A new certification in cloud computing that is backed up by Rackspace and Ben Kepes is now offering a vendor neutral certification that you can earn online and best of all it is free. What adds credibility to the certification is that Rackspace is a big time vendor that is putting their credibility, resources, and their brand name to backup Cloud University. Cloud University offers a single certification called the “Cloud U certificate” that can be earned by taking 10 tests and a final exam based on whitepapers and videos that are offered online from Cloud University. The content that is provided by Cloud University for their course-ware uses original content that can not be found anywhere on the web. You are truly getting a fresh perspective from a proven vendor in the Cloud industry (Cloud U, n.d.). According to Cloud U (n.d.) they provide a listing of their ten lessons below:
Lesson 1 – Revolution not Evolution
Lesson 2 – Cloudonomics
Lesson 3 – Understanding the Cloud Computing Stack
Lesson 4 – Say Goodbye to DIY Data Centers
Lesson 5 – Elephant in the Room
Lesson 6 – Planning a move to the Cloud
Lesson 7 – Running a Business on the Cloud
Lesson 8 – Creative Configurations
Lesson 9 – Does Data want to be Free?
Lesson 10 – You Want to Put My Database Where?
As you can see, Cloud University’s lessons cover a wide range of topics about the basics of cloud computing. These courses will help you understand about the need for organizations to adopt cloud computing technologies to support cost savings for your company (Cloud U, n.d.).
The advantages of taking this certification is that you can take the courses, tests, and exams at your own pace. You will be able to demonstrate to employers that you have the fundamental knowledge in cloud computing and that you would be able to work with basic cloud technologies. You will also be able to add another certification on your resume which will boost the confidence of employers that are always seeking certified professionals. Having a Cloud U certificate on your resume will also help when recruiters perform keyword searches on cloud computing professionals that you profile will be made visible to people that are searching for top notch candidates. There are many advantages of having a third party to certify your skills as an expert. (Cloud U, n.d.).
The major disadvantage for the earning this certification is that it is not a very well known in the industry and not many employers have not even heard of Cloud University. You will not be able to get a job in the cloud computing industry with just this certification alone. You are going to need an additional certificate from a leading vendor in the industry to help position you as a good candidate to recruiters. You are going to need work experience in the technology field that will demonstrate your capabilities to handle a career in cloud computing.
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