I was looking back over my career recently and considering how long I have been focused on unified communications (voice over IP, collaboration, whatever you want to call it) in general and Cisco UC in specific. It was a really long time. We’re talking 16-17 years. It really got me thinking, and I’ve decided that I am going to work at branching out a bit more. With that in mind, I am starting a course of study to learn more about Amazon Web Services.
You might ask, why AWS? There are a lot of reasons that I could cite, but really it comes down to this handful:
- I didn’t want my next study course to focus on Cisco. I still like a lot of Cisco technologies and my job will continue to focus on them. I need to have something that gets my thinking significantly away from the Cisco arena so that I don’t just easily slide back into being complacent with UC.
- AWS is really far and away the leader in cloud computing.
- They have a certification program, and I’ll be honest it’s a lot easier for me to study on something when there is a goal in mind.
- Because it is cloud and I can (and already have) sign up for an AWS count and get a year full of all sorts of free stuff I can play around with it without having to invest in lab equipment.
- I’m already using it! While not deep into a lot of the intricacies, I am already using AWS to back up the video assets from Engineering Deathmatch, so it just makes sense to continue down the path and learn more about it.
Is this definitely where I want to steer my career? I don’t know. What I do know is that having more knowledge won’t hurt, so I’m undertaking the journey and we’ll see where I end up.
So why does this matter to you? Well, my intrepid reader, my goal is to post some regular updates on here with what I am studying. I see that by doing so I will hopefully make myself understand what I am studying a little bit better because I have to explain it. Also there’s the whole accountability thing, even if it is only to myself. At any rate, stay tuned, it should be an entertaining journey.