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How to start studying Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing has risen in popularity and demand over the last few years, and with great earning potential and career development, makes for a great career choice.

In this article, we review what cloud computing is, discuss how you can get started in a Cloud Computing career, and list out some excellent training options with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and e-Careers.

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What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is an on-demand delivery of IT resources over the Internet. Pricing is on a pay-as-you-go basis, so rather than having to buy, own, store and maintain servers and physical data centres your organisation can just access tech services (including storage and databases) as required, from cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Businesses of different sizes and industries use the cloud for email, disaster recovery, data backup, software development, and virtual desktops.

There are three main types of cloud computing, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – Provides access to networking features, computers, and data storage space. IaaS gives you the greatest flexibility and management control over your IT resources.

Platform as a Service (PaaS) – PaaS removes the need to manage infrastructure such as hardware and operating systems, allowing you to focus on deployment and management of your applications.

Software as a Service (SaaS) – With a SaaS offering, you won’t need to think about how the service is maintained or the infrastructure is managed. You just need to focus on how you will use that software.

Use our AWS training advice article to help you choose the right AWS Certificate.  

The benefits of Cloud Computing

The four main benefits of cloud computing include:

Agility – The cloud gives you access to a wide range of technologies, which enable you and your organisation to innovate and build quickly. As you can deploy technology services quickly you can go from ideation to implementation faster than ever before.

Elasticity – You can provision the number of resources you need, rather than having to over-provision resources upfront.

Cost savings – Trade capital expenses like servers and data centres for variable expenses while only paying for your IT as you use it. Due to economies of scale, you will pay less than you would if you went in alone.   

Deploy globally, quickly – You can expand to new locations around the world within minutes, thanks to the Cloud. AWS has infrastructure around the world, so deploying an application across multiple locations geographically is as simple as a few clicks.

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Cloud Computing training

The demand for certified, skilled professionals who can implement and manage Cloud solutions has risen sharply and shows no signs of slowing down, making Cloud Computing an excellent career choice.

Amazon is currently the largest Cloud Providers in the world through their Amazon Web Services (AWS). They also offer the highest salaries in this industry, making any certification from AWS a great investment.  

e-Careers offers a range of AWS cloud training courses (outlined below), as well as an AWS Cloud Computing Academy Programme, where you can fully train to become an expert AWS Cloud Computing Professional.

We explore all our AWS training courses below:

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner training validates cloud fluency and foundational AWS knowledge. As an AWS Cloud Practitioner, you can help organisations implement cloud initiatives.

Learning outcomes:

  •    Define what the AWS Cloud
  •    Describe key AWS Cloud architectural principles
  •    Explain the AWS Cloud value proposition
  •    Define the Pricing, Billing and Account management models
  •    Describe essential key services on the AWS platform
  •    Explain fundamental compliance and security aspects of the AWS platform and the shared security model

AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Associate)

This certification will demonstrate that you have the skills to architect and deploy available and cost-efficient distributed systems on AWS.

Learning outcomes:

  •    Gain hands-on experience using compute, networking, storage, and database AWS services.
  •    Understand how to use AWS deployment and management services.
  •    Identify and define technical requirements for an AWS-based application.
  •    Understand basic architectural principles of building on the AWS Cloud.
  •    Learn the AWS global infrastructure.
  •    Understand security features and tools that AWS provides.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Professional)

This certification is aimed at individuals who perform a Solutions Architect role, and who have two or more years of hands-on experience managing and operating systems on AWS.

Learning outcomes:

  •    Apply the AWS Well-Architected Framework
  •    Manage multiple AWS accounts for your organisation
  •    Connect an on-premises data centre to the AWS Cloud
  •    Discuss billing implications of connecting multi-region VPCs
  •    Move large data from an on-premises data centre to AWS
  •    Design large data stores for the AWS Cloud
  •    Understand different architectural designs for scaling a large website
  •    Protect your infrastructure from distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks

AWS Cloud Computing Academy Programme

This AWS Cloud Computing Academy Programme comprises a series of certifications, which will teach you the knowledge and skills necessary for a career as a Cloud Computing professional.

These certifications include:

  •  AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner – Foundation
  •  AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
  •  AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional*
  •  AWS Fundamentals in DevOps

Learning outcomes:

  •  All the above certification learning points
  •  DevOps knowledge and training

Are you ready to start your AWS cloud training? Even if you need more information before deciding, our AWS Course Consultants are on hand to talk you through the best options for your career goals. Contact us today on +44 (0) 20 3198 7700 to get started.

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