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Why you shouldn’t neglect Amazon Web Services skills and trainings

For many people Amazon is simply a huge online shop. But the company has other successful ventures. One of them is Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Amazon Web Services is the most popular public cloud platform in the world. It started back in 2002 and for a while it wasn’t that famous. In 2006 it was reformed and re-launched adding new features, tools and cloud hosting.

Again, it was quite a niche service. Then in 2010 Amazon started using it for its own services and the cloud market was finally ready to grow. By 2015 AWS finally started to bring in profits. And those profits were coming in faster than analysts were expecting.

As using cloud services became more and more popular in the business world, so did choosing AWS as a cloud service rose. The latest data from Canalys is quite telling.

The analysts estimate that AWS earned $7 billion in revenue for Q4 2018 and netted a 46% year-on-year rise. Microsoft Azure comes in second with $4 billion revenue and 76% jump.

“AWS maintained momentum due to traction from its enterprise customers, while Microsoft’s progress benefits from its longstanding hybrid IT initiatives, taken up by its large base of on-premise customers”, Canalys research analyst Daniel Liu says, quoted by ITWire. He expects the trend to continue in 2019 “with more customers adopting multi-cloud strategies, including hybrid IT.”

AWS continues to grow

It’s safe to say that cloud services will continue to play an important role in corporate IT. And this will be the case for quite some time. There’s still a lot more that the cloud has to offer and it’s already preparing for the next wave. It will feature hybrid clouds, edge computing and a lot more. So, keeping in tune with the latest cloud developments will be very important.

This means having proper trainings for your IT team will be vital. There’s already a shortage of skilled cloud specialists (see what certificates they include in their resumes to get a better picture), so you will need to help your team hone these skills and retain them.

Here are a few AWS trainings which will help with that.

AWS Essentials

Of course, you can’t start without making sure you’ve covered all the essentials. This course will introduce to AWS products, services, and common solutions. It includes demos, knowledge checks, and hands-on lab activities. It’s a great way to learn the basic fundamentals to become more proficient in AWS and be empowered to make informed decisions about IT solutions based on business requirements.

Security Engineering on AWS

Security is extremely important, so knowing your way around AWS is vital. This course shows how to efficiently use AWS security services to stay secure and compliant in the AWS Cloud. It also highlights AWS-recommended security best practices. There’s also information on the security features of AWS key services including compute, storage, networking, and database services and a lot more.

AWS Solution Architect Associate Certification Training Course

This course focuses on the in-depth understanding of Amazon Web Services (AWS) architectural principles and services. It explores how cloud computing is redefining the rules of IT architecture and how to design, plan, and scale AWS Cloud implementations with best practices recommended by Amazon.

AWS Technical Essentials Certification Training

This course, prepared in line with the latest and updated AWS syllabus, apart from imparting the fundamentals of AWS cloud platform, will make you proficient in identifying AWS services. The two live projects included in this course ensure that you are well versed in using the AWS platform. The course also contains Live Demo on how to use the AWS console to create instances, S3 buckets etc.

Running Container-Enabled Microservices on AWS
Going a little deeper, this course teaches how to manage and scale container-enabled applications by using Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS). The course highlights the challenges of running containerized applications at scale and provides guidance on creating and using Amazon ECS to develop and deploy containerized microservices-based applications.

Secrets to Successful Cloud Transformations<

Finally, something quite intriguing. This course helps you select the right strategy, people, migration plan, and financial management methodology needed when moving your workloads to the cloud. It’s a guide on how to build a holistic cloud-adoption plan and how to hire people who will execute that plan. You will also learn best practices for choosing workloads to migrate from your on-premises environment to AWS. This course focuses on the business aspects of cloud transformation, rather than the technical aspects.