Microsoft Certified Solutions Associates - Cloud

Professional certifications demonstrate expertise in Microsoft cloud-related technologies to reduce IT costsand deliver more value for the modern, cloud-enabled business. In Microsoft Cloud environment we can highlight four, main paths for IT Professionals, Developers and Architects.

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Developers

Certified Microsoft Azure Developer is an expert in creating and managing Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines; designing and implementing a storage and data strategy; managing identity, applications, and network services; designing and implementing Azure PaaS compute and web and mobile services. Microsoft Certificate proper for this skill set is 70-532.

IT Professionals

Certified Microsoft Azure Implementation Specialist is an expert in designing and implementing Azure App Service apps; creating and managing Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines; designing and implementing a storage strategy; implementing an Azure Active Directory; implementing virtual networks; designing and deploying ARM templates.

Microsoft Certificate proper for this skill set is 70-533.

Architects

Certified Microsoft Azure Architect is an expert in designing Azure Resource Manager (ARM) networking; securing resources; designing an application storage and data access strategy; designing advanced applications; designing Azure Web and Mobile apps; designing a management, monitoring, and business continuity strategy; architecting an Azure Compute infrastructure.

Microsoft Certificate proper for this skill set is 70-534.

Linux Specialists

In December 2015 Microsoft announced the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure certification. This certification path was created in cooperation with the Linux Foundation – the non-profit organization that hosts the Linux project, employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds and hosts kernel.org (where all Linux kernel updates are released).

The Linux on Azure certification will be awarded to individuals who pass both the Microsoft Exam 70-533 (Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions) and the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) exam.

Those two exams covers Linux administration and Microsoft Azure implementation competencies and combined are demonstrating the holder’s ability to design, implement and maintain Linux-based solutions on Microsoft Azure platform.

Certified Linux on Azure Specialist is an expert in designing and implementing Azure App Service apps; creating and managing Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines; designing and implementing a storage strategy; implementing an Azure Active Directory; implementing virtual networks; designing and deploying ARM templates.

Some may be surprised about Microsoft’s steps toward Open Source technologies and communities but they should not. Nowadays Open Source (and mainly Linux) is a most-adopted branch of IT. Speaking about Microsoft Azure, biggest cloud platform in the world, almost 40% of all VM’s are running Linux. So, it should not be surprising that Microsoft is cooperating with Linux Foundation to bring complex certification solution for those professionals who works with Linux environments on Azure platform.

 

Another great opportunity to grow up your knowledge about Azure is a new Microsoft Learning program called a Massively Open Online Course, or MOOC. This new program was announced on 5 December 2016. MOOCs provide a free, flexible learning option delivered via the Azure cloud and are available to anyone.  All you need is a device with access to the Internet and you can get started.  MOOCs enhance learning outcomes by using technology to create more engaging learning experiences.

There are three offers related to MOOC:

  • Free (access to the learning materials),
  • Paid $99 (the same as a Free offer plus single exam voucher, retake, and practice test),
  • Paid $279 (the same as a $99 option but with three exam vouchers).
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