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Cloud 101: Certs to Help You Get Your Feet Wet in the Cloud

Relevant Cloud Computing Certifications

 

Cloud concept gadgets attached to tech looking cloudAs you may already know, IT certifications normally comprise entry level, associate, professional, and expert levels. I'd like to explain some of the leading entry-level/associate cert titles to give you some initial familiarity.

 

Besides, you can always visit the certification vendor's website to learn about higher-level cert tracks.

 

CompTIA Cloud+ — CompTIA actually offers two cloud computing-related certifications. The Cloud+ certification, which requires passing a single exam, is aimed at IT professionals.

 

On the other hand, CompTIA's Cloud Essentials is targeted at the businessperson whose work in some way intersects with cloud computing. (Today, that's pretty much the standard situation, isn't it?)

 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) — Amazon has a huge portfolio of certifications. Their associate-level titles are focused on job roles:

 

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate: The architect needs to understand both operations and development.

 

AWS Certified Developer – Associate: This title obviously focuses on programming within the AWS ecosystem

 

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate: This exam is aimed at the operations specialist who has need to work closely with developers to ensure timely service delivery

 

MCSA – Private Cloud — The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate in Private Cloud verifies your ability to deploy a private cloud using the Microsoft technology stack: Windows Server, Hyper-V, and System Center. This certification requires that you pass five exams.

 

Just for grins, let me give you a single "laundry list" of some other popular cloud computing certifications that you may be interested in:

 

Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA)
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Cloud
Cloud Credential Council CCC Professional Cloud Administrator
Cloud Security Alliance Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)
Google Cloud Certification
Rackspace CloudU
Red Hat Certified Architect – Cloud
Salesforce.com Certified Administrator
VMware Certified Professional – Cloud

 

Takeaways

 

Regardless of whether you're new to IT or transitioning into cloud computing from a related field, the bottom line is the same: you gain proficiency with cloud computing, or you fall behind. And to fall behind in cloud computing is damaging both to the business as well as your own career.

 


Tim WarnerABOUT THE AUTHOR

Timothy L. Warner is an IT professional and technical trainer based in Nashville, Tenn. A computer enthusiast who authored his first BASIC program in 1981 on the Radio Shack TRS-80 Model III, Tim has worked in nearly every facet of IT, from systems administration and software architecture to technical writing and training. He can be reached via LinkedIn.