Cloud Certification Training

Over the past several years, no other area of IT has generated as much hype, interest and investment as cloud computing. Though the term can — and often does — have different meanings for different users, there’s no doubt that the cloud is now a permanent fixture for end users, service providers, as well as companies and organizations of all sizes around the world.

As a result, cloud computing attracts considerable coverage and attention from certification providers and companies that offer cloud related products, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and VMware, among countless others.

An excellent Forbes article summarizes key statistics regarding the current cloud computing landscape along with a look to the future. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the dominant cloud computing player, followed by Microsoft Azure, the Rackspace Public Cloud and VMware’s vCloud. The cloud infrastructure and platform market in general generates roughly $21 billion in revenues, and is expected to grow by nearly 20% year after year to $43 billion by 2018. And cloud services aren’t limited to large corporations and enterprises. An estimated 64% of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) also use cloud-based applications, with 78% of businesses indicating that they are planning to buy new cloud-based solutions in the next few years.

These figures elevate cloud computing from a nice-to-have feature to an essential part of an organization’s IT infrastructure. Suffice it to say that the cloud is here to stay, and we can expect to see a growing demand for qualified and certified cloud IT professionals.

Today, a close examination of what’s available to IT professionals by way of cloud-related certifications shows a large and growing number of credentials. When Ed first wrote about this topic that was not the case, but my, how things have changed! Each year we’ve been able to add new certifications to the list and the variety continues to grow.