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Friday, March 17, 2017

The Landscape of Infrastructure Threats and Why Nagios XI is Our Choice for Comprehensive Health Monitoring, Risk Mitigation, and Traffic Analysis

TL; DR: Your infrastructure is under constant risk from external and internal threats coming from every direction. Being proactive to mitigate these dangers is increasingly important, and the cornerstone of an active defense is intelligence. Nagios XI, HostingAdvice’s Developers’ Choice for Comprehensive IT Management, provides robust, instantly actionable intelligence that helps your organization fully understand its current condition through server and network monitoring and real-time data audits. Identifying and defending against all manner of threats and helping you repel and prevent damage and insurgency makes Nagios a powerful ally in the internet war zone. Share14
The Internet is a war zone. When your network goes online, it’s stepping into the center of a battlefield with threats looming in every corner. Browser attacks are like bullets, flying at your users and servers from all sides, in a dozen different calibers. Compromised-key attacks, man-in-the-middle data interceptions, and Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) pose as constant dangers to your online livelihood.
Every automated defense is eventually countered by the invisible enemy. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) was the armor donned to protect against the most common automated threats, but in 2016, SSL attacks rose 11%, according to the McAfee Labs Threat Report.
Maintaining safety means your IT department must be simultaneously war council, counter-insurgency unit, and field hospital to limit damage and perform emergency surgeries on your system. This is accomplished by feeding the defense planning and counter-insurgency functions with actionable intelligence. That’s what the Nagios IT infrastructure monitoring platform brings to your arsenal. It’s also why HostingAdvice has recognized Nagios XI our Developers’ Choice Award for Comprehensive IT Management.
An IT department acting too often like a MASH unit can’t support its defense and counter-insurgency efforts, and thus becomes a sinking ship, plugging holes that only multiply in quantity and frequency. Nagios XI is an effective tool in maintaining your defenses.

Nagios XI in a Nutshell: Comprehensive IT Infrastructure Management

Nagios XI is complete infrastructure monitoring, keeping tabs on the state of servers, networks, and applications. Like your own CIA counterintelligence analyst, it looks for unusual traffic patterns and levels in your applications, services, operating systems, network protocols, system metrics, and infrastructure. The software helps you identify attacks early, when you have only a few soldiers beating on your walls — before your systems are surrounded by the hordes.
Through sensitive, customizable network monitors, Nagios XI even lets you see pre-attack indicators, making note of the subtle signs of enemy reconnaissance agents lurking in the dark just beyond the view of your normal camp sentries.
Screenshot of the Nagios XI interface
Nagios XI includes a new user interface that provides a customizable overview of your operations.
It doesn’t only look outward. Nagios XI is also an X-ray view into your own organization’s operations. By enlisting the aid of specialized operatives from a pool of hundreds of third-party add-ons, such as NCPA, JSend NSCA, and Birdseye, you can identify, monitor, and excise threats that have already made it past your defenses.
You can also identify internal problems in their early stages. Data leaks and human-initiated network compromises are made visible and rooted out before they pose a genuine security risk.

Nagios Log Server™ Makes Finding and Auditing Data Simple

Monitoring the operations of your infrastructure is accomplished through adroit auditing in an agile data log system. Nagios Log Server is that dexterous system.
You can query your log data in hundreds of different ways, identifying the vector of any current or former threat. Once the entry point is found, the Nagios Log Server data will let you trace the trajectory of the threat to its end target. You can then insulate the rest of the systems from that compromised user, system, protocol, or application while you cure it.
Screenshot of the Nagios Log Server dashboard
The dashboard for the Nagios Log Server keeps tabs on every incoming event and is easily shareable with co-workers.
By using the advanced customizable alerts built into Nagios Log Server, you can do better than cure an attack — you can repel it in real time. The tool identifies precursors to outside incursion and internal compromise and alerts you to them instantly.
That gives you the chance to act on the intelligence in time to prevent any actual damage. Instead of quarantining and curing a compromised user, system, protocol, or application, you can prevent that target from ever being reached. And, in many cases, you can inoculate the rest of the infrastructure before the initial breach becomes an actual infection or system damage.

