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Everyone has heard of The Cloud, but often if you ask someone outside technology what the Cloud “is” – you get a lot of blank faces and mutterings about stuff being stored somewhere in the sky over there.

With the rise in remote working, Cloud solutions have been vital and here at som3 we have seen a rise in Cloud migrations, implementations and projects so we thought it would be interesting to get an overview on cloud solutions and see who were the movers and shakers in the Cloud world

What is the Cloud anyway?

Wikipedia defines the Cloud as follows “Cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, without direct active management by the user. The term is generally used to describe data centers available to many users over the Internet.”

It has nothing to do with those fluffy white things in the sky – it is simply the delivery of computing services over the internet. It can be faster, more flexible, more reliable, more secure and cheaper for companies and also mean users can access their services anywhere there is an internet connection.

OK, makes sense so far, so are there different types of cloud?

Yes – According to Microsoft, there are 3 different ways to deploy cloud services

Public Cloud – these are owned and operated by 3rd party service providers. You access and manage your account on a web browser

Private Cloud – these are owned and operated by a single business or organisation. It could be physically located at a company’s on site data centre or you can pay the 3rd party providers mentioned above to host their cloud.

Hybrid Cloud – funnily enough, this is a combination of the above!

Where can I get my own Cloud?

Well you could be currently reading this from a cloud and not even know it. We often get asked for Cloud skills for our clients, and here are the big and smaller players in the market according to the most recent Gartner report

Leaders – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft (Azure), Google (Google Cloud Platform)

Niche Players – Alibaba Cloud, Oracle, IBM, Tencent Cloud

Here at som3, we have seen requests for Azure skills overtake AWS this year, with a few new requests for Google Cloud platforms. These skills will remain in high demand for 2021, and we expect to see a steady rise in jobs requiring Cloud experience. If you will be looking for Cloud Talent, or your next Cloud position please get in touch!!!