Let’s begin by finding out exactly what is Cloud Computing? There was a time when people saved their work on their hard drive or on a storage device such as a USB stick or CD. Since the dawn of the ‘Cloud’ users no longer run the risk of losing data stored on such devices and tend to store their work on the ethereal cloud. This means that files and applications are stored remotely over the internet in a data-centre located elsewhere.
What’s the advantage? Work can be accessed remotely from any computer or internet device. It frees up space on your computer and data is not subject to the risk of damage or theft that accompanies storage of files to computers or storage devices.
Cloud computing doesn’t come without its risks; there are concerns with regard to the security of data saved on the cloud. Cyber security is growing to keep pace with internet fraud and cyber-crime. Businesses are in search of professionals who can lower the risks attached to cloud computing.
The cloud is growing and progressing at a steady pace, meaning those working in the industry must continue to upskill. Cloud specialists are in demand as businesses are increasingly turning to the cloud for file storage.
Cloud computing is rapidly growing in Ireland, emerging from Ireland’s formidable ICT sector which is supported by a young, English speaking, highly educated and skilled workforce. Third level education in Ireland has responded to cloud industry by providing Masters degrees in cloud computing in several universities.
These degrees were written in collaboration with industry experts including EMC, HP and IBM. Some of the leading companies in cloud computing in Ireland are Zendesk, Dropbox, Oracle Cloud, Citrix, and Salesforce.