CompTIA Rolls Out Cloud Computing Certification
Cloud computing certifications currently available focus on vendor-specific technologies and architectures, but there has been demand from the industry for an entry-level cloud computing credential that focuses on the fundamental knowledge of cloud computing principles and concepts, said Rick Bauer, director of research and development for skills certification at CompTIA.
"We’ve gotten several requests, and we got them from a variety of sources. We’ve talked to folks from Amazon and Microsoft and VMware, and these folks are starting to study the hypervisor and get certified on VMware’s product line or Hyper-V in the Microsoft stack. They’re finding that in the introductory material, everybody assumes an elementary knowledge that may not be there," Bauer said.
That’s where the new Cloud Essentials credential comes in. Instead of providing a deep technical device, the exam tests people on their basic knowledge of cloud computing and what it means from business and technical perspectives, as well as what’s moving to and governing the cloud. Someone who successfully completes the exam will not only understand what the technical implications of cloud computing is, but also will be able to converse with business units on what the cloud computing model will mean for them.
CompTIA and ITpreneurs, which jointly developed the credential, have tested the new credential in several beta settings, and it plans to make the exam available in early December.
"You’re going to see this exam positioned as a common core of knowledge so that you can go in a variety of different ways," Bauer said.
Although there are no pre-requisites to take the Cloud Essentials exam, Bauer said anybody taking it should have at least six months of experience with IT.
"Hopefully someone who knows this material and passes the certification exam is going to be able to have coherent and intelligent discussion and the ability to communicate with a variety of different players within the cloud ecosystem as well as his or her own management," Bauer said.
The credential was designed to solve a problem that several businesses are experiencing right now -- that when IT and business units speak about cloud, they’re talking passed each other and not communicating effectively. According to Bauer, this will help IT people understand and communicate with business units about the implications of cloud computing.
CompTIA is also trying to inject some fun into the credential. It’s the first CompTIA credential with a game associated with it. Check it out at http://www.cloudchallenge.com.