Cloud essentials/foundations training and certification

27 Sep

Cloud computing is getting increasingly important nowadays and I expect it to keep on growing substantially. As most ICT professionals I’ve read a lot about cloud computing and I know some parts of it. To increase (and test) my knowledge about cloud computing, I decided to try and get these certifications:

These exams don’t just focus on the technical aspects of the cloud, but also on the business aspects and what cloud computing could mean for your ITIL processes.

I passed both exams todat with scores of respectively 86% and 80%. But I have to say that I did not like the exams very much. I feel this way because cloud computing is such a broad concept and the “best” solution often depends on many factors, which of course are not provided in the exam. I think these exams would both benefit greatly from using cases/scenarios. It’s a pity I did not see any option to comment on the exam questions either.

If I’d have to choose which certification I found most valueable, I’d go with the Comptia Cloud Essentials certification.

Free study materials I used:

I thought the quality of these study materials were mediocre at best and I have my doubts about the correctness of some of the statements. Especially because cloud computing is defined in many different ways and because the “best” answer often depends on the situation which is not described. But as with everything, you can learn a lot from it by being critical and looking up everything you don’t know YET and/or have doubts about. You will learn more this way, which is far more important than just getting certified. I personally learned a lot especially about specific cloud services. Unfortunately I did not have access to paid materials, otherwise I would have loved to check out the Train Signal CompTIA Cloud Essentials training videos seeing as they have a reputation to provide high quality material.

I will now close with some wise words I read on Seth Godin’s blog post called “Curiosity was framed“:

Curiosity was framed

  • Avoid it at your peril. The cat’s not even sick. (HT to C. J. Cherryh)
  • If you don’t know how it works, find out.
  • If you’re not sure if it will work, try it.
  • If it doesn’t make sense, play with it until it does.
  • If it’s not broken, break it.
  • If it might not be true, find out.
  • And most of all, if someone says it is none of your business, prove them wrong.

There are many more great posts on Seth Godin’s blog so be sure to check it out.


Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Cloud, ICT, Learning, Private cloud, Public Cloud, Security


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11 responses to “Cloud essentials/foundations training and certification

  1. Gurbir Singh

    September 29, 2012 at 13:39

    Interesting. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. I did a similar paper on the value and best method for gaining the Cloud Computing Alliance’s (CSA) Cloud Computing Security Knowledge (CCSK).


    • Bjorn Houben

      September 29, 2012 at 13:48

      Thanks for your contribution. I’ll be sure to check it out.


  2. CJ

    October 1, 2012 at 09:04

    Hi Bjorn – Thanks for the write-up about these two Cloud certifications, much appreciated. Could you explain why you favor the CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam? I work for ITpreneurs and we partnered with CompTIA on the CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam so I’m very interested to better understand your feedback.
    In regards to training materials, we were the first company to have developed training materials to prepare for the exam – and I’d like to hear what you think A demo can be found here: but I’d be more than happy to provide a full license so you can try it out. Let me know.


    • Bjorn Houben

      October 1, 2012 at 09:38

      I favor the “CompTIA Cloud Essentials” track over the “Exin Cloud Computing Foundation” track because in my opinion it expects/requires more advanced knowledge from the student.


  3. Pranathy

    December 16, 2012 at 21:48

    thank you for sharing the links and about the exam. the materials were very useful. thanks again.



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