The most valuable cloud computing certifications today

Looking for an edge in today’s IT job marketplace? Benchmark your cloud computing knowledge and skills with one or more of these highly regarded cloud computing certifications.

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The Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect certification is for professionals seeking to demonstrated that they can design, develop, and manage solutions using Google Cloud. The exam must be taken in person at one of Google’s testing centers. Real-world, hands-on experience is the best preparation, according to Google.

Organization: Google

How to prepare: Google recommends gaining practical experience through use of Google Cloud. It also offers a Cloud Architect exam guide and training courses.

IBM Certified Cloud Solution Architect v2

IBM offers a number of cloud-specific certifications, including the IBM Certified Solution Architect v2. Solutions architects will demonstrate the design, plan, architecture, and management capabilities for IBMs cloud computing infrastructure once they’ve completed the certification requirements. According to IBM, the mission of the solution architect certification is to “Provide a reliable, valid and fair method of assessing skills and knowledge; provide IBM a method of building and validating the skills of individuals and organizations; and to develop a loyal community of highly skilled certified professionals who recommend, sell, service, support and/or use IBM products and solutions.”

Organization: IBM

How to prepare: You should have a working knowledge of key cloud computing fundamentals, as well as basic knowledge of IBM cloud computing essentials, and will be required to confirm that knowledge by passing a certification exam.

Microsoft Cloud Certifications

Microsoft has a number of cloud certifications. These include: the MCSA: Cloud Platform Certified Solutions Associate, which provides the foundation for a position as a cloud architect or administrator; the MCSA: Linux on Azure certification, which demonstrates your ability to design, architect, implement, and maintain complex cloud-enabled Linux solutions that leverage Microsoft Azure’s open source capabilities and Linux system administration skills; and the MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, which validates the skills needed in a modern data center, including cloud technologies, identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage and networking.

Organization: Microsoft

How to prepare: You should possess a working knowledge of key cloud computing fundamentals, as well as basic knowledge of Microsoft cloud computing and Azure essentials. Review the Microsoft certification guides overview to determine what prerequisites are needed and to access study guides and course preparation materials.

Red Hat Certified Architect: Cloud

A Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) with a cloud concentration is a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) who has achieved the highest level of certification and proven they can create, configure, and manage private clouds using the Red Hat OpenStack Platform; manage virtual, private and hybrid cloud infrastructures with Red Hat CloudForms; create, configure, and manage a cloud application platform with OpenShift Enterprise by Red Hat; implement flexible storage solutions for on-premises and hybrid clouds; and manage multiple systems using Red Hat Satellite Server.

Organization: Red Hat

How to prepare: Candidates must be an RHCE, and must choose any five exams from Red Hat’s list of cloud-related courses.

Salesforce Certifications

Salesforce has a number of certification tracks, including ones for AdministratorsDevelopers, and Architects. The Certified Technical Architect credential is considered the pinnacle cert for those designing solutions for the Salesforce platform, and it builds on specializations, such as the Development Lifecycle and Deployment Designer certification, as well as domain architect credentials.

Organization: Salesforce

How to prepare: According to Salesforce.com, the certification tests real-world knowledge as much as book learning, and each certification track offers a variety of ways to prepare for the exams. There are individualized programs available aimed at every level of Salesforce professional.

VMware Certified Professional

VMware offers cloud-specific certifications, ranging from those targeted at associate level to expert. These tracks certify knowledge and expertise in a variety of cloud technologies and methodologies, including cloud management and automationhybrid cloud, and advanced tracks for architects and admins and engineers.

Organization: VMware

How to prepare: Study and preparation materials are available through VMware, and real-world experience with cloud and virtualization are also highly recommended.

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