New Cloud Computing Credential Announced

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Downers Grove, Ill., and Rotterdam, Netherlands — Nov. 28

CompTIA — a provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications for the global IT workforce — and ITpreneurs — a provider of competence development products for IT best practices — announced they are collaborating on a new cloud computing skills credential.

The CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam , scheduled for availability in December, will validate knowledge and understanding of cloud computing principles and concepts, including what cloud computing means from a business and technical perspective and what’s involved in moving to and governing the cloud.

“The value and benefits of cloud computing are quickly becoming apparent to organizations of every shape and size, from the largest enterprise to the smallest business,” said Terry Erdle, executive vice president, skills development, CompTIA. “But there is no one-size-fits-all blueprint for moving to the cloud. It requires thoughtful evaluation, comprehensive planning and technical savvy.”

“A principal understanding of cloud computing, and its related skill set, is essential for a well-managed implementation of any cloud project,” said Sukhbir Jasuja, chief executive officer, ITpreneurs. “This credential demonstrates IT professionals’ understanding of the key concepts, themes and issues around cloud computing, including definitions, organizational readiness, operating in the cloud and governance and security of the cloud model. It is also driving agreements around definitions of key concepts across major vendors, and encouraging the whole industry to cooperate with each other through the Cloud Credential Council as the preferred forum.”

Exam content is based on consultation and insights from subject matter experts and organizations in the cloud computing market, including Amazon, Cisco, Citrix, EMC, Google, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Rackspace and VMware.

Potential candidates for the new credential include IT professionals in companies utilizing cloud computing today or contemplating doing so as well as individuals involved in selling cloud services. Though not required, it’s recommended that candidates for the exam have a working knowledge of how an internal or external IT organization operates and have at least six months of experience in an IT environment with direct involvement in IT-related tasks, responsibilities and decision making.

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