Cloud Computing Training and Certification

Training and Certification for the Cloud Computing: Driving Results for Compelling Performance and Service Delivery

Overview: As Things Are Now

Cloud computing provides off-premises data-processing and storage applications for businesses, developers and independent software vendors (ISVs).
To this extent, it has already changed the way business IT is deployed:

  • Cloud allows the enterprise to do more with less, providing cheap, flexible, on-demand resources.
  • No longer location-dependent, cloud’s everywhere-accessible off-site backup reduces data center security and recovery issues.
  • Allocation of IT-infrastructure is dynamic, aligning directly with the needs of the enterprise client.
  • Agility is cloud’s core value, generating operational savings because only needed services are used and paid-for.
  • Cloud’s real-time agility rapidly acclimates to immediate enterprise demands.
  • Cloud’s self-service capacities enable implementation of uniform application-platforms “Visit A cloud computing primer

While leveraging these benefits can deliver considerable financial and strategic advantage to an organization, only limited standardization of professionally-approved qualifications and practices exists.
In this environment of growing cloud-application, certification of appropriate and acceptable cloud processes and user skills is necessary “Visit A Guide to Cloud Computing Certifications”.

Cloud Training and Certification for Improved Service Delivery

Enterprise cloud applications will only proliferate in the future. The need for professional standards of performance, and accountability to them, will grow commensurately. Cloud computing training and certification can generate these objectives in a way that manages cloud’s expected growth, through development of a qualified cadre of professionals well-equipped to provide a stability of innovative cloud-practice for businesses and consumers.

There has been some progress in providing certification and training sufficient to promote further professionalization of cloud services. Among those firms providing cloud training are IBM for both cloud Architecture and Infrastructure, CompTIA for Cloud Essentials, Cloud Security Alliance for cloud computing security (CCSK) certification, and CloudU for cloud fundamentals; all offer accreditation for cloud skills development and expertise Visit Top 10 Cloud Computing Certifications for 2012.

CompTIA, one of the leading proponents of certification for cloud enterprise and technical performance, suggests these domain areas be measured for appropriate proficiency before certification is awarded.

Figure 1: Cloud Proficiency Domains for Certification

Domain% of Examination
1.0 Characteristics of Cloud Services From a Business Perspective15%
2.0 Cloud Computing and Business Value20%
3.0 Technical Perspective/Cloud Types20%
4.0 Steps to Successful Adoption of Cloud Computing15%
5.0 Impact and Changes of Cloud Computing on IT Service Management15%
6.0 Risks and Consequences of Cloud Computing15%


CompTIA Cloud Essentials Certification Exam Objectives (CLO-001) With the expanded use of big-data analyses, training and certification for Apache Hadoop has become an increasingly important IT-qualification.

Intel, the semiconductor chip-maker, offers training based on its years of experience working with Hadoop.Visit Hadoop Training Overview: Why get Hadoop Training.

Hadoop has become so favored for its big-data capacities that that something of a crisis has emerged – there are more enterprise-uses for Hadoop (to warehouse, process and evaluate huge quantities of information) than there are skilled Hadoop-practitioners.Training programs for the open source framework have multiplied to meet the demand.

Hortonworks, MapR, Cloudera, and Big Data University are four of the most prominent. Visit Get started with Hadoop.

GlobalKnowledge is a certified Cloudera Hadoop-training partner; all these programs provide certification for analyzing the world’s 2 trillion gigabytes of data, an amount expected to double by 2015 Visit Cloudera: GlobalKnowledge.Certification also requires training for managing systems and their strategies. While cloud IT offers lower costs and increased agility, selecting the system format most applicable to an organization’s specific needs can be problematic.

Training demonstrates:

  • SaaS is advisable for enterprise seeking off-the-shelf applications;
  • PaaS or IaaS are recommended for development resource applications.
  • Private cloud ensures firms retain control of their hardware and software, by leasing server infrastructure from an external data-center provider.

This reduces data-center time and cost expenditures by 50% – 70%, as personnel are freed from manually designing, building and deploying environments. However, these essentials must be supplemented by both practical and theoretical knowledge of a multitude of cloud functions and environments before certification is achieved.