Nagios Network Analyzer™ Shows Network Activity and Health in Depth

Responding to and guarding against threats is only part of the task of infrastructure management. It’s also crucial to monitor the general health of the network to facilitate normal operations.
Nagios Network Analyzer is like optical-enhancement, adjustable-zoom field binoculars providing network administrators a crystal-clear look into their network traffic and traffic sources. It uses both sFlow and JFlow sampling and measurement for pixel-accurate insight at 500x magnification.
Screenshot of the Nagios Network Analyzer dashboard
Nagios Network Analyzer ensures the security and reliability of your system through traffic and bandwidth monitoring.
Twist the focus wheel one way to peer into network traffic to identify its ebbs and flows and reallocate resources during unexpected peak activity.
Spin the focus wheel a little more to see past the levels of traffic into its sources to identify which applications, network protocols, and servers are sending and receiving too much, too little, or just enough data. Crank it even further to zoom into views of the data used by individual access points, users, and queries.

Defend and Understand Your IT Infrastructure with Nagios as an Ally

Your infrastructure is constantly at risk from numerous external and internal threats, with more appearing daily. Nagios XI is complete infrastructure monitoring, keeping tabs on the state of servers, networks, and applications. Nagios Log Server lets you find and audit data with ease while allowing enough time to be actionable, particularly with its robust alert system. With the Network Analyzer, you can easily monitor and maintain the health of your network through accurate sampling and measurement.
Mao Zedong famously said, “the only real defense is active defense.” Defending your organization’s infrastructure means a vigilant IT department actively monitoring and constantly evolving that defense. When talking about the freedom and integrity of data systems and IT infrastructure, the best defense is intelligence.
Nagios XI provides deep intelligence that helps your organization understand its current condition, including health and defense, as well as plan for future operations and counter-insurgency, which is why they’re our Developers’ Choice for Comprehensive IT Management. According to Alex Syse, Nagios’s Marketing Strategist, the company shows no signs of slowing.
“Our team at Nagios Enterprises has been working vigorously to take our solutions to new heights,” he said. “We have some great new features in our development pipeline and cannot wait to share them. Uptime is more critical now than ever, and we are proud to help thousands of companies worldwide save time and money in their fight against IT threats.”

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Sean adalah seorang CEO sebuah perusahaan start-up di bidang Food and Beverage di Las Vegas. Dia berasal dari New York.
Di tengah tengah perjalanan saya ke Los Angeles, saya sempat lunch dan berdiskusi selama 2 jam dengan Sean di sebuah restorant di Santa Monica beach.
Seorang teman memperkenalkan Sean ke saya karena Sean ingin lebih mengerti tentang business opportunity di Asia.
Dari diskusi menarik tentang budaya akhirnya pembicaraan kami mengarah ke generasi millenial.
Dan Sean kebetulan sudah banyak pengalaman untuk merekruit dan meretain generasi millenial. 
Hampir semuanya bermimpi menjadi enterpreneur atau mendidikan perusahaan sendiri. 
Jadi susah cari orang yang bagus, kalaupun dapet, sebentar kemudian mereka kabur ke perusahaan lain.

Kita tahu bahwa millenial generation ini:

1) Sangat tidak sabar (instant generation), mereka tidak mau menunggu 3 tahun untuk promosi mereka, kenaikan gaji mereka dan recognition dari leadernya
2) Communication style nya beda, lebih digital lebih connected dan tidak suka berbasa basi
3) Pemahaman tentang teamwork juga beda dan cenderung individualis
4) Pilih pilih banget tentang pekerjaan mereka (lebih suka pekerjaan yang creative daripada rutine)
5) Turn over rate nya tinggi
(begitu nggak suka ya kabur aja, kadang sebelum mendapatkan pekerjaan berikutnya)
Sean kemudian bercerita tentang tips tips untuk menangani generasi millenia ini.

Berdasarkan pengalaman Sean sebagai CEO di beberapa start up company, inilah 5 factors yang sangat penting bagi mereka:

1. Vision
2. Opportunity
3. Incentive
4. Community
5. Enterpreneur
Atau bisa disingkat "VOICE"
Kita bahas satu persatu yuk ...

1. Vision

They want to join and stay in a company with a cool and fun vision so they can be proud of and they can tell their friends about it. Millenial menyukai perusahaan yang mempunyai misi yang jelas dan selaras dengan apa yang mereka inginkan dalam hidup ini.
Ada millenial yang memang sangat menyukai computer dan ingin join perusahaan yang menawarkan solusi IT yang paling canggih customernya.
Ada millenial yang menyukai misi-misi lingkungan dan mereka ingin join ke perusahaan yang selain mengejar keuntungan juga sangat perduli kepada lingkungan dan mempunyi banyak program CSR.
Ada millenial yang menyukai tempat kerja yang "cool dan fun", dan mereka ingin join perusahaan dengan visi (dan tempat kerja ) yang cool dan fun.
Nah, tanyakan apakah visi perusahaan anda? Apakah cukup cool dan fun bagi para millenial? Apakah akan membuat mereka bangga menceritakan tentang perusahaan anda kepada teman temannya.

