This is when Cloud+ exam comes into play. The CompTIA Cloud+ certification currently covers competency in cloud models, virtualization, infrastructure, security, resource management and business continuity. The first Cloud+ exam was introduced in October 2013. As the Moore’s Law rapidly changes the Industry, Cloud+ is undergoing an update as of 2017.
Who wrote Cloud+ questions?
A handful of the Industry’s elite professionals, called Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), were selected to aid CompTIA in the development of questions for Cloud+. Artem D, Founder and CEO of Heraldic was among those invited to extend their cloud expertise to develop questions. During two workshops in March and April in Downers Grove, IL, a suburb of Chicago, Artem had the honor of working with some of the brightest professionals in the Industry from all over the world.
Cloud+ is not a vendor-specific exam, and SMEs come from diverse cloud technology backgrounds, public and private alike. A number of SMEs are VMware certified vExperts. Among them are Graeme Vermeulen, a British solutions architect at Daisy Group, and Arron Stebbing, a Partner Enablement Specialist at rhipe from Australia.
Many SMEs are AWS users, including Heraldic’s CEO Artem Dmitriev, Román Lozano, an AWS Certified Cloud Solutions Architect at Softtek from Mexico and Erik Cass, a Senior DevOps Engineer at ARMA Global from Florida.
Many SMEs represented enterprises with an established name. Among them are Cornelius Heck from a large consulting company Deloitte, Marcin Lubojanski from a financial services company ING Services Polska and Satish Bantanahal from the software giant Oracle.
The full list of current CompTIA’s SMEs can be found here: https://certification.comptia.org/get-involved/become-a-subject-matter-expert/current-smes
Why ‘learn’ Cloud?
One often thinks of large enterprises when it comes to Cloud administration. However any start up or freelancer can avoid massive upfront investments by using any public cloud. Additionally, the cloud enables you to grow faster and easier. You might ask if the cloud model is so much better then why is it that not everybody is in the cloud yet? The answer is because not every IT department is staffed with pros who know how to provision cloud infrastructure.
How to ‘learn’ Cloud?
The best way to learn the ways of the Cloud is to…USE the Cloud. Heraldic Clouds started with a very limited budget and minimal cloud skills. It cost us nothing to create an account and after a couple of years of playing with it we built a robust infrastructure and leveled up our cloud administration skills. Anyone with Internet access can get hands-on experience with cloud infrastructure and learn from tutorials.
Below are some of the major cloud vendors’ websites that can help you get started, and most of them offer free products or trial versions:
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