Cloud has been the biggest story of the past year in the tech world. And that continues. Cloud was growing even before the pandemic, but the scalability, flexibility and agility that cloud provides has become invaluable to almost every company as people work, shop and bank from home.
“Cloud is a one stop shop, like a mall. You can get your infrastructure, platforms, security, app workloads, all on the cloud,” Manish Kumar, senior director of engineering at NetApp, said at the Times Techies Webinar last week. Cloud, he said, has also evolved over time to make things very simple and adaptable for users. “What used to take NetApp customers six months, now takes six minutes. And what took $100 million, now costs $100. It has liberated application owners,” he said.
Debabrata Das, director designate & professor at IIIT Bangalore, compared cloud to our brain. “Both have storage, computation. And inside the brain (like in cloud), no one can say here is my math, here is my English grammar,” he said.
Cloud, he said, is also complex like the brain. So cloud creators have huge challenges. “Academia like us have to train these engineers in areas like load balancing – balancing inside the servers and databases so that performance is best, virtualisation, how to handover to a different network without disconnection if one network goes down,” he said.
Protima Achaya, head of India HR & Apac talent acquisition at NetApp, said cloud will be the go-to job because of the huge skills shortage. “It brings opportunities for existing engineers in traditional roles – system engineers, database administrators, network engineers – to upskill to big data, DevOps, cloud native apps. They will become prized resources because they have knowledge of the existing onsite systems, and of cloud,” she said.
Achaya also emphasised the need for cloud engineers to develop a mindset of looking across the breadth of a solution – starting with data and going all the way to draw insights from that data.