The demand for certified cloud computing professionals has soared, outpacing the disruptive shift from in-house servers and computing power to the flexibility and scalability of cloud-based systems. The shortage of qualified professionals in this domain presents a golden opportunity for those who are willing to learn the necessary cloud computing skills. The most in-demand cloud platforms are maintained by Amazon (Amazon Web Services, or AWS), Microsoft (Azure), and Google (Google Cloud Platform).

Innovation in digital technology moves quickly, perpetually changing the landscape, which means you have to stay on top of new trends and developments in order to remain relevant in the industry. While the pandemic cast a dark shadow on 2020, the migration toward distance learning and remote work created even more demand for cloud services. Forrester Research expects the cloud computing market to grow 35 percent in 2021, compared to 2020.

The bottom line is that cloud computing is here to stay and growing at a rapid clip, so rapid that companies will continue to seek out qualified professionals with AWS skills and advanced cloud computing skills in general.

Here are the top cloud computing skills to develop in 2021:

  • Cloud Security
  • Machine Learning and AI
  • Cloud Deployment and Migration Across Multiple Platforms
  • Database Skills   
  • DevOps

Cloud Security

The very nature of cloud computing—outsourcing the storage and retrieval of often-sensitive business data—necessitates a profound focus on security and trust. IT security is (or should be) a top priority in most organizations, since a single security breach has the potential to expose customer data, steal valuable intellectual property, and permanently damage a company’s reputation. The demand for cybersecurity talent in general is massive and growing every day, but particularly in the cloud domain. 

Simplilearn’s free Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) course, consisting of seven hours of self-paced video tutorials, is a great place to start. This introductory course will help you understand common vulnerabilities and risks, cloud application security, cloud architecture security, and more. When you’re ready to proceed toward your certifications, enroll in the full CCSP course. This program consists of 50 hours of applied learning (a combination of live, online, instructor-led courses, self-paced videos, and hands-on projects) and includes a voucher for the certification exam.

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Machine Learning and AI

Machine learning and artificial intelligence in general is a red-hot market segment, cloud computing aside. But since the major cloud vendors have offered tools and services that provide greater access to cloud-based AI and machine learning applications, they have become vital cloud computing skills. Once referred to as “infrastructure as a service” by Amazon’s AWS division, cloud computing can deliver the computing power and infrastructure needed by organizations of any size that want to dabble in AI and machine learning. 

As the machine learning industry has matured, the delivery of machine learning solutions over the cloud is now referred to as machine learning as a service, or MLaaS and is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 43 percent through 2023. As with cybersecurity, machine learning and AI are in need of talent generally. Combining cloud computing skills with AI skills, however, could exponentially raise your stock as a professional in the field.

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Cloud Deployment and Migration Across Multiple Platforms

As organizations continue to migrate native IT systems to cloud platforms, or from one cloud platform to another, they have a need for professionals with deployment and migration skills. This isn’t as simple as flipping a switch, but requires advanced cloud computing skills in order to protect the integrity and security of data while minimizing downtime. While it’s always smart to avoid limiting yourself, many organizations need professionals who understand all three major cloud platforms. If you have AWS skills, Azure skills, and Google Cloud skills, you’ll have more career opportunities and more value within a given organization.

Simplilearn’s Post Graduate Program in Cloud Computing, designed in collaboration with CalTech CTME, offers a comprehensive, 12-month education in all three major cloud platforms. Best of all, it’s designed for working professionals. If you just need to brush up on one or two cloud platforms, you might consider the following courses:

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Database Skills   

Globally, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day, much of it unstructured but with the potential to provide enormous value for organizations. As these databases are mostly hosted on cloud platforms, the interest in distilling useful insights from this information fuels the demand for professionals with the cloud computing skills to manage, store, and access data. If you’re an IT professional, this is the perfect time to invest in learning a database querying language and an associated database platform.

The de-facto standard database language to learn is SQL. If you want to develop your skills a little more, you could consider learning MySQL, MongoDB, or Hadoop. If you’re new to database querying languages, then a good place to start is with Simplilearn’s SQL Certification Training Course

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Derived from the term “developmental operations,” DevOps refers to the popular method of software development that takes the entire software lifecycle into account, from planning to maintenance. The DevOps method allows organizations to automate certain updates and get updates out much quicker and efficiently. It’s an important development process in the world of cloud computing, so adding DevOps to your set of cloud computing skills is a smart move. 

Simplilearn’s Post Graduate Program in DevOps, designed in collaboration with CalTech CTME, offers a comprehensive education in this process and will prepare you for roles where DevOps plays a significant role. If you’re unable to commit to the nine-month post graduate program or you’re just looking for something more introductory, then the 56-hour DevOps Certification Course may be a better option.

Other Cloud Computing Skills to Consider

While we have highlighted some of the most important cloud computing skills to pursue, they’re hardly the only ones you should take up. Everyone’s career path, organizational needs, and existing skill sets are different, after all. These skills are also important to the world of cloud computing:

  • Serverless architecture
  • Programming languages
  • Linux certification
  • Quality assurance 

Of course, the need for new cloud computing skills that we haven’t discussed here (or which have yet to be developed or identified) are sure to arise. Check back next year for the top cloud computing skills for 2022!

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About the Author

Krishna Kumar EmaniKrishna Kumar Emani

Krishna is an IaaS cloud expert and is associated with Arcserve. Leading the cloud service provider division, Krishna’s main responsibilities include development, implementation, and management of Cloud Data centres. He is certified in VCP, Google Cloud Certified System Operations, Red Hat, and MCSE.

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