Depending on the users, the term cloud computing has many different interpretations. Furthermore, to legitimize its tenancy in the technology sector, certification providers and companies that offer cloud-related products such as Google, IBM, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS), and VMware are accrediting technology professionals.
Google Cloud Certifications
Google Cloud Certified IT professionals are proficient in designing, developing, managing and administering the application, platform, and infrastructure data solutions using the Google Cloud technology.
The Google Cloud Certification indicates that the technician has proven that he/she has acquired the required knowledge and skills to leverage the Google Cloud technology in a manner that revolutionizes businesses and positively affects the customers they cater to. To earn any of these certifications, one must pass the corresponding exam.
Benefits of Certifications
The benefits are as follows:
- Respect and recognition by industry authorities
- Validation of technical capabilities
- Extension of IT career opportunities
Google provides the following internationally recognized certifications:
- Associate Cloud Engineer
- Professional Cloud Architect
- Professional Data Engineer
- Professional Cloud Developer
Associate Cloud Engineer
This certified cloud specialist deploys applications, monitors operations, and manages enterprise solutions. This individual is able to use Google Cloud Console and the command-line interface to perform common platform-based tasks to maintain one or more deployed solutions that leverage Google-managed or self-managed services on Google Cloud.
The Associate Cloud Engineer exam evaluates a person’s ability to :
- Set up a cloud solution environment
- Plan and configure a cloud solution
- Deploy and implement a cloud solution
- Ensure successful operation of a cloud solution
- Configure access and security
Professional Cloud Architect
This certified cloud specialist designs, develops, and manages robust, secure, scalable, highly available, and dynamic solutions to accomplish business objectives.
Professional cloud architects must possess a thorough understanding of the cloud architecture and the Google Cloud Platform.
The Professional Cloud Architect exam assesses a person’s ability to:
- Design and plan a cloud solution architecture
- Manage and deliver the cloud solution infrastructure
- Design for security and compliance
- Analyze and optimize technical and business processes
- Manage implementation of the cloud architecture
- Ensure reliable solutions and operations
Professional Data Engineer
This certified cloud specialist designs, builds, maintains, and troubleshoots data processing systems with particular emphasis on the security, reliability , fault-tolerance, scalability, fidelity, and efficiency of such systems.
The Professional Data Engineer exam assesses a person’s ability to:
- Build and maintain data structures and databases
- Design data processing systems
- Analyze data and enable machine learning
- Model business processes for analysis and optimization
- Design for reliability
- Visualize data and advocate policies
- Design for security and compliance
Professional Cloud Developer
This certified cloud specialist builds scalable and highly available applications using Google recommends practices and tools that leverage fully managed services.
This individual has experience with the next generation databases, runtime environments and developer tools and he/she is familiar with at least one general purpose programming language and is skilled in using StackDriver to produce meaningful metrics and logs to debug and trace code.
The Professional Cloud Developer exam assesses your ability to:
Design highly scalable, available, and reliable cloud-native applications
Build and test applications
Integrate Google Cloud Platform services
Manage application performance monitoring
IBM Cloud Certifications
The IBM Professional Certification Program offer industry-recognized credentials based on IBM technology. IBM Cloud Certification covers a variety of technical areas, including Cloud, Watson, IoT, Security, and so on.
To earn any of these certifications one must pass the corresponding exam.
IBM provides the following internationally recognized certifications:
- Solution Advisor – Cloud reference architecture V5
- Solution Architect – Cloud platform solution V2
- Solution Advisor – DevOps V1
- Application Developer – Watson V3
- Advanced Application Developer : Cloud platform V1
Solution Advisor – Cloud reference architecture V5
This certified cloud specialist can openly describe the advantages and fundamental ides of cloud computing.
Solution Architect – Cloud platform solution V2
This certified cloud specialist can design and construct a cloud infrastructure.
Solution Advisor – DevOps V1
This certified cloud specialist can convey the advantages and core concepts of DevOps.
Application Developer – Watson V3
This certified cloud specialist understands the concepts crucial for building applications using IBM Watson services on Bluemix.
Advanced Application Developer : Cloud platform V1
This certified cloud specialist understands the advanced concepts critical to the development of applications that span multiple cloud and on-premise environments.
One completion of the certification exam, successful candidates are issued each of these certifications along with a badge in the IBM Open Badge program confirming that they have acquired the necessary skills to perform the associated tasks.
Here is a screenshot of the IBM Certified Solution Advisor Badge:
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Certifications
Organization demand professionals with cloud dexterity to help transform their business. As the global leader in cloud services, AWS provides its own training and certification program. To earn any of these certifications, one must pass the corresponding exam.
AWS provides the following international recognized certifications:
- AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
- AWS Certified Solutions Associate Architect
- AWS Certified Solutions Associate Developer
- AWS Certified Solutions Professional Architect
AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
This certified cloud specialist possesses the knowledge and skills required to effectively demonstrate a general understanding of the AWS Cloud.
AWS Certified Solutions Associate Architect
This certified cloud specialist exhibits the skills of how to develop and deploy secure and powerful AWS-based applications.
AWS Certified Solutions Associate Developer
This Certified cloud specialist has years of practical experience constructing and maintaining AWS-based applications.
AWS Certified Solutions Professional Architect
This certified cloud specialist possesses advanced technical skills and experience in designing distributed AWS-based applications.