2. Opportunity

Millenial ingin mengembangkan dirinya.
They want to have opportunity to develop themselves.
Jaman dulu mungkin temanya adalah bagaimana karyawan mengabdi pada perusahaan.
Forget about that!
Millenial tidak mengenal kata "mengabdi".
But they will contribute while they develop themselves.
Jadi apapun yang mereka lakukan harus mempunyai dua manfaat:
- berkontribusi pada perusahaan
- berkontribusi pada pengembangan kariernya
Jangan salah, mereka tetap ingin berkontribusi (bukan mengabdi!) pada perusahaan. Tetapi mereka hanya akan melakukannya hanya kalau itu juga berkontribusi bagi pengembangan karier mereka.
Jadi , yakinkan bahwa pekerjaan yang anda berikan memang akan membuat dia berkembang.
Jangan pernah bermimpi bahwa mereka akan melakukan hal yang sama selama 4-5 tahun berulang ulang (seperti jaman ayah mereka atau kakek mereka).It is too long!
Jadi apa yang harus anda lakukan:
- carilah orang orang yang tepat
- latihlah mereka dengan baik agar mereka bisa mengerjakan tugasnya secara optimal
- diskusikan dengan mereka karier aspirasi mereka
- gambarkan bagaimana mereka bisa mencapai aspirasi tersebut
- rotasikan mereka setelah jangka waktu tertentu agar mereka dapat mencapai karier yang mereka inginkan

3. Incentive

Pada akhirnya uang berbicara. Saya tidak bilang bahwa uang itu paling penting, tetapi saya bilang bahwa faktor uang juga akan sangat menentukan apakah millenial mau join anda atau tidak (dan kalau sudah join, apakah mereka mau stay atau tidak).
Mereka tidak akan pernah bisa menerima, seandainya mereka melihat orang orang yang bekerjanya kurang dari mereka ternyata mendapatkan incentive atau financial reward di atas mereka.
Be careful.
Anda harus benar benar hati hati dan serious menerapkan performance management system dan reward management yang tepat.
Apa artinya ?
- Berikan objective yang challenging kepada mereka
- Buat mereka agar belajar banyak selain mengerjakan pekerjaannya
- Motivasi dan coach mereka agar mereka punya percaya diri yang tinggi untuk mencapai objective itu
- Bedakan yang perform dengan baik, dari yang lain (berikan mereka perhatian, training, coaching, kenaikan gaji dan bonus uang jauh lebih tinggi dari yang lain)

4. Community

Millenial masih muda. They want to work and they want to have fun.
Mereka gak mau datang ke kantor dan ketemu orang orang kolot yang cemberut, Ja-Im (jaga image), dan berpolitik di kantor!
Mereka pengin kerja dengan baik, mereka sangat cerdas, mereka tahu banyak dan mereka digitally fluent!
Give them the right place to work.
Mereka akan sangat menghargai community (teamwork) di sekitar mereka agar mereka bisa mengembangkan ide ide innovative mereka yang akan membawa business impact kepada bisnis anda!
Jadi agar mereka perform well dan tidak kabur (ke competitor anda), anda harus memberikan community (suasana) yang menyenangkan bagi mereka , yaitu, suasana yang :
- cool
- fun
- teman teman yang kompak
- objective yang menantang
- leader yang perhatian dan selalu membantu mereka!

5. Enterpreneur

Kita tidak bisa memungkiri bahwa di antara kalangan millenial banyak yang bermimpi menjadi enterpreneur.
Mereka terbuai oleh beberapa kawan mereka yang membuka usaha sendiri dan sukses besar.
Meskipun persentasi dari yang sukses itu kecil, tetapi tetap saja mereka ini menjadi idola dan panutan bagi mereka.
Dan hampir semuanya pun berangan angan,"Kapan ya saya punya usaha sendiri?"
Terus bagaimana anda membuat mereka untuk join dan stay di tempat anda?
- First, have a realistic expectation bahwa anda tidak akan lagi bisa menahan mereka menjadi karyawan seumur hidup. The world has changed. Wake up!
Hire them, provide them with a challenging job, and hope they give contribution long enough (or good enough) for your company, and understand that one day they will be gone (hopefully that day happen after they make strong and long contributions)
- Kedua, discuss dengan mereka, sampaikan bahwa untuk menjadi enterpreneur mereka juga memerlukan skills set yang lengkap. It is stupid to start the business without a proper skills set.
Berarti mereka harus mengerti tentang finance, product management, strategy, sales, marketing dan people management
- convince mereka untuk stay di tempat anda cukup lama agar mereka bisa belajar dan menguasai ilmu ilmu itu
- Kalau mereka stay, putar dan rotasi mereka dari satu department ke department ke department lain agar mereka benar benar belajar
- semoga semakin sering anda rotasi, semakin lama mereka stay, semakin banyak mereka belajar dan semakin betah mereka stay di perusahaan anda

