Cloud Computing Certifications

Cloud Computing Certifications

Cloud technology has created new opportunities and job roles. In order to be ready for them, we must enhance our current skills set to include cloud computing. The worldwide demand for implementing cloud infrastructure by governments, enterprises and educational institutions is a call for IT professionals to attend trainings and courses, in order to get better educated in this technology.

As the need for the development of cloud computing standards became apparent, major companies have launched cloud computing certification programs.  These certification programs include cloud-focused training programs targeting service providers or vendors, operations professionals in the enterprise, as well as systems integrators who are trained to navigate, deploy and operate cloud platforms.

The advantages of these certifications increase opportunities for professionals who want to move up the ladder and also adds prestige for the company.

Furthermore, I would like to bring to your attention the top cloud computing certifications:

·       IBM Certified Solution Advisor – Cloud Computing Architecture

o   Covers cloud computing basics and IBM offerings

o   IBM virtualization, Websphere, CloudBurst, TSAM, ISDM

o   Study preparation: IBM product documentation

·       IBM Certified Solution Architect – Cloud Computing Infrastructure

o   Targets IBM cloud computing reference architecture

o   IBM virtualization, Websphere, CloudBurst, TSAM, ISDM

o   Study preparation: IBM product documentation

·        Microsoft Learning

o   Targets IT professional specializing in cloud computing to build and enhance their skills through cutting-edge technology.

o   Microsoft Learning showcases an array of cloud computing certification courses central to Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).

·        Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist

o   Google’s first cloud specialist certification

o   Covers the fundamentals of Google Apps for Business

o   Study preparation: Apps100 course, study guide

·       Vmware Certified Proffesional (VCP)

o   Most popular virtualization certification

o   Includes coverage of vSphere’s role in cloud architecture

o   Study preparation: vSphere 5 class

·        Certified Cloud Professional (CCP)

o   Cloud Computing Basics

o   Essentially tests for knowledge of NIST

o   Study preparation: Cloud Technology Professional Certification Workshop, self-study kit

Training candidates who have IT experience and direct involvement in IT responsibilities or decision-making should benefit from all opportunities available to earn cloud certifications and attend training courses. The certifications I brought to your attention are the first step towards excellence in overall cloud strategy and in the development of real-world cloud computing proficiency.

By Rick Blaisdell

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