A note about working with cloud services

From the course: Cloud Computing Careers and Certifications: First Steps

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  • Course details

    Do you want to start a career in cloud computing, but don't know where to begin? If so, this course can help by providing an ideal foundational mapping of the career paths and certifications that IT professionals should consider if they're interested in transitioning to cloud computing. Instructor and cloud architect Lynn Langit covers a variety of career paths, including IT pro, developer, analyst, and architect roles. Throughout the course, she focuses on the major cloud platforms—AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, and Alibaba—discusses certifications available for each, and explores the future of cloud computing careers.


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      Lynn Langit

      CEO Lynn Langit Consulting LLC

      Lynn Langit is a cloud architect who works with Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform.

      Lynn specializes in big data projects. She has worked with AWS Athena, Aurora, Redshift, Kinesis, and the IoT. She has also done production work with Databricks for Apache Spark and Google Cloud Dataproc, Bigtable, BigQuery, and Cloud Spanner.

      Lynn is also the cofounder of Teaching Kids Programming. She has spoken on data and cloud technologies in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

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  • Moving towards the cloud

    - [Instructor] As you begin to work on learning the skills that you'll need for having a successful career working with the public cloud, I have a number of tips that you should keep in mind. The first tip is, as you're studying, while it is important to read the vendor documentation, look at diagrams and examples, there really is no substitute for actually working with the real cloud services. If you are completely new to working with the Cloud, what I've seen often works successfully, is if you can combine your learning with social good. And what I mean by this is, take on a volunteer project or become part of a team that helps to impact a non-profit. In this way, you're out there learning about the new and viable skills and you're helping to impact the world in a positive way. So, however you do it, you want to work with actual cloud services. Cloud Services, of course, have costs associated with them. Now, fortunately, most of the vendors have a pretty generous free tier, so you're going to want to start with that, because of course you don't want to incur unnecessary costs while you're studying. So you want to understand the free tier services, which services are included, how much service usage you can get, for example, how many minutes or hours of virtual machines or how much data you can store in a cloud-based database. Now, sometimes you're going to need to go beyond the free tier. And again, learning about costs is part of learning about using the Cloud. So, you really want to take the time to understand the costs that you could incur, even while studying. And, importantly, when you're done studying, you want to turn the services off and, usually also delete the service instances when you are done.

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