Mau gampang diingat , just remember the word "Voice", Vision, Opportunity, Incentive, Community and Enterpreneur

So , if you want to engage and retain your Millenial, just listen to their VOICE.
Thank you very much Sean, it was a great lunch and a great discussion!

Salam Hangat dari teriknya matahari di Santa Monica

Pambudi Sunarsihanto

Sunday, March 12, 2017

UKM bisa belajar ini dari perusahaan besar

When it comes to good business strategies, one can learn a lot from the biggest companies out there. These organizations often have large teams that sit down and plan out strategies well in advance, with revision sessions that make sure that every possible has been covered and that the strategy that is being used is the best one for the company.
Now, I know what you are thinking. How can small businesses learn, copy, and execute from what Huge organizations are doing? Surely the differences in budgets will prevent that. Well, I argue that that is not the case. Sure, large organizations such as the one’s listed below are well funded and can scale things rather quickly.
However, there is a lot that a small business can take away from a large one in terms of strategy, ideas, and even execution– whether it’s a huge non-profit or corporate entity. Large entities indeed have a lot of valuable information to pass onto small businesses – regardless of the lack of resources. Below are three very different organizations and companies, all of whom are employing strategies that I believe almost any small business can learn from, adapt, and utilize effectively.

Organization: Google

The Strategy: Building the perfect team so that they can create groundbreaking technology and dominate future markets. Google has spent years building the perfect team and they are still doing it today. Google was so convinced that the perfect team would equal the perfect products that they spent hundreds of millions of dollars gathering and processing employee data like which groups tended to eat together, which traits the best managers have and many other factors.
Things to Take Away: 
• You may not have Google’s resources but if you make your focus on building the perfect team with the resources you have you will be ahead of the competition.
• If someone isn’t working, replace them. The cost and time spent making the change will be well rewarded.
• A small business is particularly affected by this. One bad seed in a team of 10 can ruin a company. Learn from Google to make sure you have the best staff.

Organization: UNICEF

The Strategy: Using Instagram to show kids wearing the product that they are selling. Basically, UNICEF launched a Fitbit-for-kids style bracelet wearable, sometimes referred which donates food to the needy for every step taken while wearing the bracelet. In order to drum up interest, they encourage kids to upload photos of themselves wearing the bracelet. Kids love being featured on the UNICEF Instagram, and as a result, they all participate.
Things to Take Away: 
• UNICEF encourages online community participation by providing a forum for kids to share pictures with other kids.
• These kids also can see what other kids – their contemporaries – are wearing, and as a result will want their own bracelet, which of course benefit the organizations main mission.
• Small businesses, even local ones, can encourage local community participation, by encouraging customers/users to participate socially, by uploading images of themselves using the local business, or posting a review.

Organization: Red Bull

The Strategy: Micro-focusing on a particular market segment and then wining and dining them like no other. Red Bull focuses on the young, high-energy, exuberant and motivated demographic. That’s why they own a racing team. That’s why they work with big-name athletes. That’s why when you think of Red Bull, you think of people who want to get things done. You can do the same with your products or services.
Things to Take Away: 
• Narrow your current demographic to the segment that you most want to reach.
• Spend all of your marketing efforts going after that particular segment.
• Don’t make your company marketing targeted to that segment – make your entire company dedicated and in existence for that particular segment.
• Small businesses may already have a localized niche segment, but instead of a few marketing ploys dedicated to that segment, it may be more shrewd to transform the entire company or business toward a segment.

Further Resources

Small businesses will continue to benefit as long as they prioritize learning and observing from other big companies. Additional resources include reading and studying books by major hi-tech entrepreneurs, many of whose strategies are ripe for entrepreneurial minded small business owners. Another great resource is checking out the free services offered by the Government. And of course, within your strategy and execution, it is imperative to look into customer engagement and customer experience.

