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What skills do you need to start a career in cloud computing?

HomeTechnologyWhat skills do you need to start a career in cloud computing?

As organizations progress and move towards cloud for better database management, the demand for cloud computing professionals is increasing. Large or small, companies are shifting their focus to cloud servers—for better security, scalability, reduce cost (server bills) and more computing power for performance.

Increasing adopt of cloud services

In the past few years, cloud computing has picked large traction among companies —

  • Almost 94 percent of enterprises use a cloud server, FlexerRight Scale reports.
  • 50 percent of enterprises spend more than $1.2 million on cloud services annually.
  • By 2020, 83 percent of enterprise workload will be on cloud. While 41 percent enterprises will use a public cloud. 22 percent will use a private cloud and 21 percent will use a hybrid cloud model.
  • 66 percent of enterprises have a central cloud computing team or cloud center of excellence; Right Scale’s state of cloud 2019 report says. The objective of teams is – to cut down cost by optimizing use (among 68 percent enterprises), figure out which applications should run on which cloud (for 62 percent of enterprises) and setting up policies for cloud usage (for 59 percent).

As could be seen from the above statistics, cloud computing is a great industry to get into. Now and for the future. However, it is easier said than done. A career in cloud computing demands an extensive set of skills—from knowledge of an array of public and private cloud platforms to programming skills.

Here are five cloud computing skills you need to jump start a career in it.

Cloud Computing Skills


Companies host their large databases on cloud. In fact, data storage is one of the primary objectives of using a cloud service. Enterprises require people who are skilled in managing databases hosted on cloud platforms. For this, people need to know databases querying languages – SQL, and other technologies like Hadoop, Mongo DB, Cassandra, etc.


For a progressive career in cloud computing,you need to be hands-on with programming concepts.Various applications such as CRM, ERP, Marketing Automation tools etc. are hosted on cloud which sometimes require fiddling and thus programming comes handy. Knowledge of web development languages like PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, etc. will benefit in career advancement. It’s an important cloud computing skill to master.

Multi-cloud environment

Hybrid public cloud is the go-to solution for the needs of majority of enterprises. Nearly 45 percent of enterprises prioritize a hybrid cloud solution, the previously mentioned 2019 State of Cloud says. Enterprises tend to favors the use of combination of cloud platforms – public, private, and on premise.

AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud are popular choices for public cloud platforms.  VMware vSphere, VMware vCloud Director, and Openstack are popular private cloud options. The fact that enterprises are looking at optimizing the cost, using a hybrid cloud is an obvious solution.


In 2019, Microsoft Azure, a cloud platform, has the second highest adoption rate with 60 percent, preceded by AWS with 67 percent adoption rate. Working with Azure, requires understanding of Linux environment. Hence, to excel, knowledge of Linux is crucial.


DevOpsis a crucial part of organizations function.It ensures uninterrupted service for organizations. It requires knowledge of tools like Docker, Ansible, Kubernetes, etc. Though not mandatory among cloud computing professionals, basic knowledge of working with these tools comes is beneficial.

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Ariaa Reeds
Ariaa Reeds
Ariaa Reeds is a professional writer, a blogger who writes for a variety of online publications. She is also an acclaimed blogger outreach expert and content marketer. She loves writing blogs and promoting websites related to education, fashion, finance, travel, health and technology categories.


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