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  • Writer's pictureGerard Salvador López

My experience getting certified in cloud providers

For the first post of the year, I thought it would be a good idea to share my experience with cloud certifications. In H2 2020 I got certified in:

  • IBM Cloud Infrastructure selling

  • AWS cloud practitioner

  • Azure cloud fundamentals

  • GCP associate cloud engineer

The exams are the entry-level certifications to their respective clouds services.

My key learnings:

There is a part of all the certifications that is common. You need to have a good understanding of each of them. They will all test you on:

  • What are the advantages of cloud compared to on-premise

  • What is a VPC and how do storage, networking, load balancers, auto-scaling work

  • Basic cloud security, account management, and basic DevOps concepts

They will differ in:

  • The names of their products (each provider has different names for the same functionality and some that are unique).

  • Their USPs (even if in these entry levels they are not pushing them too much)

  • The difficulty level: AWS-Azure-IBM is a much easier exam than GCP which is much more technical and requires more effort to pass it.

My advice:

It always depends on the technology that you will use in your company/product. But as a rule of thumb :

  • If you are not experienced in cloud technology and would like to learn more about it, I would advise you to start with the AWS certification. It is the easiest one, it really starts from the basics and there are a lot of free tutorials online to learn about it. Then I would continue with MSFT/IBM and then end up with GCP

  • Any of these certifications are technical (with the exception of GCP). So be careful if you are not too technical and you go for GCP.

  • These exams will not help you become a master on any specific cloud provider. They are really the first level (very useful for sales professionals or for engineers that are planning to get the next level in a near future)

My learning tools

I used the following programs to get certified. They were all very useful so they are my recommendation.

  • As a learning material for AWS, I used Ultimate AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate 2021 from Stephane Maarek (Udemy)

  • As a learning material for Azure, I used Microsoft Azure Fundamentals – AZ-900 (Linux Academy)

  • As a learning material for GCP, I used Google Associate Cloud Engineer: Get Certified 2020 from Dan Sullivan (Udemy)

  • As a learning material for IBM Cloud, I used IBM Cloud Foundation Skills Series from James Belton (Youtube)

I wish you all the lucks with it and let me know if you need any advice. Happy to help.

Have a great beginning of the year, Gerard

PD: Link to my LinkedIn post HERE

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