With a combination of observing the big organizations and applying similar strategies to your own businesses, I believe that any business – small, medium, or large can benefit, so long as they execute properly.

Looking for a tech job? These are the 7 skills you'll need

You'll need a very particular set of skills if you want to get a job at some of the most competitive tech companies out there.
Just look at the data compiled by job site Paysa. The site has reviewed tens of millions of résumés, provided by a combination of Paysa's partners, recruiters, and users.
Paysa took a closer look at the résumés of people who work at Google, Apple, and Microsoft, to get a sense of what skills those employees had in common.
All three companies made Business Insider's list of the best places to work in America. Microsoft employs 120,849 people; Apple's workforce weighs in at over 100,000 people; and Alphabet (Google's parent company) has 61,000 employees.
If you want to join any of those workforces, it definitely helps to know what they're looking for.
Paysa compiled a list of in-demand skills, in the four fields within tech that employ the most people.
Here's what you need to compete for a job with some of the biggest players in tech:

Designers should know:

1. User interface design
2. Graphic design
3. Web design
4. Photoshop
5. Illustrator
6. Information architecture
7. Art direction

Engineers should know:

1. c++/c/c#
2. Java
3. Software development
4. Python
5. Javascript
6. Agile methodologies
7. SQL

Product managers should know:

1. Project management
2. Leadership
3. Customer service
4. Strategy
5. Cloud computing
6. Product marketing
7. Enterprise software

Data scientists should know:

1. Data analysis
2. SQL
3. Project management
4. Machine learning
5. Data mining
6. Business analysis
7. Python


Mengapa monitoring database memerlukan seorang IT Profesional


In many enterprises, database systems are the most important server installations of all. Most sector-specific solutions rely on databases and store information directly in the database, rather than in individual files. As such, opportunities to monitor those databases are highly dependent on the database system that is employed: large database systems, specifically Oracle, offer a variety of internal tools in order to monitor the stability, agility, and security of the database. Microsoft also has an impressive résumé in this category and equips its own SQL servers with a variety of sensors in order to measure all aspects of the system's qualities. Smaller systems, such as SAP's "Advantage Database Server" (previously Sybase) offer significantly less functionality in this regard. The lower level of monitoring features does not, however, indicate that the database is less effective in terms of the performance required for its intended task.
Aside from the technical aspects of the software, the question arises as to what the database or system administrator wishes to see in terms of monitoring reports. Ultra-high performance, professional databases use cluster systems in order to ensure a high level of uptime, or use NLB (Network Load Balancing) mode to optimize the allocation of performance overhead. In these cases, administrators must configure their monitoring routines appropriately, as the desired information will not otherwise be available. In terms of the accessibility of the system via the network, a ping check on the cluster address and further checks on the relevant nodes are also required. In order to exclude DNS issues preventing this access, many network administrators monitor the availability of both the hostname and the IP address per ping.
Database servers behave in the same way as all server systems in respect of many more monitoring parameters. Free disc storage space, network card throughput, the number of different connections via the network card and the CPU/RAM utilization are all values that need to be monitored on a regular file server as well.


In the database context, trend information is especially significant. It does not help administrators to have visibility of just a few snapshots, without knowing how these values will change over time. Regular activities, such as billing runs or the recalculation of statistical data, require more storage space on the hard disks or temporarily reduce the operating speeds of the database.
Table space values, free disc storage space or the ongoing allocation of index numbers from a number range table do not tell administrators very much without regular logging and evaluation. Typically, administrators do not determine the run speed of SQL Selects directly; instead, they interpret data that is returned by the database as an output. This data certainly requires interpretation, and, where applicable, should trigger automated actions. The wealth of innovation that this represents is scarcely limited and depends heavily on the sector of the specific enterprise.
When armed with scripting languages and connections to the database, a lot can be achieved in conjunction with a scheduler running on the operating system. Nevertheless, it is not a comfortable approach, even though (as an example) inventive administrators are able to log successfully executed Selects in the Event Viewer. Regardless of how the IT professional spins it, the result is always what the IT sector (and other sectors) refer to as a "kludge." Well-ordered documentation addressing topics such as "When and where do specific SQL jobs start, and for what purpose?" is absolutely essential, if the calls and commands are not to be integrated into an already-established monitoring system.


Many standard monitoring solutions support monitoring of SQL databases out of the box. In addition to querying standard values such as user connections, transaction volumes, or memory utilizations, tools such as these also have the ability to transmit their own database queries and measure the processing involved in dealing with them. The major benefit of using this kind of solution lies in the wide variety of evaluation, alerting and reporting options that these solutions generally offer. Moreover, database monitoring is incorporated into the overall monitoring solution, with the result that administrators gain an insight into the status of the infrastructure as a whole and thus are not required to use a variety of separate tools to stay up-to-date.

