Cloud Is Everywhere

The surge in remote work associated with the global pandemic has brought about a massive move to the cloud with many organisations accelerating their cloud timelines and plans because of COVID, sometimes up to three years of cloud adoption happening in a mere three months. Remote working scenarios have not only underlined the importance of business continuity and secure online collaboration, but also highlighted the difficulties in maintaining physical hardware and software.

In many cases, business operations have been adjusted for the socially distanced era, and as a result, there is an increased demand for e-learning, telemedicine, robotics, composite artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) scenarios, intelligent chatbots, digital payments, virtual retail experiences … the list is seemingly endless.

So, while many of the benefits of cloud that have been discussed in the past: faster time to market, lower costs, flexible usage, are definitely not forgotten, the NEW benefits of cloud are being brought into focus by the need for business agility and resilience. The need to serve a remote workforce, to enable safe return to the workplace and support the hybrid working patterns of the future.

Another business imperative that has grown in importance over the last 12 months is environmental sustainability, with many organisations now adopting cloud strategies as a way to reduce their carbon footprint – thus winning the confidence of customers and partners.

And if you think the economic downturn from COVID-19 has depressed some of the demand and salaries, think again. The journey to the cloud requires specialized talent, which means that demand is far outstripping supply – a bull market if you have these sought after skills.

So let’s look at the skills you will need to become a CLOUD NETWORKING ENGINEER

  1. Obviously, networking skills, especially network virtualisation are a must have
  2. Programming languages like Php, Java, .NET are essential, while Python and Ruby are also in demand
  3. Learn a database language like MySQL or Hadoop
  4. Linux powers many apps & web-pages so the need for engineers who can architect, administer, and maintain Linux-based servers is increasing
  5. Familiarity with cloud services such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, and GCP
  6. Open web services such as XML, SOAP, UDDI, and WSDI are used to tag, transfer, and describe data
  7. APIs complete and deploy the integration on the respective platforms
  8. A cybersecurity credential will give you an edge – you need to understand compliance and security issues

The future of network engineering is tied to cloud computing – for simplification and automation, so the days when a network engineer doesn’t need cloud skills are drawing to a close. Your only option, if you wish to remain in the well-paid field of networking is to jump on board and enjoy the ride!

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