With cloud computing becoming an integrated component of IT operations, the prospects for professionals with cloud computing skills may get brighter. Cloud computing is a type of computing in which users share computing resources through the Internet. In simple terms, it can be explained as executing applications and storing data without downloading all the necessary files onto your computer or any such devices. Instead, you can utilize the resources on the Internet or other remote servers. Cloud computing is thus a solution that delivers IT as a service and simplifies infrastructure. Cloud computing is a new technology and service that lets users access computing resources on demand, as needed, whether the resources are physical or virtual. According to a recent report published by IBEF, the cloud services market in India is expected to spend U.S. $4.2 billion from 2013 to 2017.
As a prospective career choice in IT, you will need to acquire skills to enter this sector. This can be achieved by taking courses in cloud computing. Cloud computing courses are usually offered at different levels. Various institutes offer courses which may span over two days to 12 months, depending upon the level of the course.
Once equipped with the desired qualification, you may be able to work as a cloud architect, cloud security specialist, cloud developer or cloud infrastructure manager in an IT company.
Aspiring candidates can generally enroll in a course in cloud computing after a bachelor’s degree in engineering (information technology or computer science), Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) or Master of Science (M.Sc.) in IT or Computer Science. Students would be required to have a basic understanding of programming to take on this course. Any fresh graduate or IT and software professional with some working experience may take this course, provided they meet entrance requirements.
You may take a certificate program or a diploma degree, depending upon the time and other resources available to you. You may choose the mode of study as regular, distance education or online medium. A typical course in cloud computing may include subjects like fundamentals of cloud computing, grid computing and clustering, types of clouds, cloud computing architecture, virtualization techniques, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS), cloud management tools, securing cloud storage, network level security, introduction to data centres and storage essentials. The courses may deal with Windows Azure, VMware or Red Hat computing platforms.
Some institutes and academies that offer courses on cloud computing are listed below:
Programmes are subject to change, it is advisable to check directly with a school for current programme availability.
“About Windows Azure Course,” Deccansoft, http://www.deccansoft.com/Training/WindowsAzure.aspx
“Advanced Diploma in Cloud Computing and Services and Support,” i-Grandee Institute of Information Technology and Engineering, http://www.igiite.com/jsp/CCSS.jsp
“Cloud Computing,” Aptech, http://www.aptech-education.com/courses-cloud-computing.aspx
“Cloud Computing Course,” The Times of India, 6 April, 2012, http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-04-06/news/31300026_1_module-data-centre-cloud
“Cloud Computing Distance learning program,” Innobuzz, http://www.innobuzz.in/landing/cloud-computing-distance.php?program=Cloud%20Computing
“Cloud Computing, Virtualization and Storage curriculam,” Red Hat, http://www.redhat.com/training/paths/cloud-virtualization.html
“Course: Cloud Computing,” Good Online Training, http://www.goodonlinetraining.com/cloud-computing-online-training
“IBM Cloud Computing,” IBM, http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/certs/cc_index.shtml
“IIHT Cloud Computing Training Course,” IIHT, https://www.iiht.com/iiht-lp-cloud/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Cloud+Computing+Generic#TrainingDetails
“India: An attractive market for cloud computing,” IBEF, Aparna Dutt Sharma, 13 May, 2013, http://www.ibef.org/brand-india/conversations/india-an-attractive-market-for-cloud-computing.aspx
“Introduction to Cloud Computing,” Cloud Gurkul, http://www.cloudgurkul.com/training.php#
“New Roles and Skills for Cloud Computing,” Forbes, David Linthicum, 24 June, 2011, http://www.forbes.com/sites/microsoft/2011/06/24/new-roles-and-skills-for-cloud-computing/
“Remote infrastructure management courses,” IIJT, http://www.iijt.net/Website/remote-infrastructure-management-courses.aspx
“VMware VCP 5.1 Training in Pune,” ITECH Connect, http://itechpune.in/vmware-training-pune.html
“Windows Azure training,” Microsoft, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/azure-training.aspx