Do you find yourself thinking so hard about what you want to do next in your career that you just get frustrated? You’re not alone. With so much constantly going on in the IT world sometimes its too much to think about, and at other times you just see nothing.
You need to expand your knowledge and add new skills to improve your ability to work in the cloud.
Your company wants to make more money, and since you’re employed by them it is their hope that you will contribute to generating more of that money.
This is important to remember as you think about the technology training you want and need to expand your skills to work in the cloud. You’re hoping that your company will send you for that training, but you should also remember that hope is not a strategy!
Consider Yourself an Investment
No, we’re not talking about a horror movie in which astronauts find a cute little baby space creature and adopt it… we’re talking about data.
It’s a tiny word, but one that most people love to hear directed at them. Here’s an example:
“Is it just me, or does it seem like everything on our network is working faster and better?”
“Yes, everything is running faster lately.”
“Did we add something? I don’t remember authorizing more budget for IT.”
“Actually, we’re spending lots less than before.”
“What?? We’re spending less and it’s working better?”
“Is that even possible?”
You’re wrong. If you think cloud computing is making it impossible for you to find a job working in IT security, you’re wrong.
From the beginning of the Cloud’s phenomenal growth, data and network security has been a primary concern holding users back from adopting. There was this odd impression that the data being outside the four walls of the company’s facilities would somehow make them more vulnerable. In fact, the common denominator of having an internet connection whether into your own facility or a cloud facility made them equally vulnerable.
The deciding factor is really financial in nature. Who can afford to invest more in data and network security for their data? You, or a major cloud services provider like AWS, Microsoft, or IBM Softlayer? No contest.
A common misconception is that OpenStack computing is something used for the companies that have or need services in the “Cloud”. This is actually far from the truth. Any company with a datacenter of more than 4 servers could benefit from implementing some form of the OpenStack Architecture. A way of looking at OpenStack is that it is an Enterprise Operating system. It allows companies to mix vendor hardware to meet their needs, instead of being locked into what a specific vendor tells them they need, right in their own shop. There is not the security worry of data being stored off-site, because it never leaves the building.
In a Microsoft-sponsored skills gap study, IDC examined the correlation between the growth of cloud computing and the need for certified, trained, "cloud-ready" professionals to provide support for a rapidly changing technology environment.