Cloud Computing part 6

Amazon has many offices and data centers located in 12 countries. But the company is planning to open more worldwide in the next few years and hiring skill workers locally. The Amazon Web Services (AWS) chief announced that he is planning to open data centers in every country. He said: “I expect every major country, over time, to have an AWS. Some may have more than one data center.”

There is a growing demand for more cloud computing centers than the ever before. Many companies are closing their own data centers, putting most of their data and infrastructure on “the cloud” own by Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. Many are using the cloud for more than just storing files or running software, as these cloud companies do offer special big data software that helps process enormous volumes of data to find special patterns that can help improve efficiency, identify issues and improve productivity and profits. To do that, they need to put their data centers close to customers to reduce the time it takes to transfer information from a customer’s laptop to the cloud.

Cloud computing metaphor: the group of networked elements providing services need not be individually addressed or managed by users; instead, the entire provider-managed suite of hardware and software can be thought of as an amorphous cloud. (Image:Wikimedia Commons)

According to several studies, the benefits of cloud computing are significant over having your own information system and data center. Instead of buying, upgrading, and maintaining hardware and software, companies are outsourcing everything to cloud computing providers, so they can save money. Instead of hiring hardware and software workers, they can focus more on their business, and not worry about managing information technology. As technology changes fast, they do not have to worry about having obsoleted systems as cloud computing company will have to upgrade, update, and maintain the system for them.

As the demand for workers with cloud computing skills is in high demand, many students are using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to learn and improve their skills. Following are some courses that you can take:


  • Blogs of Prof. John Vu, Carnegie Mellon University