The CompTIA Cloud Essentials specialty certification demonstrates an individual knows what cloud computing means from a business and technical perspective, as well as what is involved in moving to and governing the cloud.
CompTIA Cloud Essentials Exam
The CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam covers characteristics of cloud services from a business perspective, business value of cloud computing, technical perspective/cloud types, steps to successful adoption, impact and changes on IT service management, and the risks and consequences.
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
Demand for IT Workers
According to Terry Erdle, executive vice president, skills certification, CompTIA, as use of the cloud expands, the demand for IT workers with cloud computing knowledge grows as well. There are many more jobs that may not specifically mention cloud computing, but are directly tied to the cloud. 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.
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