Megazone, one of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) biggest partners in the APAC region, recently announced its launch of the ‘Cloud Education Center’ in Seoul, South Korea. Megazone is a premier AWS consultant, and its mission with the CEC is to offer students the opportunity to become cloud computing experts. The technical staff at Megazone will join the program by providing lecture, real-world advice, and training to students.
Beginning April 18th, students will be able to learn about Architecting on AWS, Security Operation on AWS, Advanced Architecting on AWS and DevOps Engineering on AWS. The program also offers ‘Tuition Reimbursement Program for Employees’ for students experiencing financial hardships.
“We will do our best to provide professionally organized training systems to help jobseekers and people to learn about AWS cloud solutions in greater depth,” the Cloud Education Center said in a statement.
Megazone was founded in Seoul in 1998 as an IT company that specializes in cloud computing. Today, the agency has over 500 employees and was the first in Korea to sign a partnership with Amazon. The firm offers a “Cloud One Stop” service that fulfills a full cloud lifecycle, from cloud adoption and implementation to managed services and optimization. They work with some of the biggest South Korea-based brands, like LG and SM entertainment.
Megazone’s efforts to start a school for “the cloud” is a prime indicator of where the future of cloud technology is headed. Today’s cloud hosting providers–from the international brands like Megazone to reputable stateside businesses like Hostgator–are looking for unique ways to service their customers while keeping up with ever-evolving cloud trends.
By the end of 2015, 88% of businesses had transferred their companies to the cloud, allowing them to work much more safely and with enhanced versatility. Businesses are now able to access their work from anywhere in the world, and cut risks associated with data loss and cloudless software programs.
In layman’s terms, Microsoft is a simple example of what cloud computing is about: a decade ago, you needed a disc to install the Microsoft suite of products. If the disc got lost or scratched, for the most part, you were on your own. To access Microsoft on a computer while you were away, you’d need the disc to re-download remotely. Today, Microsoft programs can easily be managed in the cloud, eliminating the need for a disc at all.
Huge gaming companies like Electronic Arts are doing the same; if you pay for a game online, it’s available in your gaming center for download, regardless of where you are in the world. Salesforce, a customer management solution, operates on the same premise. Imagine your business collects years of customer data on an on-premise software application like Salesforce, and then your computer crashes. Years worth of work would be obliterated within seconds.
In today’s tech landscape, companies are looking to the future of cloud computing, and there are many predictions about where the technology is headed. For example, some predict that in the future, low-power processors will lower the cost of cloud services and make it even more accessible to the masses. Others see security as a primary focus for the cloud, as security requirements change in response to increased number of hacking attempts. After all, studies have shown that 27% of all malware attacks alone occured in 2015, making security a major concern for businesses. Physical data centers will be highly restricted, and we’ll have expanded beyond the 256-bit encryption that’s industry standard today.
Increased flexibility and integration will become a top priority for cloud hosting vendors, as they grow to understand that one solution doesn’t always work for enterprises, who might feel the need to have multiple cloud providers to avoid vendor lock-in. Cloud companies will address this concern with more adaptable solutions built to serve various purposes. The future of cloud computing will also continue to make it easier for products to interact with each other on a user level. For example, to open a PDF, you aren’t forced to install Adobe Acrobat. A program like Microsoft Edge is able to read that document type indepently.
Lastly, cloud-based tech will also make computers much more invisible. Multiple objects and sensors in your home are equipped with powerful computer chips that monitor and react based on your commands and their surroundings. Everything from light to household temperature monitoring to HVAC systems will utilize cloud software to make a home run much easier, and much more cost-effective.