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Anyone desirous of gaining a brief understanding of cloud computing, its impact on employees’ career, or someone that needs help to succeed in an upcoming interview where the buzzword is often used will find this article very beneficial.
So you’ve heard the term cloud, and now understand it is not just a collection of rain droplets of water or ice crystals. Interestingly, a google search term for the word “ cloud “ returns over 10 pages of technical results; none of which is related to its original weather description intent.
Thanks to technology, our clear blue sky is being replaced with an invisible spectrum of laser-like connections that power the information super-highway.
Whether you are a student, a career professional, or manager, your understanding of what cloud computing is and its impact on productivity, can play a major role in your career, provide increased value to your business, and in the case of students; set you apart as a competitive candidate for absorption into the job market upon completion of your education.
What is Cloud Computing?
Defined as an on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, applications, and IT resources, cloud computing is an online services platform that cloud provider offers on a “pay-as-you-go” basis. Need a good example of a cloud delivery service? Read my cloud-series article “ Desktop as a Service (DaaS) For Remote Workers”.
Per Microsoft’s definition, 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.
But, what is Cloud Computing in plain English?
Deemystify.com defines cloud computing as the glorified version of converged data centers with a pool of computing resources owned by someone, or a group of entities that offer free and purchasable services to individuals, businesses, and government institutions. These pooled resources can include (JBOD devices, CPU’s, network, and analytic services).
Cloud Computing and the Essential characteristics of cloud services are on-demand self-service, provides broad network access, resource pooling, and rapid elasticity.
There would be no cloud without virtualization
What is selling as cloud today is a simple reinvented infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and software as a service offered via the internet.
Think of virtualization as the lifeline of cloud computing, without which there would be an extremely expensive cloud. Because of virtualization, you are able to run Windows, Linux, and serverless applications such as Office 365, Microsoft Xbox games (I could keep going..), on a single hardware without the need to install.
For the maintenance of resources in a cloud computing environment, virtualization is a necessity as it makes it easier. Virtualization in Cloud Computing increases security as it protects both the integrity of the guest operating system and its underlying hardware.
Offloading the headache of managing, maintaining, and upgrading one’s own computing resources to a third party, is perhaps the biggest breakthrough in cloud computing
How does Cloud Computing affect an IT specialist Career?
With the advent of cloud computing, Tech Support positions have been pooled, and resources are being spread on a global scale. To survive such a competitive industry will require a rethink of a career strategy that may ultimately be a decider of your career next move.
As demand by consumers for readily available information at the cost of low to nothing increases, the capacity of the limited resource at onsite and branched data centers makes it virtually impossible to meet up with consumers demand.
While Help Desk Support and Systems Administrators are used to being the go-to persons for technical issues arising out of technology use, cloud computing has reduced the complexity of technical support to a point where each cloud provider now provides its own front line support technicians and engineers as a one-stop-shop solution, in an all-inclusive package.
Needless to mention, cloud providers marketing strategy of this nature lures consumers and provides huge cost-savings benefits to organizations. To sweeten the pie, most cloud providers technical support services are available to employees, or customers regardless of geographic locations.
This ease of access to support services combined with an extremely low cost can present an existential threat to an organization’s local on-prem datacenter team continued employability and provide corporate leaders a much-needed excuse to benchmark cost as a justification for moving to the cloud, and in many cases eliminate entire in house technical support teams.
Are You Prepared?
Not being prepared and equipped with a cloud support knowledge puts you at the front line for being let go when personnel value for retainment is being reviewed during a strategic lean operation.
How can a knowledge of cloud Computing Save my job?
Without a doubt, your knowledge or (lack of) can play a vital role now how your organization moves forward with expanding on-prem support resources or moving an entire IT operations to a cloud provider. An organization’s decision to move to the cloud is an all-inclusive decision that requires input from service delivery managers, IT operations support personnel, as well as the folks in upper management.
Knowing that an IT staff has the technical knowledge to support a new technology makes it even easier for organizations to bargain with the cloud provider for better deals.
Additionally, your knowledge of cloud computing does not only increase your value with your employer but offers tremendous career advancement opportunities that benefit both parties in the long run.
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