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Essential Learning Resources for Developers and Admins David Linthicum Finding the cloud computing resources you need should be easy on the web. Unfortunately, there’s so much out there that it is difficult to find pearls of wisdom in an ocean of weak and inaccurate content. Or worse, you might start reading advertising masquerading as unbiased, authoritative material. it is not until you get into it that you realize you’ve been had. So how do you sort it all out? Whether you’re a private or hybrid cloud architect, administrator or developer, you need a practitioner’s shortlist list of authoritative resources, from blogs to books, conferences, certifications, and training programs. Here’s our curated list of top-shelf technical-oriented cloud resources, based on our experiences with cloud consulting practices. To keep it short and sweet, we’ve included resources for developers and administrators, while skipping the more general information that you can come across easily. Best certifications for cloud Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the 800-pound gorilla in the hybrid and public cloud space. The first and most critical certifications that translate directly into highly paid jobs are AWS credentials. That is, unless you’re working with Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform. Here are my recommendations. AWS Certified Solutions Architect: This is an AWS “professional” certification for people who are already 12 | THE DOPPLER | FALL 2016 up to speed on networking and the AWS cloud. It covers the basics of working from business needs to requirements, to an ultimate solution using the AWS public cloud. This certification provides an AWS-focused architectural path that will enable you to guide cloud migration projects. AWS Certified Developer: This certification shows that you know how to design, develop and implement cloud-based solutions using AWS. This works up from the developer angle of things, including how to programmatically leverage AWS cloud-native features. AWS Certified SysOps Administrator: This proves that you understand the provisioning of systems and services on AWS, including automated deployments, as well as best practices and monitoring metrics. AWS Certified DevOps Engineer: To achieve this you’ll need to learn how to provision, operate and manage distributed applications using AWS. The certification focuses on the DevOps end of things, including continuous delivery, continuous testing and continuous deployment. Also covered are security controls, governance, and compliance validation. On the ops side, it is about monitoring, metrics, and logging systems, as well as maintaining operational systems. CompTIA Cloud+: CompTIA’s Cloud+ certifies your in-depth understanding of cloud terminology and methods for adopting the cloud. If this sounds more basic than the AWS training, well, it is. But if you’re