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11 top IaaS cloud computing certifications

Brandon Butler | Nov. 12, 2015
Stay on top of the fast-changing cloud market with these certifications from Amazon, Microsoft, IBM and many others.

Google Cloud Platform Qualified Developer

Description: Google offers five cloud platform exams focused on various specialties within the Google Cloud. Users who pass all five become a Google Cloud Platform Qualified Developer. Topics include: Google App Engine, Google Cloud Storage, Google Cloud SQL, Big Query, and Google Compute Engine.

Cost: $100 per exam; five exams in total to become a Google Cloud Platform Qualified Developer

More information: Google Cloud Platform training

IBM Certified Solution Architect – Cloud Computing Infrastructure

Description: This exam tests design and management principles of an IBM cloud infrastructure, including planning a road map, integrating systems, configuring resources and managing the operation, service delivery and maintenance of the cloud.

Cost: $200 in developed countries; $100 in emerging countries.

Other similar certifications: IBM has a variety of other cloud certifications, including a Certified Application Developer, which focuses on mastery of the company’s BlueMix PaaS offering, as well as a Certified Solution Advisor for Cloud Architecture, which is for technical sellers of cloud.

More information: IBM Cloud Certifications

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect

Description: Microsoft has three Azure IaaS public cloud certifications; if you complete them all you are an Azure Solutions Architect. Individual certifications include a developer focused one, an implementation specialist for IT pros and an architecture one.

On the private cloud side, there are five exams focusing on aspects of configuring and managing Windows Server and Systems Center.

Microsoft offers both in-person classes as well as books and online courses for each.

Cost: $150

More information: Microsoft Azure public cloud certifications are here and private cloud certifications are here.

Certified OpenStack Administrator

Description: Starting in mid-2016, the OpenStack Foundation (governing body for the open source project) will offer a certification program for OpenStack Administrators. The test will be administered from the Linux Foundation

Other similar certifications: Many companies in the OpenStack open source project offer their own training and certifications.

More information: See a full list of existing OpenStack trainings and certifications here and information about the OpenStack Foundation certification here.

Rackspace CloudUCertification

Description: Rackspace developed Rackspace CloudU as a vendor-neutral cloud education program designed to educate individuals on the fundamentals of cloud computing. Topics include the economics of cloud, understanding various cloud stacks and best practices for cloud migrations and configurations. There’s a final exam at the conclusion of 10 free online sessions.

Other similar certifications: Rackspace has other certifications, including OpenStack Training Courses and Open Cloud Academy Training courses for Linux Sys Admins and Network Operations pros.

More Information: Rackspace CloudU; Rackspace OpenStack Training; Open Cloud Academy

Red Hat Certified Architect: Cloud

Description: Red Hat offers a variety of Certified Architect certificates, including ones on cloud, cloud engineering, system administration, hybrid cloud computing, platform as a service, virtualization and OpenStack. A user who completes any five cloud certifications becomes a Certified Architect.

 

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