Myths about AWS Cloud Computing, Sales Force etc. and what’s the Truth

May 29th 2015 at 2:02 AM

There are many myths surrounding a career in AWS cloud computing, Sales Force or MS cloud computing to name a few. Many prospective cloud computing professionals are confused as to the pre-requisites to enter into this burgeoning area. Cloud computing is a vast area of information technology. It is not restricted to software alone. It also involves hardware, data centers, virtualization and more. Connected by software engineering concepts, this area can be mastered by anyone with an aptitude for technology. There is no stringent requirement of a computer science degree to start learning.

Myth 1 – To enter into cloud computing a strong development background is required

Anyone with an understanding of the cloud computing architecture, how services are delivered, how to negotiate with vendors, functional understanding can make a career. It is not for software developers alone. There are various non-development tasks in this area.

Myth 2- Previous IT experience is required

Not all people involved in this area need technical skills. While they are a bonus, there are other skills desirable. Strategic thinking, business skills, marketing capability, business development, client relationships, configuration management, project management office are some of the other skills required.

Myth 3 – Only developers and technical people can excel

As this IT discipline also involves managers, marketers, and system administrators, even non-technical and semi-technical people can progress. It is about taking up a field of expertise, such as Amazon web services for example, and specializing in it and becoming the best in that.

What should you know?

Now that it is established that anyone can learn this IT discipline, there are some areas that professionals ought to know.

· Operating systems – Cloud architects at least should have a high level working knowledge of virtualization on different operating systems, networking concepts etc. Virtualization technologies have a major role in the domain of cloud computing. Cloud architects must understand the type and scale of resources utilized by virtualization technologies.

· Virtualization – Included in virtualization is another technology called Consolidation. It helps companies using virtualization to share many physical server resources to run applications. They need not allocate a sole physical server for this purpose. Hypervisor is a technology that powers all virtualization machines. Some examples are KVM, OpenVZ and VMWare. Cloud environments use hypervisor, if not the original core, at least a modified one. AWS cloud computing uses Xen. All of this is very specific information that supports a cloud architect’s strategic decision making process.

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