Cloud Computing: Myths Vs. Reality

Written in collaboration with Mary D.

Cloud computing has accelerated communications and the exchange of ideas, bringing the level of interconnectedness to unimaginable heights. This was also made possible thanks to innovative advancements in the A.I. technology sector, which have provided Cloud services with the capability to extract and condense information that can help a business overcome competition and reorganize its organizational infrastructure effectively so that ideas can be continuously recycled and perfected to the benefit of customers, clients and partners—including participants in other even peripheral areas of industry that can benefit indirectly from this inter-change of information. It is the very fact that it has encouraged an inter-disciplinary approach which makes Cloud technology so important to the general public and business/industry in general. But despite the great opportunities that it brings to job seekers in general, there subsists the myth that it cuts jobs, while in fact, quite the opposite happens to be true. In the cloud industry in particular, the demand for cloud computing experts significantly exceeds the supply, meaning that there are a lot of unfilled diverse job positions only in this industry.

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The primary thing job seekers should realize is that the Cloud/IT/Media/Telecommunications industrial cluster offers a great variety of jobs that need the skills of people coming from many diverse areas of industry, not just the IT world; these include lawyers (to deal with internet laws as pertaining to individual country regulations), data analysts, software engineers, programmers, database experts, financial analysts and business consultants (to help a company determine cost-risk analysis and determine budget allowance based on the amount of data storage needed) and many other professions. While two years ago Cloud technology was considered an emerging trend, there is no doubt that it has now become absolutely mainstream; so much so that based on a 2016 report by Spiceworks.com entitled ‘Diving into IT Cloud Services,’ 93% of businesses/organizations use at least one Cloud-based service for data storage, sharing, and back-up and recovery. The innovative progress of Cloud technology has also contributed to the creation of organizations that deal with the educational aspect, and there are several renowned accredited institutes that provide cloud courses and certification in many different areas of cloud technology, such as for example, CloudAcademy.

Certainly, the fears of machine learning and A.I. robbing humanity of jobs and perhaps taking over the planet as it surpasses human intelligence have been exploited by novelists and film directors for decades –  and they do have a very valid point. But the fact remains that Cloud computing is one of those tools that can actually bring in more jobs than expected, whose benefits far outweigh the risks. With the Cloud we can all upload, store and share information on online servers hosted by services like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Youtube, Amazon, and many others without filling up any of our hard drives. This information can then be accessed and shared simultaneously through single or multiple online servers managed by a business or—if they need help integrating and adopting their existing database and ‘migrating’ to the cloud—by the service provider itself (IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service). While some businesses may feel uncomfortable in handing over all their data and security to a third party, most are realizing that it is equally as dangerous to keep all your data on-premise, as it will still be subject to the threat of computer/database crashes, cyber-hacking and possibly industrial espionage by competitors. With the aid of skilled Cloud security experts, however, this danger is drastically reduced.

Those who specialize in cloud security continue to evolve their skills as time goes on and can adapt to new technological security threats thanks to the many training courses available (and the advanced knowledge they have already gained in online computing can help them to counter and even anticipate these threats). However, aside from IaaS, external Cloud computing consultants can also work with the IT team of the company, and aid them to implement and deploy Cloud technology, customizing it to their needs and adapting it to their existing IT infrastructure. So, whether or not a business chooses to resort to IaaS, they can be assured of the reliability of security experts who have the perfect credentials to help them in the process of cloud migration.

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