Amazon Web Services, or AWS, is a subsidiary of Amazon. Since early 2006, Amazon Web Services offer more than 100’s of products to companies of all sizes with an infrastructure platform in the cloud. AWS offers several services for compute, storage and networking, with the two most prominent being Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). The company also provides database and analytics services, applications, developer tools and much more.
Comcast, Dow Jones, Expedia, Kellogg’s and Netflix are just a few companies that rely on AWS to make their businesses run. With the public cloud market expected to reach $236 billion by 2020, AWS is positioned to retain a significant lead over its closest competitors – namely, Google, Microsoft and IBM.
While the boom of cloud computing makes traditional IT infrastructure jobs absolute, many professionals sees the cloud technology as an opportunity to grow their career in a right direction. However, those attempting to migrate to cloud computing careers must take specific paths and understand certain cloud computing technologies are valued more than others.
AWS offers three associate-level and two professional-level certifications falling into three categories:
Architecting: These certifications recognize professionals who design and deploy distributed systems on the AWS platform. Candidates can start with the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate and move up to the Professional cert.
Developing: These certifications identify people who develop and maintain applications on AWS. The entry-level certification is the AWS Certified Developer – Associate, followed by the AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional.
Operations: To support architecture and development, the AWS platform must be managed and optimized. The associate-level Operations certification aims at system operators (SysOps). Because SysOps and DevOps are so tightly bound, this category includes the AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional as the upper-level certification.
Each certification requires candidates to pass a single exam, with multiple-choice and multiple-answer questions. Associate-level exams take up to 80 minutes to complete and cost $150; professional-level exams are 170 minutes and cost $300. And each professional-level certification takes the related associate certification as a prerequisite.
To ensure that professionals keep their skills sharp and up to date, AWS requires credential holders to recertify every two years. Re-certification exams at both the associate and professional levels take up to 80 minutes to complete and cost $75.
The rapid Industry adoption of the cloud computing generates considerable AWS career opportunities –as long as candidates have the requisite skills and knowledge. If you have expertise in AWS, “you can basically stay ahead of others in IT industry right now”.