AWS skills? You’re in demand

Computing clouds are being filled with unimaginable amounts of data. The task of managing this data is critical to tech giants and startups alike. How critical? So critical that the job market is incredibly competitive (and lucrative). It is a good time to be a cloud savvy engineer.

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13 thoughts on “AWS skills? You’re in demand”

  1. Would like to know what is the %age of cost savings that could be achieved by moving Windows, Linux, SQL Servers to the cloud. Would like to know, what would be the savings upon moving to AWS cloud, Azure Cloud.

    1. Hi,
      I think the question you are asking is more generic along the lines of “Why should I migrate my services to Cloud”? To be brief, you have cost savings while deploying, operating/maintaining and most importantly expanding/scaling applications as per your traffic or requirements.

      Setting up an application environment is as easy as selecting the environment (Linux/Windows) and you can even choose what sort of default applications you want running on top of it. I mean, honestly, how long does a system administrator have to typically take to commission a server from scratch? You most probably need a team of administrators to set up a barrage of equipment just to kick start your operations. In a cloud setup, its just a matter of a few mouse clicks. You get cost benefits then and there on saving time, resources and energy for setting up your environment. Setting up security constraints, load balancers and even geographic redundacy (Elastic LBs, Elastic BeanStalks) is all very easy. All it takes is probably one half hour or so to achieve. There are templates for VPCs too. You can even set-up Bastion and NAT servers for additional security and for specific internet access (NAT allows internet traffic through specifically for product updates).

      Operation and Maintenance is a no-brainer. You dont need to spend time, energy and resources negotiating, contacting or arranging for hardware failure(which incidentally leads to hardware replacement and re-configuration of the system).

      Scaling is where the beauty of it all lies. You can have on-demand instances as well as spot instances. Lets imagine you are running an online market place and you anticipate demand for a short period of time, owing to regional or local holiday(s) or festival(s). In this case, you can temporarily request for additional instances (which are basically a copy of your main instance) to fulfil the anticipated burst in traffic. This surely beats having to account for the growth in a years’ advance and then allowing your captial tied-up in idling (hiberating) resources for a good part of the year. AWS Cloud can also allow you, through spot bidding and by creating spot instances, account for temporary high load intensive tasks, like DB maintenance tasks, that usually take up a lot of CPUs and memory to complete. You could introduce more spot instances to ease the load off the servers(and allowing traffic to be serviced) while you perform your maintenance activities.

      Yeah, this is a good intro on what you could save. I mean, if you have an environment setup already and plan on moving it to Cloud; imagine, the floor space and the resources needed to power all that equipment that can be released, thereby introducing even more year-on-year cost savings for your organisation. If you choose to implement Amazon’s DynamoDB, I believe you stand to great even more benefits, even though there might be a learning curve for your organisation.

      Disclaimer : AWS-Enthusiast-Z2054912 is not an employee of Amazon or AWS. All information shared by him is purely for informational purposes.

    1. Hi Ana, thank you for your question. We do not have plans to extend the free lab event (thanks to Amazon for their support of the event!). We’re thrilled to see how much progress students made on labs and badges over the past couple of weeks. Hope everyone continues to take advantage of the last few days 🙂

  2. Hi Emily,
    I am SAP BI (Business intelligence)functional consultant having 3 years experience, I want to learn AWS. I am little bit confused which module suites for me. I have seen 3 basic modules in AWS – Architech,sysops and devp ops.
    Can you suggest which module suites for me , is there any prior experience required to enter into AWS platform.


    1. Hi Komma, great question! First off, no prior experience needed to start taking labs. In fact, we have a ton of intro-level labs to help you get up to speed on many of the services available. Bonus, all the intro labs are free. Here’s a list of all the intro labs:

      With your BI background, you might like this lab about using Tableau and Redshift for data visualization: (before you take this lab, you may want to take a few of the intros)
      Or, you might enjoy the Big Data quest (a quest is a series of related labs-if you complete all of them you get a badge)

      Thank you for stopping by. Hope this is helpful!

  3. Hi Emily,

    I’m working as oracle core dba, my manager has suggested to go for AWS training and get certified.
    Please suggest, which course will be suitable for me without deviating from my profession.
    Thanks much in advance.


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