Driving Around the Mountain
If you’re interested in learning more about the Cloud but aren’t sure where or how to start, then you’re in luck! Every journey, no matter how long, starts with a single step, and the same is true for your introduction to one of the most influential pieces of technology in our lifetime.
In this blog, we’ll take a look at what the Cloud is, how it works, as well as who and what makes Cloud functional within the IT sector so you can have all the information and tools needed for your journey around the mountain.
Looking Under the Hood
The Cloud can be incredibly daunting for those who may still be getting familiar with the many ways it can be used. But as with any new concept or skill, sometimes the best thing to do is shine a light on the key pieces of information you need before getting started. We’ll start with defining the Cloud and taking a look at how it is used today.
Cloud Computing refers to the use of a third-party vendor to manage and store data, eliminating the need for physical computer system resources for the end-user or an organization. In doing so, users can access their data remotely through the internet instead of needing to maintain on-premises hardware. But why is this important and why are so many businesses making the shift?
In our Future of Cloud blog, we noted 92% of organizations had a multi-cloud strategy in place or underway halfway through 2021, a number that’s only expected to rise as more organizations transition to the Cloud. By investing in Cloud technology, organizations are able to save hundreds of thousands of dollars on labor and maintenance costs. In addition, migrating to the Cloud allows for more flexibility and scalability when it comes to an organization’s IT infrastructure.
Starting the Car
After taking a look under the hood, you can crank up the car to see how all the parts and pieces work together as we take a look at the ways Cloud technology is used in the business space.
The most common applications of Cloud technology are:
Data Storage - As mentioned above, one of the most popular uses of Cloud technology is to store data. Many organizations contract with top Cloud providers, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform instead of purchasing additional servers and software to manage an infinitely growing data pool. This method of data storage enables organizations to maintain flexibility and scalability as opposed to being limited by physical storage devices.
Data Analysis - With all your data stored in a single location, the ability to analyze it has never been easier than it is with Cloud technology. This is even more evident in today’s remote work environment, where Cloud technology has allowed teams from around the world to collectively analyze data for more informed decision making. An example of this would be marketing companies evaluating data to create more targeted advertising or a sales team combing through contact lists to identify and qualify potential leads.
Data Backup - By having files backed up off-site and available via a virtual environment, any business-imperative information can be easily accessed in the event of a system failure or natural disaster. In addition, the use of a virtual server allows operating systems, data, and applications to be spun up at a much faster rate, significantly reducing recovery time and downtime.
Taking the Drive
Now that you’ve learned more about the Cloud and what it looks like in use, you can start your journey around the mountain. Along the way, we’re sure you’ll work closely with a variety of Cloud experts, and who knows, you might even decide you want to become a Cloud expert yourself. Because of its rapidly growing popularity and global usage, there is significant room for opportunity if you choose a Cloud career path.
Whether your Cloud journey leads you to a new career or opportunity to work with leaders in the field, it’s good to know what jobs are available and who you could be working with. A few of the most popular Cloud careers include:
Cloud Software Engineer - Responsible for technical requirements related to Cloud computing such as designing and planning cloud services, as well as providing support or maintenance.
Cloud Architect - Implement cloud adoption plans and application design in addition to controlling Cloud management and monitoring.
Cloud Administrator - Configures and monitors Cloud management services and infrastructure such as Windows, Cloud, or Linux by working cross-functionally with IT departments.
Cloud Developer - Various responsibilities including technician, architect, engineer, and analyst in addition to providing application development.
As one of the most rapidly growing pieces of information technology, the Cloud is not only an exciting field to be in, but an exciting field to follow as well. From the INE Blog, which features discussions on the most relevant Cloud topics, to the free INE Starter Pass, which gives you access to hands-on fundamental-level Cloud training and resources, there are many resources available to keep you in-the-know while on your journey around Mt. Cloud. And if you don't work directly in Cloud but your business is thinking about adding or just added a Cloud team, INE has resources for you too!
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