“Is it required to shift from IT support to AWS cloud based technology?” - In my words, yes it is because of the ocean of opportunities in cloud based technology platform.
The basic responsibilities of a networking person would be planning, designing, implementation and support for LAN, WAN and firewalls in production environments. But, in-depth includes trouble shooting and providing technical support for products in different environments.
The above defines the profile of the networking person with heavy access to servers and physical support with each and every cable around the networking environment, whereas it differs from cloud based support. Everyone is passionate about building their career in cloud based technologies as it is comfortable and can be accessed through anywhere around.
Day to day the network technology advancements are increasing and one can choose their career opportunity based on different interest of choice. The required key skills can be gained through different sources by building the right way
The regular job responsibilities of a network engineer is becoming a fluid over time. Once its was relatively a static role for managing packets from A to B positions between the networks, servers and storage networks & infrastructures. So, a network engineer should posses a broad knowledge in order to align to reach the business goals through networking.
Network engineers sit at the heart of the infrastructure, and need to understand in depth analysis of the applications & data flow across the network.
The flow of application as it connects with clients, cloud services & database are required for network optimization. So continuous monitoring with application administrators should be a priority.
Earlier network engineers focused on their security efforts at the network edge. They have a bright understanding of firewalls. Whereas in functioning such as endpoint security, email, & web are considered to be high. Based on UTM nowadays network engineer plays a greater role in the support & architecture for an end-to-end security solution.
WAN is recommended in the earlier days because of the potential OPEX cost savings. Few organizations has the limitations of SD-WAN and were surprised to see that the SD-WAN’s have not provided the necessary input for critical apps. Network engineers should estimate the product fit to the organization with WAN services such as MPLS.
Network engineers should have sound knowledge on DNS functions externally/internally for an organization and should think from out of the box. As we know that DNS is an integrated part of many unified network security architectures and a key component of private/public clouds, This explains that the network engineers have to have strong knowledge of how DNS works so that it would be easy to troubleshoot network issues.
IoT is a big headache to network engineers as they need to size and scale their wired networks in order to hold thousands of IoT sensors. And be ready to provide and set policy for IoT connection and data security.
Related Page: Tutorial On AWS IoT
Redundant tasks like scripting & automation that are related to other parts of IT department are insulated to network engineers. Basically network work engineers follow “set it and forget it” but this will not continue further for redundancy protocols. For new resources, traffic & push policy networks are enhancing far more organic. The trending new skill is to learn how to hook by scripting with various API’s to automate network processes.
There are different cloud based platforms for network engineers i.e Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Adobe, VMware, Rackspace, Red Hat, Salesforce, Oracle Cloud, SAP, Verizon Cloud, Dropbox, Openstack etc. We should be familiar with at least one of these. If we are familiar with any one of these, that knowledge will transfer reasonably to design software for others. Of course, which involves bit of learning.
Cloud service models mostly focus on providing service to the end users.
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AWS provides a wide range of cloud services with different which you can use for your business needs. AWS are categorised based on the services they provide.
Access and Manage AWS through this Console Monitor.
You can be able to control multiple services with the CLI(command line interface) & automate to scripts.
SDK simplifies the use of AWS services with in your Applications Program Interface (API) which are tailored to your platform.
3. Amazon RDS
5. Network & Content Delivery
6. Developer Tools
7. Management Tools
8. Security Identity & Compliance
Having a knowledge & certification in the above, cloud technology increases career opportunities not only into cloud platform but also for different Cloud, Hybrid & On-Premises options.
As we have different cloud service platforms, To my opinion one need to choose a platform that has a wide range of opportunities for vast service providing capability. So, that one can learn more.
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