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Cloud Engineers


Cloud computing as we know it today began in 2002 with the launch of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) public cloud. AWS provided many small- and medium-sized businesses with a cost-effective way to maintain servers, access software, and better manage the growing need for information technology (IT) services by using a trusted, third-party provider such as Amazon.

The growth in Internet availability and speed, high-capacity networks, and low-cost computers increased the number and types of cloud computing technologies that were available to businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and consumers. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted many businesses to require their employees to work from home and schools to educate students online, which created even more demand for cloud computing systems.

More than 90 percent of U.S. firms use some form of cloud computing, according to CompTIA, a nonprofit industry trade association. Over 60 percent of those companies reported that cloud components represent at least one-third of their overall IT architecture. Use of cloud computing is expected to grow quickly in coming years. Worldwide spending on cloud services reached $371 billion in 2020, according to the market research firm RESEARCH AND MARKETS. It is projected to reach $832.1 billion by 2025. “Cloud computing skills, such as configuration, deployment, security for cloud services, management and troubleshooting will be essential to IT pros since cloud computing can help reduce capital expenditures by 38 percent,” according to CompTIA, which named cloud computing as the third-most, in-demand IT skill in 2021.

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