Cloud Computing Certifications – worth to have?

Many times we are approached by IT folks, students and professionals regarding cloud computing certifications which could help them to get great cloud computing jobs.  Cloud computing is quite a wide term, in fact it is an evolving business process, hence there is no single definition or example and hence no single course which could make you an ace of cloud technologies. Definition changes on the grounds of context and it is very important to figure out what are your career goals before you enroll yourself in any cloud training program. Market is crowded with cloud certifications, but before opting for a learning program you need to find a perfect match as per your background, skills and interest. Following are some cloud related IT certifications which are helpful in improving your knowledge.

1)      Microsoft MCSE Private Cloud certification:  As we said choose a certification which is related to your background education and even take that to another level. So this reputed Microsoft certification is well suited for IT folks who are done with their MCSA/MCITP Windows server 2008 certification. Read this to know more about this certification, modules covered and useful resources.

2)      HP-ATA Cloud: ATA here stands for Accredited Technical Associate. You need to be CCNA, HP-ATA Networks V1 or HP-ATA Servers and Storage V1 to be eligible for appearing for HP-ATA Cloud. This certification provides an insightful learning for delivering business cloud solutions, hosted and on-premise IT services. Here is  the detailed information about the certification.

3)      IBM Certified Solution Advisor- Cloud Computing Architecture: Another corporate giant IBM offers this business cloud computing certification. Though there isn’t any specific prerequisite mentioned like above two certifications but you should have skill set and experience mentioned in the IBM program guideline. Read this to know more about the certification and whether you are ready for it. The another certification from IBM is “IBM certified Solution Architect-Cloud Computing Infrastructure” which is again based on IBM Cloud service delivery and management model .

 

Apart from these certifications many cloud services companies are offering their own certifications. For example Rackspace has designed CloudU curriculum which covers basic aspects of cloud computing. There are no technical prerequisites and the course targets IT professionals or cloud business professionals who want to understand cloud aspects like compliance risk, implementation with IT infrastructure, economic advantages and other related things. Salesforce has too launched various cloud based certifications targeting various functions. Salesforce.com certified Technical Architect, Salesforce.com certified Advanced Administrator, Salesforce.com certified Sales Cloud Consultant are few to mention.

Apart from these corporates there are number of training and coaching institutes where providing training on booming domains is the core businesses. Some of these training institutes are heavily marketing cloud computing courses mentioning that these could help in securing great jobs with concrete financial gains. The reality is cloud is undoubtedly a booming domain but only on the basis on any training course you cannot get a magical turning point. So you are advised to check the reputation and past student feedback before joining any institute. Market is full of cloud based certifications but foundation of everything is practical knowledge and experience and that depends on your learning. Someone has rightly said education is just not preparation for life but it is life itself. Like any other industry, try to be aware of latest happenings and updates in cloud market. Things are changing fast and you need to match your speed too.

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