With the increasing demand and popularity of Cloud Computing, we wouldn’t be surprised by you feeling the urge to jump ships and start your cloud journey. With a CAGR of impressive 30% and the industry all set to cross the 65,000 crore mark by 2025, it is safe to say your efforts into learning Cloud Computing even with non-tech background would not go down the drain.
Switching to a technical job role with a non-technical background is never easy. But with a domain as lucrative and rewarding as Cloud Computing, you wouldn’t mind burning the midnight oil just to make sure you have understood the concepts and mastered the practical aspects as well. If you have a basic understanding of IT concepts, the journey will be quite easy but if you want to learn from scratch and understand IT fundamentals, you will be exposed to some concepts and technologies that might seem intimidating at first. Without further delay, let’s have a look at the few prerequisites to starting off your Cloud Computing journey.
Prerequisites of kick-starting a Cloud Computing journey
1. Understanding operating systems: Linux
Understanding the operating system, how it functions and retrieves or stores data in a server is quite important. For this, we recommend you learn Linux. This will not only give you an edge over the IT professionals who do not know Linux but will also help you become better at Cloud Computing in the long run.
Remember, you do not need advanced level knowledge of Linux – just functional and basic understanding would also help a lot. If you find it interesting, there’s no harm in pursuing a short-term course for Linux as well.
2. Basic understanding of virtualization & Virtual machines
The next most important thing to learn is the concept of virtualization and understanding how virtual machines work. If you are new to Cloud Computing, you should understand the basics of virtualization and how a virtual machine is created. Then, study the components of a virtual machine and understand how it is operated or how it benefits the cloud engineers/administrators. (for example, one can have ‘N’ number of virtual machines being operated at once, and the cost friendliness of using virtual machines).
3. Computer Networking
Without knowing how the IT infrastructure functions or how two machines communicate with each other, you will not be able to understand the basics of Cloud Computing. Hence, the need to understand the concepts of computer networking. Every Cloud Solutions Architect or Engineer is good at networking – this is why they know how the backend infrastructure works and, they’re easily able to fix the system issues, whenever they occur.
Again, getting a networking certification will be helpful but isn’t required – just the basic understanding of the concepts will be enough for you to understand Cloud Computing better.
4. Knowing the market options and providers
Now that you have understood the basics of Cloud Computing, it is time to move to the market and understand what all options are available in terms of types of cloud systems as well as cloud service providers. For example, you should know the difference between public, private, and hybrid cloud – not just the definitions, but the understanding of how these systems work and should be handled, along with their benefits.
Also, you should be well aware of the different cloud service providers in the industry, such as AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. Each cloud service provider has its advantages and unique selling points – you should get hands-on knowledge of each of them.
5. Industry focussed training
Now, one of the most important parts is to focus yourself and your efforts on the industry. Theoretical aspects and knowledge of fundamentals are good to have but when we talk about making a career in Cloud Computing, you need to have professional training that will help you get updated and turn your knowledge into practical experience. We recommend getting a bridge or certification course from industry experts, that will help you in certifying your skills as a Cloud Computing professional and also propel your career in the right direction.
6. Get your first project/work
Last but not the least, you would need to enter the professional/corporate world to get your first Cloud Computing project or job role. After all, just learning and training wouldn’t help – your real learning will begin when you handle real-world challenges and see the case studies you read, turn into complex business challenges. With your first real-world corporate experience, you would have already begun your career as a Cloud Computing professional!
By following the above step-by-step plan, you would not only have working knowledge of Cloud Computing but would also be able to crack through major interviews and get job offers from globally renowned recruiters. So, without giving it a second thought jump right in – we will see you on the other side! Check out CloudThat courses to take a deep dive into the latest technologies.
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