Cloud computing certification

With the use of cloud computing expanding and the demand for IT workers with cloud skills growing, CompTIA introduced a new specialty certification focused on cloud computing knowledge.

CompTIA Cloud Essentials covers a range of cloud computing principles and concepts – from both the business and technical perspectives – and what’s involved in moving to and governing the cloud.

Momentum behind the move to cloud computing continues to accelerate. More than half (56 percent) of the organizations surveyed for CompTIA’s August 2011 Second Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study said their investment in cloud computing will increase by 10 percent or more over the next 12 months.

“As use of the cloud expands, the demand for IT workers with cloud computing knowledge grows as well,” Terry Erdle, executive vice president, skills certification, CompTIA, said. “CompTIA Cloud Essentials is designed to bolster the cloud computing credentials of the IT workforce.”

According to the job listing aggregator Indeed, in early December there were some 10,000-plus job openings that specifically mentioned cloud computing.

“There are many more jobs that may not specifically mention cloud computing, but are directly tied to the cloud,” Erdle noted. “These include jobs in a data center, which is the back end for anything involving cloud computing. Database management, network management, systems administration and integration and many other IT positions also have a cloud component. Individuals in these job roles and scores of others are candidates for CompTIA Cloud Essentials.”

Content of the CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam is based on consultation and insights from leading subject matter experts and organizations in the cloud computing market, including Amazon, Cisco, Citrix, EMC, Google, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Rackspace and VMware.

Areas covered in the exam include:

  • Configuration of networks, including archive, backup, and restoration technologies
  • Business continuity and storage administration
  • System integration and application workload
  • Basic troubleshooting and connectivity.

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