Determining which cloud certifications that are best for you can seem difficult because finding a starting point can be challenging. With so many different programs available, how can you be sure that you are getting a certification that is recognized and useful? Some certifications will cost thousands while others can be obtained for free. We have broken down two of the best certifications for IT professionals who seek to get certified on the essentials of cloud computing based on cost, difficulty and recognition.
RackSpace’s CloudU Certification
RackSpace recently began offering a course on cloud computing. The main objective of this course is for the student to be able to demonstrate their ability to thorough describe the inner workings of a cloud computing system regardless of the vendor. The curriculum is 10 lessons that have a quiz at the end. You must get a score of 80% or higher in order to take the next lesson. You can take the test after completing all of the lessons and you must score an 80 or higher in order to earn the certification. This certification and the courseware are provided for free by RackSpace.
CompTIA Cloud Essentials
CompTIA has been recognized in the IT industry as one of the standard bearers when it comes to technical training. Cloud Essentials teaches the student all about the cloud infrastructure from the ground up. This formal certification is a must have for anyone serious about going far in their cloud computing career. CompTIA certifications carry a lot of weight and they are definitely a plus to any technical resume. There are costs associated with the coursework because many technical colleges will host classes on CompTIA Cloud Essentials. It is possible to study this material on your own and complete the test for the certification. You’ll need to locate a testing center near you in order to figure out exact costs and times for the CompTIA Cloud Essentials certification.