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Brijesh Kohli

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Cloud computing trends post covid era

Cloud computing is the availability of various computing services—primarily computing, storage, faster innovation, lowering infrastructure costs, and making your end-user systems highly available. It reduces the burden of maintaining on-premise infrastructure and, since it is an on-demand delivery model, you ‘pay as you go’.

Cloud Computing is not a replacement in the IT industry. It has been there for the past few years. But what is Cloud Computing and why is a pandemic, like Covid-19, forcing certain organizations to think of adopting Cloud Computing? Cloud computing is the availability of various computing services—primarily computing, storage, faster innovation, lowering infrastructure costs and making your end-user systems highly available. It reduces the burden of maintaining on-premise infrastructure and, since it is an on-demand delivery model, you ‘pay as you go’.

There are many sectors which have moved their workloads to the Cloud since the world entered the Covid-19 pandemic times. The Cloud is an essential, irresistible technology and serves as an ultimate solution to accessing IT software and systems. The deadly coronavirus has made Cloud adoption an immediate priority for organizations rather than a slowly approached future transformation. The benefits of Cloud lie in the incontrovertible fact that employees—rather the engineers—of an enterprise are not hooked onto the closed hardware-based IT infrastructure any longer and, so, the necessity of performing from networked office premises is eliminated.

This study also details the foremost used Cloud services during the pandemic considering the demand of Amazon Web Services. The reasons for growing Cloud adoption after the spread of Covid-19 have been described and, therefore, the challenges that organizations will face are additionally explained.

Various governments started enforcing lockdown measures on entire towns, cities—and even countries. With this, different businesses started getting adversely impacted, since physical availability of employees was restricted with only a very few exceptions. This triggered a surge in the use of virtual tools and techniques to stay connected with businesses within a very short time frame.

In the wake of the pandemic, implementing virtual solutions, like Microsoft Teams—which not only provides video-enabled remote classes, but also a platform to review and share documents and homework according to age groups—also becomes essential. With these platforms, teachers are able to develop closer connections with their students. Online is a convenient way of attending classes from any place and, if needed, recordings can help review the content taught in the live online classes. With video-enabled e-learning platforms, teachers and students are kept engaged during these classes too.

Everlasting advantages of Cloud adoption

While the Cloud was born to supply certain essential features, like high availability, scalability, business continuity, fault tolerance, disaster recovery, automatic software updates, flexibility and so on, over time, tons of state-of-the art features and services have emerged with the growing interest in the adoption of Cloud by various enterprises.

Originally, Amazon Web Services emerged as a sustainable public Cloud during a shared infrastructure model. Customers do not have any control over the public Cloud infrastructure and, therefore, the cost is shared and it is either free or within a sort of license policy, like pay-per-use. Public Clouds are great for organizations that need managing the host applications.

Cloud Transformation: Learning Perspective & Talent Development

As mentioned above the cloud is been there in the industry for the past few years, but initially no one identified the scope of this technology, but as soon as it started getting recognition, it experiences a quick boom. The reason of getting a quick boom is that its capabilities are endless, a service that is not present today, can be provided in future, shared responsibility model is there to help everyone, economies of cost is there that benefits both the parties i.e., cloud service provider & the user. Anyone can consume the resources that are required, no upfront costing model is there that saves a huge cost & fulfills the need of custom requirement of the consumer.

All these facts guarantee that Cloud Computing is an indispensable factor for any company/organization/individual, therefore, it is very important for anyone to learn the operations on cloud. Cloud Computing has services for multiple domains, therefore if a person is a database expert, machine learning engineer, networking expert, DevOps expert, big data expert, AI expert, or in any other field, the cloud offers services in almost all the areas, & when it comes to the aspect of large-scale projects/operations, then definitely cloud computing is the thing that everyone chooses. Therefore, if people know the services that the cloud provides (according to their skill set, as the cloud offers a lot of services) then it will be an amazing addition to their skill set, as whenever their skills are needed, they are ready with them.

Even students have started learning cloud skills to showcase their potential to the industry/other concerned people, moreover, cloud skills also help you in multiple odd conditions. For example, you urgently require some extra computing power to perform a task, but your on-premises systems don’t support that. Now, if you are oblivious of cloud, then definitely you will think to buy a new machine that supports your task, which is not a wise decision, as you don’t require that machine in the long run & also you had invested a big upfront amount. But, on the other hand, if you have chosen cloud, then it would have been a wise decision, as you must pay a very small amount (negligible as compared to the former one) & your requirement is also fulfilled. These are some amazing facts/logics supporting the learning perspective & talent development in cloud computing.

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