An update regarding Microsoft Certification Paths 2017;

This is what has been published:

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Interesting ones:

MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification validates that you have the skills needed to run a highly efficient and modern data center, with expertise in cloud technologies, identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking.

Earning an MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification qualifies you for such jobs as cloud administrator, cloud architect, computer support specialist, and information security analyst.

This MCSE certification does not expire or require recertification. However, each calendar year, you have the opportunity to earn the certification and to receive an additional entry on your transcript. You do this by passing a unique exam from the list of electives, which demonstrates your continued investment to broaden or deepen your skills in a specific technology area.

MCSE: Productivity

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Productivity certification validates that you have the skills needed to move your company to the cloud, increase user productivity and flexibility, reduce data loss, and improve data security for your organization.

Earning an MCSE: Productivity certification qualifies you for a position in network and computer systems administration.

This MCSE certification does not expire or require recertification. However, each calendar year, you have the opportunity to earn the certification and to receive an additional entry on your transcript. You do this by passing a unique exam from the list of electives, which demonstrates your continued investment to broaden or deepen your skills in a specific technology area.

MCSE: Mobility

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Mobility certification validates that you have the skills needed to manage devices in today’s bring-your-own-device (BYOD) enterprise. It qualifies you for a career path which can range from traditional desktop support technician to enterprise management of BYOD devices and apps.

This MCSE certification does not expire or require recertification. However, each calendar year, you have the opportunity to earn the certification and to receive an additional entry on your transcript. You do this by passing a unique exam from the list of electives, which demonstrates your continued investment to broaden or deepen your skills in a specific technology area.

MCSE: Data Management and Analytics

Demonstrate your broad skill sets in SQL administration, building enterprise-scale data solutions, and leveraging business intelligence data—both on-premises and in cloud environments.

Earning an MCSE: Data Management and Analytics certification qualifies you for such jobs as database analyst, database designer, and business intelligence analyst.

This MCSE certification does not expire or require recertification. However, each calendar year, you have the opportunity to earn the certification and to receive an additional entry on your transcript. You do this by passing a unique exam from the list of electives, which demonstrates your continued investment to broaden or deepen your skills in a specific technology area.

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A new certification:  Nutanix Platform Professional Certification

The Nutanix Platform Professional (NPP) certification confirms your ability to install, configure, and manage the Nutanix environment. The Nutanix Administration course is recommended prior to taking the certification.

I passed the exam. It is an online exam with 50 questions and you need 40 rights to pass the exam. It has got 3 modules in the training. I also read a pdf document called nutanix bible which is really good. You definitely need to practice the web console as you will get many questions from this console.

Nutanix: Hyper-converged infrastructure essentially each box contains compute, storage and networking, it’s a self contained environment that scales with additional boxes.

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There are lots of cloud certifications available out there. Some of them are really popular. I had a look at the various vendor websites and found out some of them ( There are a few in progress at the time of writing this);

Microsoft

Microsoft Cloud CertificationMicrosoft is one of the biggest players on the certifications markets. 20 years after creating first certifications, Microsoft had developed first cloud certification.

 

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) Private Cloud
  • Microsoft Specialist certification in Office 365
  • Microsoft Certified Specialist Developing Microsoft Azure Solution
  • Microsoft Certified Specialist Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

 

 

Amazon AWS

Amazon AWSAmazon AWS has in the offer five certifications and works on new ones. At this moment you can pass exams on associate level for architects, developers and SysOps admins. Additionally there are two professional level cloud certifications.

 

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional Level
  • AWS Certified Developer – Associate Level
  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate Level
  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional

VMware

VMware CloudVMware is still number one player in the virtualization market, but also with vCloud Director, they move to the cloud world. VMware presents also new certifications for Cloud experts. Two of them will be available soon

 

  • VMware Certified Associate – Cloud (VCA-Cloud)
  • VMware Certified Professional – Cloud (VCP-Cloud)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure Design (VCAP-CID)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure Administration (VCAP-CIA)
  • VMware Certified Design Expert – Cloud (VCDX-Cloud)

 

 

 

HP

HPHP has developed several certification for cloud specialists. You must provide more end-to-end architectural skills with these cloud certifications. These certification programs are connected with software and hardware from HP, but you can also find there many topics from the cloud theory.

 

  • HP Master ASE – Data Center and Cloud Architect
  • HP Master ASE – Software for Cloud Management
  • HP ASE – Cloud Integrator
  • HP ASE – Data Center and Cloud Architect
  • HP ASE – Software for Cloud Management
  • HP ATP – Cloud Administrator
  • HP ATP – Data Center and Cloud
  • HP ATA – Cloud
  • HP Master ASE – Data Center and Cloud Architect
  • HP ASE – Data Center and Cloud Architect
  • HP ATP – Data Center and Cloud
  • HP Master ASE – Software for Cloud Management
  • HP ASE – Software for Cloud Management
  • HP ATP – Cloud Service Automation
  • HP Master ASE – Data Center and Cloud Architect
  • HP ASE – Data Center and Cloud Architect
  • HP ATP – Data Center and Cloud
  • HP Technical Certified II – Software for Cloud Automation in SME
  • HP Technical Certified I – Implementing SaaS Solutions

 

IBM

IBMIBM has three certification for people who want to demonstrate their knowledge with the Cloud Computing infrastructure solutions.
One certification is focused on Tivoli systems, two on architectural concepts.

  • IBM Certified Solution Advisor – Cloud Computing Architecture
  • IBM Certified Solution Architect – Cloud Computing Infrastructure

 

Oracle

OracleIn the Oracle portfolio you can find several new certification for Cloud specialists. The most important are OCP Database Cloud Administrator and OCM Database Cloud Administrator.

 

  • Oracle Certified Master, Database Cloud Administrator
  • Oracle Certified Professional, Database Cloud Administrator
  • Oracle Cloud Application Foundation Certified Implementation Specialist
  • Exalogic Elastic Cloud X2-2 Certified Implementation Specialist
  • Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2014 Certified Implementation Specialist

 

Red Hat

Red Hat CertificationRed Hat is one of the biggest company involved in Linux and Cloud Solutions (Open Stack). Their certification program is mindblowing. Highly recommended.

 

  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Hybrid Cloud Storage
  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator in Red Hat OpenStack
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Platform-as-a-Service

 

 

EXIN

EXINEXIN has two cloud certifications in the portfolio. First cloud certification is suited for a management level, but also engineers find this valuable. The EXIN certification was built by specialists from 4 companies. It’s a very good start for people who are not familiar with Cloud technologies. You can receive second certification after passing three exams.

 

  • EXIN Cloud Computing Foundation
  • EXIN Cloud Technologies Advanced

 

 

EMC

EMCEMC has in the portfolio three cloud certifications. One for people who start with cloud topics with EMC solutions and two for Architects (the highest level).

  • EMC Cloud Infrastructure and Services (EMCCIS)
  • EMC Cloud Architect Virtualized Infrastructure
  • EMC Cloud Architect IT-as-a-Service