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Microsoft Seeds Cloud Certs

How do you know, or prove, that you are an expert in a technology? For some, certifications do the trick. Let's face it: If you passed a test, you have to know something.

That is the theory behind Microsoft's new cloud certs.

Microsoft is taking a two-pronged approach. First, it is adding cloud issues to many of its existing certifications, and also plans to add an array of cloud-specific certification training programs in the next 12 months.

For training, Microsoft offers books (the cheapest method), as well as in-person training (the most expensive) and Internet-based courses (somewhere in the middle).

Most shouldn't jump right into a cloud course, Microsoft advises. There are many areas of cloud computing, each with an on-premise counterpart or antecedent. For instance, if you are interested in Infrastructure as a Service, Microsoft suggests getting your server and virtualization chops in order first.

Do certifications really matter? Let me know at dbarney@1105media.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 03/15/2011 at 12:47 PM


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