Over the last decade or so, it is difficult to think of another technology that has garnered as much attention as the cloud has. Investors have rushed to profit from companies moving large portions of their infrastructure to cloud services. Companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have invested billions building out large-scale data centers. The term, “the cloud” has become ubiquitous even to those outside the technology industry.IDC predicts that spending on cloud services and infrastructure will hit $210 billion this year and $370 billion by 2021. What felt like irrational hype a few years ago has turned into many feeling that we have underestimated the investment and growth of the cloud. And where there is substantial year-over-year growth, there is an opportunity for people with the skills and credentials to help build and integrate the myriad services offered by the cloud. Savvy IT professionals can take advantage of this opportunity by earning both vendor-neutral and vendor-specific certifications. Each vendor has different requirements, but the template for earning a certification does not change all that much. It includes:
- Select a Skill – This could be a specific product such as VMware or a skill such as wireless networking.
- Take a Course – Both self-pace and instructor-led courses are available for most topics. These can range from a few hundred dollars into the thousands.
- Pass the Exam – Take the exam at an approved testing center. Costs vary, but most exams are in the $150 to $300 range.
- Continuing Education – Some certifications require additional annual coursework or re-certification in the future.
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