Why you ask? Because news about servers, infrastructure-level technologies, and new business models around shared computing resources isn't exactly the stuff of thrilling headlines. To top it off, these technologies are complex. But mastering them—especially as a college student—can be extremely rewarding professionally and financially.
Even if you don't end up becoming a cloud engineer, this skill set will be a powerful addition to your arsenal and could make you far more attractive in the eyes of the world's largest companies.
Most companies today no longer buy and maintain their own computers (called servers) to host their websites—they lease those computers from others. They do this because, due to technological progress, computing power has become extremely cheap. Imagine if staying in a hotel cost $1 per night, not $100. Would you ever buy a house?
People and companies use computers for a huge variety of things—running calculations, storing files and images, sending or receiving information, and so on—so companies that provide cloud services (like Amazon Web Services) need an army of engineers to make sure all these computers are functioning properly. That's where you and your new skill set come in: learning the techniques these engineers use may help you land up at the world's biggest companies.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) currently accounts for 13% of Amazon's total revenue, or more than $30 billion in 2019, and it generates a lot of profit. The only barrier to growth is talent, and job growth in cloud heavily spiking. In fact, according to LinkedIn data, Cloud Computing is the #1 skill companies need most in 2019, up there with Artificial Intelligence!
AWS engineers work with a large array of tools on a daily basis. Here are the most common ones, and the ones you'll learn about in our class.
Elastic Compute Cloud allows companies to rent Amazon's spare computing power and run anything from a website to huge machine learning algorithms.
Simple Storage Service gives you the power to host massive files online—think of it kind of like a Dropbox for coders and websites.
CloudWatch collects monitoring and operational data in the form of logs, metrics, and events, so you'll know instantly if a service goes down.
Virtual Private Cloud lets you provision a logically isolated section of the AWS Cloud where you can launch AWS resources in a virtual network.
"We recognise that industry is changing exponentially fast, which inspires us to work directly with companies to understand the skills they need most. There is no faster growing business than Amazon, and iXperience is excited to collaborate with AWS and build one of the world's first global cloud computing courses."
Note: This course overview is for informational purposes only. The content and learning objectives are set by your teachers, and may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curriculum revisions, the actual pace of learning by students, and other factors.
Cloud Computing Essentials
AWS infrastructure as it relates to system operations, such as global infrastructure, core services, and account security. AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI), additional administration and development tools. Manage, secure, and scale compute instances on AWS, as well as configurations.
Big Data Analytics
Manage, secure, and scale databases on AWS. Monitor the health of infrastructure with services such as Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudTrail, and AWS Config. Configure and manage storage options using the storage services offered with AWS.
Development & Testing Environments
Build virtual private networks with Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). Monitor the health of infrastructure with services such as Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudTrail, and AWS Config. Manage resource consumption in an AWS account by using tags, Amazon CloudWatch, and AWS Trusted Advisor.
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