Virtualization and the cloud, the two trends with better professional opportunities

Silvia Castro Betancourt

February 20, 2018

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The wide range and more-than-attractive salaries are the main factors that make more and more people look for training in virtualization and cloud technologies.

There is no doubt that currently any IT department from anywhere in the world (and not only those related to information technology) are involved with a team in the development of these two concepts that, until recently, were unknown by the majority: the Cloud and virtualization.

In this way, it is not surprising that more and more people are looking for offers related to them. If it’s salaries, an architect of cloud solutions based on Amazon Web Services, can exceed $110,000 per year.

The benefits for companies are cost savings, flexibility, scalability and security

These concepts are intrinsically related to cost savings, flexibility, scalability and security, and both have taken a radical turn in how companies use technology and how we do it, requiring the systems and communications departments: investments, new systems, new hardware and above all a renewed knowledge based on more training and more technicians/engineers specialized in this area.

Two services that complement each other

The relationship between virtualization and cloud is very simple: Virtualization (in the form of virtual machines -VMs- and containers) enables infrastructure as a service (IaaS, Infrastructure as a Service) and is used to establish some private cloud computing services , public cloud and in hybrid cloud computing services. That is, all offers of services based on cloud computing such as Amazon, Microsoft, IBM BlueMix, Google, etc, will depend on VMs or container technology. In other words, without virtualization there is no cloud.

Regarding cloud, currently the growth of the use of cloud-based solutions is so exponential that, according to Harvard Business Review report, in just 4 years, 53% of companies will use an application development model based on cloud services such as Google, Amazon Web Services, or Microsoft Azure, and this growth is expected to reach 86% by 2020.

However, “The use of these services requires an important level of technical knowledge, since the people in charge of its use and development will require an extensive and specialized understanding of different technical areas that until now were separated as systems, communications, networks and/or programming,” points out Eduardo Moreno, General Manager in Global Knowledge and professor of the Advanced Technology Program in Virtualization and Cloud ICEMD, the Institute of Digital Economics of ESIC.

Regarding virtualization, growth has been, if possible, even greater. The advance of this technology that turns the physical into software has been unstoppable in the last 8-10 years, penetrating and establishing itself in the data centers of practically all the companies of the world, substituting the solutions that up to date existed as servers, firewalls or even network hardware such as routers, switches, etc.

Virtually everything can be virtualized

Our servers, our desk, our physical equipment, our communications and even our networks. This growth has also led to a growing demand for specialized technicians who, like the cloud, need to be certified in areas that have been very different up to now, such as systems, security, and/or networks.

The most important manufacturers and developers in virtualization are VMware, which leads the market, Microsoft with Hyper-V and Red Hat, Oracle and Citrix as niche providers.

The cloud and virtualization are undoubtedly a great opportunity for this 2018. To develop professionally in this sector is essential training, so from ICEMD have developed the Advanced Technology Program in Virtualization and Cloud. A technical degree and 100% practical that allows you to become a cloud expert and be one of the most demanded professionals in IT.

The above article was originally published in Spanish and has been translated into English with the help of Google Translate. Read the original article here.

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As former CEO/MD of the REA Group for 8 years, Simon led the group to its current market-leading position. When he joined REA Group in 2001, it had $4m in revenues, $6m in losses and an $8m market cap.
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