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9 Cloud Skills IT Pros Need Now

The rise of cloud computing has been a game-changer for not only businesses, but also IT pros looking to stay relevant. Here are 9 must-have skills in different aspects of cloud technologies needed to compete.
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Cloud computing is a huge part of IT, and its growth shows no sign of slowing down. As an IT professional, it makes sense to start looking into obtaining skills in different aspects of cloud technologies to further your career. Here, we've identified 9 of those skills.

Keep in mind, we're not suggesting that all IT pros are going to be working for a service provider one day. In reality, most will end up on the customer end of the cloud relationship. While some of the skills we mention would only be useful for IT pros working inside a cloud provider shop, they are also useful in giving customers insight into how the cloud operates.

[See 7 Ways Cloud Computing Propels IT Security.]

The areas of cloud computing we've identified are technologies that have the potential for high growth in the coming future. Certain spaces, such as big data and SDN, were originally projected to grow at a higher rate than they actually are.

Sometimes analysts underestimate the time needed to rework and redesign applications and infrastructures to include technologies that completely change how a network functions. But at the same time, that in no way means that these skills won't be in high demand in the future.

Other areas of IT, such as hyperconvergence, seemed to come out of nowhere and have taken the cloud and data center market by storm. Understanding the benefits of hyperconvergence and other unified technologies is a quick way to bolster your resume in the cloud computing field.

Much as virtualization is a staple technology to understand in today's cloud world, things like hyper-convergence, containers, and configuration management tools will be the standard skills to know in the not-so-distant future.

Here is a look at the "must-have" skills in the currently hot cloud market. What skills do you think will be in high demand in the near future and why?

Andrew has well over a decade of enterprise networking under his belt through his consulting practice, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and datacenter build-outs and prior experience at organizations such as State Farm Insurance, United Airlines and the ... View Full Bio

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