AWS Associate certifications: Getting started with the AWS cloud
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With the increase in cloud adoption in last few years, the need for cloud certified IT professionals is exploding. With cloud certifications, you can benchmark cloud computing knowledge and skills. It gives confidence to employers that they are hiring the right professional, while a professional gets an extra edge over the competition. There is quite a range of industry standard certifications – some of them vendor specific – available in IT world. With more and more vendors jumping into the cloud computing market, you’ve got quite a choice of available certifications.
Choosing the right AWS certification for you matters a lot, as one size certainly does not fit all feet. So, for instance a developer certification is for someone who builds cloud applications, while an architect certification is for someone who designs and plans cloud deployments.
With around 8,000 partners around the world, Amazon Web Services is the mostly widely used cloud computing platform. With growing demand for cloud computing professionals with the skill sets to manage Amazon infrastructure, AWS launched their own certification program in May 2013. Over last 18 months, AWS has launched four certifications (plus one still in beta). The AWS certification family is divided into two layers: Associate and Professional. The Associate layer focuses upon individuals with strong AWS environment fundamentals, while the Professional layer focuses upon building complex systems on top of AWS. Each of these certifications targets its own audience: design, development, or operations.
|Solutions Architect||Developer||SysOps Administrator|
|Associate||AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate||AWS Certified Developer – Associate||AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate|
|Professional||AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional||AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional|
|Certificate Name||AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate|
|Target Audience||Solutions Architect|
|Certificate Name||AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional|
|Target Audience||Solutions Architect|
|Pre-requisites||AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate|
|Certificate Name||AWS Certified Developer – Associate|
|Certificate Name||AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate|
|Target Audience||SysOps Administrator|
|Certificate Name||AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional|
|Target Audience||Developer and SysOps Administrator|
|Prerequisites||AWS Certified Developer – Associate or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate|
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To answer these questions, you’ll need to have had a hand in many roles (architect, developer and sysops) at some stage of your life. As you spend time in a certain role then, why not go for the relevant certification?
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