By Ranjan K Baruah
At the time of present pandemic situations, we are bound to think of new career options which might be useful and help us in getting placement easily. We have seen the importance of technology during the crisis time especially when it comes to imparting education. During these days technology has become crucial and most important to continue our learning and attending classes. This situation has enabled us to plan our career related to technology and how best it can be used by us.
Today, we are talking about an option which is known to us but we need to know more about it and learn more about it for sustainable placement and jobs or self employed in the field of computer technology. We are talking about cloud computing and how it can be a career option for us. Cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage (cloud storage) and computing power, without direct active management by the user.
We might be thinking that all of us do not have any connection with it and it is only connected with a few individuals associated with technology. But the fact is we are probably using cloud computing right now, even if we don’t realise it.
When we use an online service to send email, edit documents, watch movies or TV, listen to music, play games or store pictures and other files, it is likely that cloud computing is making it all possible behind the scenes. The first cloud computing services are barely a decade old, but already a variety of organisations-from tiny start-ups to global corporations, government agencies to non-profits-are embracing the technology for all sorts of reasons.
The term ‘Cloud Computing’ Is generally used to describe data centres available to many users over the Internet. Large clouds, predominant today, often have functions distributed over multiple locations from central servers. If the connection to the user is relatively close, it may be designated an edge server. In simple terms, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services-including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence-over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.
Cloud computing is popular and widely used because there are advantages like cost, speed, global scale, productivity, performance, reliability and security. It eliminates the capital expense of buying hardware and software and setting up and running on-site datacenters-the racks of servers, the round-the-clock electricity for power and cooling, the IT experts for managing the infrastructure.
The benefits of cloud computing services include the ability to scale elastically. There are three different ways to deploy cloud services: on a public cloud, private cloud or hybrid cloud.
Trained young people in India will have more opportunity in cloud computing as it is becoming more prevalent in companies, both large and small. The requirement is also high and it is expected over a million jobs in the sector will be created in the country by 2022, according to a report. Cloud architects and other specialists with experience can earn more.
In order to utilise and harness the benefits of Cloud Computing, Government of India has embarked upon an ambitious initiative – “GI Cloud” which has been named as “MeghRaj”. The focus of this initiative is to accelerate delivery of e-services in the country while optimizing ICT spending of the Government. This will ensure optimum utilization of the infrastructure and speed up the development and deployment of eGov applications.
Aspirants who are interested to learn more about it may join a few basic online courses which provide certificate courses for the beginners. Computer engineers or software experts may choose to master themselves in this field and become cloud architects. There are certificate programmes, post graduate diploma which can be opted by aspirants to make their career in the field of cloud computing.
(The author is a career mentor and can be reached at 8473943734 or [email protected])