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looking for technology-agnostic training, this is a good place to start. I recommend it for cloud developers and administrators who are just getting started on their cloud computing journey, and who want to cover the basics to move beyond their specific technology skills. MCSE: Private Cloud: This is Windows Server- and System Center-focused certification that is open only to people who already have a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification. If Microsoft technology (including Azure) is in your career path, this is a good place to start. it is interesting to note that this is the only cloud-labeled certification from Microsoft. MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect / Solutions Developer: When you receive Azure certification, and become a Microsoft Azure Specialist, you’ll gain professional recognition for your expertise covering the full breadth of architecting, developing, and administering Azure solutions. Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions - 70-532 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions - 70-533 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions - 70-534 * By passing all these exams you will earn the MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect certification ** By passing one of these exams you will earn a Microsoft Specialist certification. *** This MCSD certification requires you to show continued ability to perform in your chosen solution area by completing a recertification exam every two years. Google Cloud Platform Developer Credential: Google recently replaced their certifications with Credentials. The previous Google Certified Developer Certification required the candidate to take and pass 5 distinct exams. This made it much harder to achieve the certification, but it covered more material. The new Google Cloud Platform Developer Credential requires the candidate to pass one exam out of three focus areas. The exams include: Google Cloud Platform Qualified Solutions Developer, Google Cloud Platform Qualified Data Analyst and Google Cloud Platform Qualified Systems Operations Professional. Each exam is 90 minutes. Training resources for cloud You don’t need classroom training or a boot camp to train for these certifications: All of the learning materials you need for these certifications are available online. Two of the most popular online-only course providers include: Cloud Academy: This online-only learning site offers both AWS and non AWS-oriented online training. This includes training for all of the AWS certifications outlined above, as well as basic cloud courses on subjects ranging from Docker, to OpenStack, to DevOps. Cloud Academy is a good resource both for cloud basics and technology-specific learning. Lynda.com: This popular courseware site provides FALL 2016 | THE DOPPLER | 13