Cloud computing is the online delivery of digital tools and services – these including data storage, servers, databases, network systems, analytics, artificial intelligence, and software. Provided through the internet (a.k.a. the “cloud”); businesses are given flexible access to their necessary resources, improving communications, innovation, and overall workplace productivity.
Popular examples of cloud computing include online software subscriptions (i.e. Spotify, Netflix, Microsoft Office 365), online file storage (i.e. Google Drive) and everyday communication tools such as e-mail and social media. Whatever requires the use of software or digital data are now likely available through the cloud – in contrast to traditional practices of having on-premise hardware or physical, standalone products.
AIICT’s Cloud Computing Certified Professional course provides bootcamp training in the fundamentals of the field, delving into both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required of industry experts. Students will learn the basics of cloud computing architecture, business principles, security, compliance, and more; as well as familiarise themselves with the sectors leading cloud providers: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.
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While AIICT cannot guarantee any job outcomes, our cloud computing course can lay the foundations for entry-level job opportunities in the field.
Potential career paths include:
Cloud engineering. With much of our course exploring aspects of cloud architecture, migration, security, and maintenance – you’ll build the fundamental skills required to start pursuing a career in cloud engineering. These are the experts responsible for building, maintaining, and implementing the use of cloud services; with experience in AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud often in high demand.
Cloud administration. Our program also focuses on ways of operating the cloud, granting you basic experience in cloud-related administrative tasks. Cloud administrators are responsible for developing, maintaining, and configuring the systems and processes within cloud platforms – ensuring optimum performance and addressing any operational issues. They may also automate certain workloads or procedures, helping these systems work as efficiently as possible.
Cloud computing consultancy. Your newfound knowledge of cloud concepts, practices, compliance and business principles can help set the stage for opportunities as a cloud consultant. You’ll additionally have expertise of major cloud providers under your belt, further boosting your skills value on the job market. As the name suggests, these professionals are closely familiar with cloud-related operations and software, helping businesses make the right decisions when adopting the technology.
AIICT’s Cloud Computing Certified Professional course offers certification under four leading global IT bodies:
CompTIA Cloud Essentials+, a certification that equips you with the fundamental skills and concepts of cloud management, administration, development, and operation;
AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, a certification that explores AWS’ cloud environment and its benefits for business;
Microsoft Azure Fundamentals, a certification that verifies your basic knowledge of Microsoft Azure’s cloud services – including how to manage workloads, security, and privacy in these environments; and
Google Cloud Digital Leader, a certification that builds your cloud computing skills in a Google Cloud environment, offering practical experience through Qwiklabs projects.
Arming you with internationally-recognised credentials, you’ll enter the cloud computing field with a competitive edge, helping you draw the attention of potential employers. With our training flexibly delivered online, you’ll also have the freedom of studying at a schedule, place, and pace that suits you best, helping you tend to other commitments if necessary.
Additionally, graduates gain access to our Industry Partner Program – a membership that offers further career coaching and links you to prospective companies in the industry, helping further open doors in your cloud computing career journey.
Cloud computing refers to the delivery of IT-related services over the internet – these including software, servers, databases, data storage, and network tools or systems. The technology has rapidly grown in demand for its ability to eliminate on-premise hardware costs (i.e. onsite data centres and physical servers), offer scalable investment options (meaning you only pay for as much service as you need), strengthen data security, and improve overall workplace productivity.
Through cloud computing services, businesses are able to migrate all their data and processes online – making resources more easily accessible and offloading the necessary maintenance work form their in-house IT teams to their cloud service provider.
There are three types of cloud environments:
Public cloud, in which cloud-related services are owned by third-party vendors, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure.
Private cloud, in which cloud computing resources are used exclusively by a single organisation – typically through an on-site data centre, though some third-party service providers may also be able to host a business’ private cloud.
Hybrid cloud, a combination of the previous two environments; in which data files and applications are shared between a public and private cloud.
The most popular types of cloud computing services typically involve IT infrastructure, development platforms, and software.
Successful cloud computing professionals firstly require a comprehensive knowledge of key cloud and business concepts. They need to know how cloud platforms are designed, deployed, and maintained; along with the best ways of migrating data onto the cloud with minimal business disruption. An understanding of its business benefits is also necessary, allowing you to help companies make the right decisions when adopting such services.
Additionally, having an expertise in cyber security can equip you with the best practices in securing cloud environments. With the technology often sought after for its heightened data security, skills in implementing this protection are a must.
Of course, the right soft skills are also crucial. Cloud computing professionals are typically expected to be excellent communicators, as they’re often turned to by companies for migration and vendor-related advice. Being adaptive to change is also a key trait, with the field subject to constant new developments.
Why Study Cloud Computing?
With its ability to improve workplace communication, efficiency, and overall productivity (particularly among remote workers), it’s no surprise how companies are increasingly adopting the cloud on both a local and global scale. The larger the business – the greater the use of cloud technologies, with 81% of organisations (holding 200 or more employees) currently on the cloud. Such numbers are only expected to grow with the rise of telecommuting, especially amidst post-pandemic workforce changes.
With more and more businesses now adopting the cloud (in fact, 55% of Australian companies have reportedly paid for such services between 2019-20), demand for such skills has skyrocketed in recent years. AlphaBeta and AWS’ recent Building Digital Skills for the Changing Workforce report have ranked cloud computing experience as the most in-demand skillset required by employers by 2025, a demand bolstered by an increasingly digital, post-pandemic landscape.
In fact, recent findings by Gartner show a potential 17.6% increase in Australian cloud computing expenses by the end of 2022 – underlining its growing importance in modern business. This growth in demand, however, is currently outpaced by an ever-expanding skills shortage. The country now requires an extra 60,000 ICT workers each year to bridge the growing talent gap; among which cloud computing remains a priority. Additionally, statistics show that 65% of Australian workers now need to be trained in cloud-related skills by 2025, should they wish to progress in their general careers.
Thus, studying cloud computing not only paves the way for plenty of career opportunity in the field – it also ensures your skills stay relevant and competitive for an increasingly digital future. Such services are no longer a “nice-to-have” among businesses, but have become a critical technological staple. With high demand facing a currently limited talent pool, plenty of cloud computing positions also pay a generous salary; according to Payscale, the average earnings for cloud computing skills currently sits at a whopping $136,000 AUD per year. Study options have additionally never been more accessible, with abundant opportunities to build your skills online. This includes AIICT’s Cloud Computing Certified Professional program, a comprehensive course flexibly delivered through an all-online platform.
On top of this, learning cloud computing can open doors for flexible tech-related career paths. With much of your work taking place through digital means, you’ll likely find plenty of remote or work-from-home positions; allowing you to take your job with you wherever you go.
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