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Learn Cloud Technologies – It is a new Dawn

Dr. Sunil Job, Msc MEd MPhil PHD RHCE & Kichu Mubarak

CloudIt is a dawn when a handful of organizations have already, and are in the phase of switching their operations to cloud infrastructure. Not since the emergence of the www, has a technology prompted such a significant change in how businesses operate.  Seemingly, an unbelievable requirement of cloud and cloud support engineers are in the cards, and in the search algorithms of majority of companies. The primary question is why would companies look at a massive noticeable change like that –

The answer cannot be simpler. “It makes clear sense”.

Organizations call it as a move towards efficiency, or doing more with less, and so on. Be it in any spell, cloud computing will let you focus on one and the most important thing we all speak about – “business”.

Well, if we are to look at it from the very base levels, cloud computing brings a remarkable change in the way customers interact with their data and applications. Hard drives and network servers can now be categorized as lovely grandmother stories. Data and applications can be stored on a remote host that can be accessed from any location using internet and a simple browser, at any point of time. Familiarly known by SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), the cloud is easy to switch on, simple to expand and contract, and mostly has a usage-based pricing model. It’s always been considered as an “emerging”(because it keeps on emerging and evolving) computing paradigm for delivery services, and the computing approach relies completely on the existing technologies, like the Internet, virtualization, web services etc. The most distinctive feature would however be the pay-as-you-go provision for the usage.

The returns to an enterprise using a cloud infrastructure, is proven to be immaculate. Plenty of resources are freed, so that companies can use them in other ways and apparently the cost of major IT functions are lowered significantly.  If properly applied and thoroughly managed, a relatively small investment in the cloud can be leveraged into a significant return in business revenue. Organizations know this crystal clear, henceforth, they are in need of people who know what to do with the situation.

And what does learning cloud technologies add to this? You are being trained and made identifiable as a qualified engineer who very well have control over cloud technology, and apparently being a sought after job prospect at the employment desk.

The Cloud certification programs are dedicated to excellence in the fields of cloud computing technology. Cloud training and certifications are young, however their value is growing exponentially in terms of knowledge acquisition. On the horizon, we can see strong cloud skills being proven as a fantastic trend for companies and IT engineers; and IT prospects in the new jobs scenario as well.

Be an IT Manager, or an IT professional aiming to build cloud skills and expertise, or even an IT graduate who wish to exploit the approximately 1.7 million open job requisitions for cloud-related IT positions worldwide; it is time you take part in the Red Hat cloud performance-based certification programs.

Apart from the above. Here are a few rolled out facts, that will help to consider and understand how cloud computing is changing the face of corporate IT, and the workplace for the IT professional.

1. To cut down operational costs, employers value quality fresher candidates over their 2 year experienced employees.
2. Employers expect job applicants to have undergone professional training programs, So as to eliminate their training costs on a fresher.
3. The scope for software markets and requirement for software programmers is slow, creating a better and demanding business scope for other verticals like cloud computing, information security, storage management etc.
4. Cloud computing will generate 14 million new jobs by 2015, with India contributing to nearly 2 million of it. Source – idc report, economic times.
5. Demand for security professionals grew 3.5 times faster than that for other it jobs. Source – burning glass technologies report.
6. Employment for cloud and security analysts is projected to grow by 22% from 2010 to 2020. Source – eric presley, cto, career builder
7. India requires 2.37 lakh skilled networking, security and cloud professionals. Source – nasscom.
8. More than 2400 companies in a 90-day period were seeking candidates with cloud computing skills. Source – wanted analytics.
9. CSC, CTS, HCL, INFOSYS, L&T INFOTECH, MAHINDRA SATYAM, MIND TREE, TCS, TECH MAHINDRA, WIPRO, MPHASIS, MICROLAND, PILVO, SASKEN, THOUGHTWORKS, HEXAWIRE AND IGATE are open wide to recruit freshers in cloud, security, virtualization, provided the applicant is trained and equipped with a certification program underlining the following technical skills –
a. Server Management (Eg: Linux)
b. Cloud Services (Virtualization, Infrastructure)
c. Network (Eg: Wireless, Traffic, Bandwidth)
d. Security Services (Eg: Firewall, Authentication)
e. Storage (Eg: Red Hat Storage)
f. Web Servers (Eg: Apache)

10. Certification programs in Linux, virtualization, cloud, security will create Following benefits

Projected as Industry Suitable Workforce
Placement Opportunities in big numbers     Vision towards a Strong and Healthy Career
Leads to International Certifications Accepted Globally

Cuts down Training Costs
Advantage of Selecting from Industry Suitable Workforce
Ready to Work from Day 1
Increased Productivity and Employee Efficiency

That been said, learning cloud technologies, practicing cloud, and experimenting it is more important than just knowing the cloud, especially when we all live in this world of opportunities and competition to succeed. Learn Cloud – It is a new Dawn.

Dr. Sunil Job, Msc MEd MPhil PHD RHCE
Department of Teacher Education, MG University and

Kichu Mubarak
Manager, Global Sales & Relationship