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The cloud a collection of condensed hydrogen and oxygen atoms in the sky. No not that cloud I am talking about Amazon Web Service’s the goliath provider that is busting out new services faster than one can learn how to use them. Andy Jassy and his team are relentless they make the rest of us IT folks look like sloths. At the time of this post I had one AWS certification under my belt, the only reason why I got it was because of how impressed I was with the technology. As you are aware most of my posts are about IT jobs, this post is going to be about cloud engineering and why you should consider it for reasons other than the six-figure salary.

I have watched cloud engineer interviews and reinvent videos, so I am not just pulling all this out of my ass. Very quickly if you decide to take this route start with the AWS Certified Developer Certification it is low hanging fruit. Then take the Certified Developer Architect this one just has a bit more content then what the developer had. Linux + and Python programming basics should be your other two focus points. Like I have stated before having server administration experience with these certs would greatly improve your chances of finding a job, especially if you are applying within the same company. A cloud Guru on Udemy is a great resource.

Most AWS is on a GUI making it easy to learn, one can literally click around and find what they need since everything is labeled. On top of being easy to use AWS is powerful beyond belief. If one has a large video project they can whip up beefy EC2 instance and knock it out for the fraction of the time. If you want your own word press site or stuck with a crappie host, you can toss your Word Press code on S3 and then use Cloud Front to have a serverless website. Yeah you heard me “SERVERLESS.” Enough said AWS is awesome for the average bear, startups, and large companies. I have heard cases where companies got so large that it turned out cheaper to have their own data center, but the chances of any of us having that problem are very slim.

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