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Skills Needed To Create and Manage AWS Cloud Infrastructure

According to Gartner, AWS occupies around 47.8% of the public cloud services market. The market share of AWS is over three-five times that of its nearest competitors.

As a result, companies on the cloud adoption bandwagon consistently look for employees skilled in AWS and cloud computing. Presently, the AWS cloud platform is the backbone of many businesses in over 190 countries. So, the number of job listings for AWS certified candidates has constantly been increasing over the years.

Cloud Specialists are projected to be the second most in-demand tech job in 2020. This role is responsible for designing and developing advanced cloud-based solutions for organizations migrating their existing workloads and infrastructure to the AWS cloud.

Using AWS, cloud architects have limitless virtual resources, which can be quickly provisioned and disposed of. It can be overwhelming; there are many services you need to become familiar with and, on top of that, having infrastructure and data in the cloud can become a security nightmare if not handled correctly.

Cloud is a fulcrum for organizations to innovate and get ahead of the pack in the ever-evolving technology landscape. Consequently, mid-sized companies are seeking specialists who obtain various cloud skills and can assist them in achieving their business objectives. However, there are a plethora of services that cloud providers offer and that’s why determining the best skills to learn can be a daunting task.

Here are key skills that resources need to have to create, run, and manage data-center in the cloud.

Programming Language

Most architects have a software development background. An efficient AWS architect should be able to write code in Java Python C# or any other programming languages that have an official AWS SDK.

Networking

It’s hard to create a secure, scalable cloud-based solution without understanding networking. DNS, TCP/IP, HTTP, CDN, and VPN are only a few of the terms you want to make yourself familiar with.

Storage

Every software architect needs to know and understand how and when to use databases. In AWS, where you have many data storage options available, you need to be able to know when to use each.

Security

From securing access to your AWS account to securing access to your data, AWS has several services and guidelines created specifically to help you make sure only authorized code and people are allowed to perform specific tasks.

Understanding of AWS Services

Basic services every AWS architect should know include SQS (simple queuing), SNS (notifications), and RDS (Relational Database Service). Knowledge of more specific ones such as one of the AWS IoT related services is extra helpful.

AWS-Specific Architecture Philosophy

Once you move code into the cloud some rules change. Scalability, availability, and recovery become easy as long as you design your workloads and harness AWS infrastructure correctly.

In our experience, it takes around six months of hands-on experience for someone with 1 year of entry-level IT/ Software experience to learn and be awesome at AWS Skills.

Moreover, AWS is ever-growing and keeps enhancing its features across all product lines to keep them current. This means that learning does not stop with getting trained or even certified just once.

What is a Cloud Management Platform

For many Mid-Size Companies and Small Businesses, it is only a matter of time before cloud-native applications will drive the business forward. And for these companies embracing digital transformation, next-generation Cloud Management Platforms will be the key to unlocking the potential of their Public cloud environments.

Cloud management is the management of cloud computing products and services. Users may also opt to manage their public cloud services with a third-party cloud management tool.

Public clouds are at the core of Digital Transformation and are managed by public cloud service providers, which includes IT Infrastructure such as servers, storage, networking, and data center operations. Users may also opt to manage their public cloud services with a third-party cloud management tool.

Cloud Management Platform is an integrated product that helps in the management of Public Cloud environments such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) with the aim of Provisioning, Security, Scaling, Automation, Monitoring and Cost-saving.

Cloud Management Platform combines a set of features or modules which enable the management of different Public cloud infrastructure components. Users of Public Cloud services also need to integrate with a well-architected framework as defined by the cloud provider like AWS, using its specific parameters for working with cloud components. Integration includes tying into the cloud APIs for configuring IP addresses, subnets, firewalls, and data service functions for storage. Because control of these functions is based on the cloud provider’s infrastructure and services, public cloud users must integrate with the cloud infrastructure management.

Cloud Management Platform provides means for a cloud service customer to manage the deployment and operation of applications and associated datasets across multiple cloud service infrastructures, including both on-premises cloud infrastructure and public cloud service provider infrastructure.

Cloud Management Platforms bring to the table some very important consideration in managing and leveraging public cloud the best of its abilities:

Self-Service

Products that incorporate self-service interfaces, provision system images, enable metering and billing, and provide for some degree of workload optimization through established policies. More-advanced offerings may also integrate with external enterprise management systems, including service catalogs, support the configuration of storage and network resources, allow for enhanced resource management via service governors and provide advanced monitoring for improved guest performance and availability.

IT Service Management

It is typical for Cloud Management Platform to leverage best practices and help IT teams comply with incident management, configuration management, asset management, and financial management. Also, policies can be made to help govern configuration and installation of images, access control, and budgeting and reporting.

Access Control

Access control often includes the use of Single sign-on (SSO), in which a user logs in once and gains access to all systems without being prompted to log in again at each of them. Also, given that Public Clouds such as AWS provide unlimited capacity, it is important to ensure that staff members have requisite amount of access which can be granted or revoked with few clicks.

Performance Management

Gathering and correlating all your policies, from your services to your infrastructure pattern use, Cloud Management Platform enables in provision, automatic configuration and deploying software applications using the right amount of resources. Cloud Management Platform intelligence gathers all the data points into one account to guarantee performance and SLAs, to make the best out of your user experience and satisfaction.

The scalability and flexibility offered by cloud services make them attractive to growing Mid-Size Companies and Small Businesses. Cloud Management Platform plays a critical role for making the most of your Public Cloud journey.

6 Top Reasons to adopt AWS Cloud

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a collection of remote computing services, also called web services that make up a cloud computing platform by Amazon.com. The most central and well-known of these services are Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3. The service is advertised as providing a large computing capacity (potentially many servers) much faster and cheaper than building your own data centre. For companies in the SMB, Medium Enterprises, Start-ups as well as Enterprise space, AWS can bring in tremendous value. Following are the six key benefits that you will reap by adopting AWS Cloud:

Trade capital expense for variable expense

Instead of having to invest heavily in data centers and servers before you know how you’re going to use them, you can only pay when you consume computing resources, and only pay for how much you consume on AWS Cloud.

Benefit from massive economies of scale

By using Amazon Web Services, you can achieve a lower variable cost than you can get on your own. Because usage from hundreds of thousands of customers are aggregated in the cloud, providers such as Amazon Web Services can achieve higher economies of scale which translates into lower pay as you go prices.

Stop guessing capacity

Eliminate guessing on your infrastructure capacity needs. When you make a capacity decision prior to deploying an application, you often either end up sitting on expensive idle resources or dealing with limited capacity. With Amazon Web Services, these problems go away. You can access as much or as little as you need, and scale up and down as required with only a few minutes notice.

Increase speed and agility

In an AWS environment, new IT resources are only ever a click away, which means you reduce the time it takes to make those resources available to your software development teams from weeks to just minutes. This results in a dramatic increase in agility for your company, since the cost and time it takes to experiment and develop is significantly lower.

Stop spending money on running and maintaining data centers
Focus on projects that differentiate your business, not the infrastructure. Cloud computing lets you focus on your own customers, rather than on the heavy lifting of racking, stacking and powering servers.

Go global in minutes

Easily deploy your application in multiple regions around the world with just a few clicks. This means you can provide a lower latency and better experience for your customers simply and at minimal cost.
As you can see from the above key benefits its very logical that companies adopt AWS cloud to make a huge difference to their top-line as well as bottom-line.

“CEO’s and Business Owners should ask their CIOs/IT Heads – When are we adopting cloud and not if we are adopting cloud.”