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Top 3 Cloud Computing Certifications that Enhance Your IT Career

Top 3 Cloud Computing Certifications that Enhance Your IT CareerSecurity certifications offer both small business VARs and IT professionals conceptual knowledge and implementation skills to provide customers with secure networks. Cloud computing certifications can add value to your credentials in the architecture and design of corporate networks.

However, with so many cloud computing certifications available, how do you decide which certifications can significantly advance your IT career?

The following are the top three cloud computing certifications that can impress your prospects and land you higher-paying clients: 

IBM Cloud Computing Certifications

IBM cloud computing certifications are among the most in-demand cloud computing certifications that be obtained for a reasonable investment. They can be divided into two tracks:

  • Cloud Computing Advisor

  • Cloud Computing Infrastructure Architect

With the Cloud Computing Advisor track, you have two options:

  • IBM Certified Solution Advisor - Cloud Computing Architecture V1

  • IBM Certified Solution Advisor - Cloud Computing Architecture V2

These two certifications require you to acquire a conceptual and working knowledge of cloud computing architecture and design principles in order to identify and map customers’ requirements for IBM cloud computing offerings.

With the Cloud Computing Infrastructure Architect track, you design a comprehensive solution that utilizes the IBM cloud computing infrastructure in order to meet the customers’ requirements.

The IBM Certified Solution Architect - Cloud Computing Infrastructure V1 certification can be a necessary credential to land prospective clients.

Getting certified depends on the certification track that you choose to pursue. You take one of these exams:

  • Test 000-032 - Foundations of IBM Cloud Computing Architecture V1 to get certified as an IBM Certified Solution Advisor - Cloud Computing Architecture V1. The test consists of 48 questions with a duration of 75 minutes. The required passing score for the test is 66%.

  • Test 000-281 - Foundations of IBM Cloud Computing Architecture V2 to get certified as an IBM Certified Solution Advisor - Cloud Computing Architecture V2. You are expected to answer 50 questions in 90 minutes. You must get a minimum score of 68% to pass this exam.

  • Test 000-280 - IBM Cloud Computing Infrastructure Architect V1 to get certified as an IBM Certified Solution Architect - Cloud Computing Infrastructure V1. You’ll be required to answer 49 questions within 75 minutes. A minimum score of 65% is required to pass the exam.

These exams each have a net price of $100. You can register by contacting the nearest Prometric center.

3Tera Cloud Computing Certifications

3Tera cloud computing certifications offer you instruction and hands-on labs to understand the basic concepts, advanced technologies, best practices, and business continuity of the AppLogic cloud computing platform. In order to receive the 3Tera cloud computing certifications, you have to complete training coursework and online testing. 3Tera currently has two certification programs:

  • 3Tera Certified Cloud Operator: If you are or want to be a service provider, enterprise operation professional, or system integrator with deployment and operation skills in cloud services, this program is for you. When you attend 3Tera’s three-day hands-on training, you will be trained in the hardware requirements, service configuration, hardware failure troubleshooting, and configuration of virtual private data centers. Once you complete the training, you can get the certification by passing their online exam.

  • 3Tera Certified Cloud Architect: System architects, IT operations professionals, application developers, and system engineers can attend this program to get the necessary skills to design, integrate, provision, deploy, and manage the AppLogic cloud computing platforms. Program participants will learn the architectural concepts of the 3Tera AppLogic cloud computing services, step-by-step procedures for deployment, best practices for security, and how to architect for business continuity. The certification test is held after your training.

The fee for 3Tera’s training course and certification test is $2,000.

VMware Cloud Computing Certifications

Unlike other cloud computing platform companies, VMware offers you certifications in data center virtualization at the professional, advanced professional and design expert levels.

  • VMware Certified Professional (VCP): This certification requires you to complete a VMware-authorized training course and gain hands-on experience with VMware technologies. A VCP certification will assure your customers that you have the education needed to successfully install, deploy, scale, and manage VMware vSphere environments with a minimum of six months experience in VMware infrastructure technologies. Want to become a VCP? Make sure that you attend a qualifying VMware authorized course which costs approximately $3,000.

  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP): This is an intermediate level certification available in two different tracks: Datacenter Administration (DCA) and Datacenter Design (DCD). The pre-requisite to getting this certification is getting certified as a VCP on VMware vSphere 4 (VCP4).

  • VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX): This is the highest level of VMware certification. The program is for veteran professionals in VMware virtual infrastructure – both in enterprise deployments and design. You have to appear before a panel of judges and defend a VMware vSphere-based virtual infrastructure design and implementation plan. There are numerous pre-requisites for this certification.

While there are other cloud computing certifications available and more to come, this article has introduced you to three of the more popular sets of certification programs available from IBM, 3Tera, and VMware.  There are numerous options that are worth exploring. This article can be used as a starting point for researching the options which suit your career plans, your company’s growth plans, and your clients’ needs.

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