As businesses realize the many benefits of cloud computing and view its adoption as essential to their survival, this demand will only grow in the future.

Application for cloud computing professionals

The rapid growth in cloud adoption has also driven increased demand for trained cloud professionals. According to a recent NASSCOM report titled “Cloud Skills: Powering India’s Digital DNA”, India will need 20 lakh cloud professionals by 2025. With the current baseline growth, India is only expected to produce around 14 to 15 lakh cloud professionals by that date. . This shows the need for a fairly aggressive skills roadmap for cloud computing in India.

The NASSCOM report also said that vacancies for cloud positions in India hit 380,000 in 2020, a 40% growth from 2019. Already, the demand for cloud skills is far higher to the current availability of qualified professionals. Therefore, for future professionals, cloud computing offers an exciting and fruitful career option.

Roles in cloud computing

Typically, a cloud engineer is responsible for all technical aspects of cloud computing, including planning and design, maintenance, and support. There are several paths one can explore including: Cloud Developer, Front-end/Back-end Developer, Solutions Architect, Cloud Architect, Data Engineer, Security Engineer, Development Operations Engineer, Full-stack Developer , SysOps administrator, etc.

For aspiring cloud professionals, the first and most important step towards building a career as a cloud engineer is to master at least one of the major cloud computing platforms such as AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform ( GCP). Also, it helps to learn data-oriented programming languages, such as Python, Java, and Clojure, which are widely used in cloud computing. Then the focus can be on understanding different cloud specialty areas such as storage and networking, virtualization and operating systems, security and disaster recovery, web services and DevOps , etc Based on this understanding, one can delve deeper into the area they find most interesting and engage in more structured study in that area.

With rapid digitization and growing awareness of the benefits of cloud and related technologies, adoption is expected to grow rapidly, especially in the new normal. With the right talents and skills, professionals can exploit the huge opportunities available to them. India is well placed to build its identity as a global hub for cloud solutions. Talented and skilled professionals have a huge role to play in realizing this vision.

The article was written by Kashyap Dalal, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Simplilearn

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