The cloud is all around us. Not the title of a Wet Wet Wet song; the state of the digital world.
From emails to social media, from music storage to backing up your documents, the vast majority of what we do is now powered by remote access to data. So much so that it’s estimated that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every day. Stored in physical data centres but accessible via our smartphones, laptops and other devices, this data is at the very core of our day-to-day lives.
And it’s not just our personal lives that are governed by connected systems. Businesses, from one-man bands to multinational corporations, are dependent on cloud computing for all manner of processes; storage, analytics, disaster recovery, the list goes on. Almost all workloads and computer processes now run in some form of cloud environment.
With benefits that include faster innovation, flexibility – especially in the wake of COVID-19 –enhanced productivity, improved security and not having to invest in IT infrastructure, the cloud isn’t going anywhere. Quite the opposite, in fact, with the global cloud computing market being valued at around £350 billion in 2021. And that figure will grow, and fast – by more than 20% in a single year, and threefold by the end of the decade.
At the heart of this growth are companies like Amazon Web Services (AWS) – founded in 2006 by Jeff Bezos – which offer services that allow businesses to scale at low cost, without investing in complex IT infrastructure. From retail companies managing seasonal demand to organisations growing gradually or expanding to international markets, the cloud enables businesses to react to storage and performance issues in a cost-effective manner.
And who is at the heart of these pioneers of the cloud movement? Engineers, of course. After all, Bezos himself holds a degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University. And Thomas Kurian, the CEO of Google Cloud, also graduated in electrical engineering, also from Princeton.
Responsible for the cloud's expansion since the turn of the century, then, Developers have built – and continue to maintain – the features and functions that power today’s cloud technologies and the programmes needed to run and be run on the cloud. App development, too, is increasingly moving to the cloud. Platforms like AWS, Google and Microsoft Azure (whose CEO also has, you guessed it, degrees in electrical engineering and computer science) allow easy building, hosting and management of applications on the cloud.
Ultimately, the boom in cloud computing creates a win-win situation for both individuals and businesses. The benefits to businesses are innumerable, while the demand for people to fill cloud computing positions is growing fast, with appropriate remuneration to match the skill level required.
Those with coding expertise stand the most to gain, particularly in Go, PHP, Java, Python, and the .NET framework. Google App Engine, Google’s cloud computing platform as a service, primarily supports apps running in these languages.
develop’s technology team is supporting a broad range of businesses that are using the cloud and jobs in the sector will become increasingly broad and varied. Even now, develop is working with retailers, online gamers, employee engagement specialists, data and AI consultants, software delivery providers, SaaS platforms, and a huge variety of innovative businesses across many more industries.
As Software Engineers build software that operates in the cloud, whilst being responsible for its maintenance, repair and upgrade in line with technological advancements, they have the opportunity to be at the forefront of disruptive technologies.