The Cloud in 2017 and #IoT | @CloudExpo @Cisco #SaaS #PaaS #AI #SDN

Cloud usage continues to gain momentum across all industries. In a recent FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2017 Predictions report, IDC predicted that between 60 percent and 70 percent of all software, services and technology spending will be on the cloud by 2020.
With this increase in cloud usage comes a corresponding need for employees with cloud skills. Supply has not kept pace with demand, however. The State of Cloud Readiness Study 2016 found that 53 percent of IT leaders are struggling to acquire the necessary skills to support cloud initiatives within their organizations, while almost half indicate staff training is not a priority.
This is a serious problem, but one that hold tremendous upside potential for career advancement and success for network and data center professionals with the right training and certifications. For those weighing a career in IT, cloud skills are in high demand and worth pursuing.
Pick your cloud Which of the possible cloud offerings - public, private and hybrid - is the best choice? That depends entirely on each organization along with the type of data it generates and uses. Organizations using the public cloud rely on the resources of third-party service providers for cloud storage or online accounting software. The biggest argument in its favor is cost. Organizations can rent public cloud services for monthly or annual fees and it's up to the provider to keep them running, accessible and updated.
Public cloud is a type of Software as a Service (SaaS), and some providers are going further to offer Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). PaaS enables an application to run on different infrastructures. IaaS makes an entire infrastructure available as a rentable service.
However, the public cloud suffers from security and accessibility issues. Data on the public cloud may not be as secure as it should be, especially if it is sensitive financial or health information that is regulated. Also, if the internet is down, then the data and the application may not be available when the organization needs them.
This group of factors has led many organizations to set up their own, private clouds. Organizations use private clouds to make their data more secure and to arrange them the way they prefer. They are not interested in selling SaaS but want the benefits of the cloud. The downside is the expense, which can be significant, and the need to hire scarce IT professionals with cloud expertise.
Still other organizations find their version of the best of both worlds in the hybrid cloud. Organizations keep sensitive data more secure on an internally managed private cloud. They then use the public cloud when needed, as in peak demand periods, when individual applications can be sent to the public cloud. Hybrids are also helpful during rough weather, scheduled maintenance or rolling brownouts or blackouts. IDC predicts that 80 percent of enterprise IT organizations will commit to the hybrid cloud by 2017.
Security, database and other in-demand cloud skillsOnce the choice of cloud has been made, the fact still remains that the organization will need IT professionals with certain cloud skills. Some of the fundamental skills are cloud migration and cloud security.
Learning and development can help fill the gap. Cloud skills training and certification courses should combine learning conceptual knowledge with developing hands-on skills. Topics covered should include:
  • Cloud infrastructure launch.
  • Private and hybrid cloud design.
  • Cloud security design.
  • ACI and APIC automation.
  • Application provisioning and lifecycle management.
  • Cloud systems management.
  • Private and hybrid IaaS provisioning.
Cloud migration has been a staggered process; some organizations are already there, and some have not yet made the move. All of them need IT professionals who have a solid grounding in the varying models for clouds. They also need to know how to map the organization's current IT infrastructure, including its applications and workloads on existing servers, and how to send all of what they have mapped to a cloud equivalent. The larger the organization, the more complicated this becomes.
Security is also critical in the cloud; almost every day brings news of yet another data breach. How to keep data secure, how to build and maintain secure platforms, and securing cloud infrastructure are all high-demand skills.
Organizations need IT professionals with know-how to develop and work with cloud applications, so additional top cloud skills cover SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. The same applies to cloud platforms and infrastructures. This means they should be fluent cloud programming languages like Python, Perl and Ruby along with traditional languages like .NET, Java and PHP. Linux skills are also in high demand.
As the Internet of Things generates quintillions of bytes of data daily, another high-demand skill is cloud database expertise. Organizations want most to uncover insights and new markets from this tsunami of data, and they need IT professionals with cloud database querying skills. SQL, along with open source languages like MySQL, Hadoop or Mongo DB are worth learning.
What the cloud requiresThe cloud continues to advance, transforming business with new possibilities. But it requires specialized skills and knowledge in order for organizations to reap the benefits of a consistent, secure cloud deployment. IT professionals who are willing to obtain the needed cloud training and certifications will prove their mettle to current and prospective employers.