When you hear the term 'Cloud', Amazon Web Services is undoubtedly the first name which comes to every IT professional's mind. This is certainly because we've heard it since the last 12 years. Even though the term 'cloud computing' was introduced by the Google CEO Eric Schmidt in the 2006 Search Engine Strategies Conference, still I believe the main credit for showing the increased attention & power of cloud computing goes to Amazon.
AWS in a nutshell
Well...if you're reading this article, probably you're already familiar with the largest Cloud Computing Services provided - Amazon Web Services (AWS). But for other who's not well versed with AWS,
AWS is the fastest growing & the most dynamic Cloud Computing platform provided by Amazon. AWS provides a mix of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and packaged software as a service (SaaS) offerings.
Why get AWS Certified?
As we all know, Cloud Computing is one of the fastest growing IT Technologies/Trends amongst the others like Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, etc. Let it be any of the above IT technology, almost every bit of them leverages the Cloud Computing Services provided by vendors such as Amazon or Microsoft. In simple words, if the other technology trends grow, so will the Cloud grow...which means that cloud computing skills have one of the crucial skills which the industry needs in order to sustain & grow. AWS's globally covered geographical infrastructure presence, hundred's of powerful & easy to use services, thousand's of customer success stories and a huge developer community presence makes AWS the most favorable cloud services provided in the market.
Due to this, the requirement of Certified AWS Professionals is growing on a yearly basis. Enterprises are actively planning on shifting their existing workloads to AWS, and are always in search of getting good Certified AWS Professionals on board.
What are Certifications does AWS have to offer?
AWS Certifications are divided into the following 4 tracks:
- Associate: There are 3 Associate Certifications for AWS
- Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
- Certified Developer - Associate
- Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate
2. Specialty: These are fairly new AWS Certifications which helps to validate technical knowledge for AWS experts who also possess expertise in specific technical areas. They’re designed for individuals with at least one associate-level AWS Certification plus deep proficiency and real-world experience in an area of specialization. There are 2 specialty certifications for AWS:
3. Professional: Professional exam validates advanced technical skills and experience in designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. A prerequisite for this type of certification is that you must be a certified associate first. There are 2 professional certifications for AWS:
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional (Mandatory: that you have your Solutions Architect - Associate Certification)
- AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional (Mandatory: that you have your Developer OR SysOps Administrator - Associate Certification)
4. Foundational: In the foundational track there is only 1 certification by the name 'AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner'. This is one of the beginner certifications and I would highly suggest you take this certification first and then move forward. The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner examination is intended for individuals who have the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively demonstrate an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud, independent of specific technical roles addressed by other AWS CertificationsAchieving this certification would not only give you an overview of the widely spread AWS Platform but also increase you confidence level in tackling the other AWS certifications.
Way to go
AWS is a very vast platform and it always keeps changing on regular basis based on the user & community inputs. If you're completely new to AWS, then I would suggest you undergo the 'Cloud Practitioner' Certification first and then move on to the Associate certifications.
If you're looking for a promising career forward, I suggest that you go for the Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certification as it has the highest demand in the market & also is amongst today's highest paying IT Certifications(Forbes 2017).
I hope this article helped you clarify some of the things due to which the requirement AWS Certified Professionals is increasing on a yearly basis. Let me know if you've any queries in the comments section so that I can try to get it resolved. If you have any business requirement with respect to AWS, then you can send your request through the below 'Get in touch' form.