A Certified Cloud Technology Professional has demonstrated proficiency in the concepts, IT resources, and implementation mechanisms used to assemble and evolve cloud platforms via common utilization models, such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
An understanding of fundamental cloud computing concepts and terminology are second nature to the Cloud Technology Professional, as well as the advantages, disadvantages, and general implications of using and combining common cloud computing mechanisms and cloud security mechanisms.
Furthermore, the Cloud Technology Professional must possess the ability to associate cloud computing mechanisms to the realization of specific characteristics, benefits, and goals assigned to cloud environments and cloud-based solutions. In addition, the Cloud Technology Professional needs to be able to identify the common threats and challenges to cloud services and supporting IT resources, in order to leverage cloud security mechanisms and when necessary, moderate the use of cloud computing mechanisms.
To achieve this certification, the following exams must be completed with a passing grade:
- Exam C90.01: Fundamental Cloud Computing
- Exam C90.02: Cloud Technology Concepts
- Exam C90.03: Cloud Technology Lab
Note that the Cloud Technology Professional designation is based on vendor-neutral coverage of cloud technologies, cloud computing technology considerations, and related topics. Although vendor-specific examples of some discussed technologies are provided, none of the required exams, nor the attainment of the certification, requires any knowledge or expertise in vendor-specific products. The purpose of this certification is to instill proven understanding and capabilities of common, foundational cloud computing technology concepts, mechanisms, and considerations. This knowledge establishes a sound foundation that can be further built upon with vendor-specific training and experience.
Candidates can expect to gain knowledge and competencies in the following areas upon successful completion of the education and examination related to this certification:
- Fundamental Cloud Computing Terminology and Concepts
- Basics of Virtualization
- Specific Characteristics that Define a Cloud
- Understanding Elasticity, Resiliency, On-Demand and Measured Usage
- Benefits, Challenges and Risks of Contemporary Cloud Computing Platforms and Cloud Services
- Cloud Resource Administrator and Cloud Service Owner Roles
- Cloud Service and Cloud Service Consumer Roles
- Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud Delivery Models
- Combining Cloud Delivery Models
- Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Community Cloud Deployment Models
- Business Cost Metrics and Formulas for Comparing and Calculating Cloud and On-Premise Solution Costs
- Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for Cloud-based IT Resources
- Formulas for Calculating and Rating SLA Quality of Service Characteristics
- Cloud Computing Mechanisms that Establish Architectural Building Blocks
- Virtual Servers, Ready-Made Environments, Failover Systems, and Pay-for-Use Monitors
- Cloud Balancing and Cloud Bursting Architectures
- Cloud Security Mechanisms Used to Counter Threats and Attacks
- Understanding Cloud-Based Security Groups and Hardened Virtual Server Images
- Cloud Service Implementation Mediums (including Web Services and REST Services)
- Cloud Storage Services, Technologies and Approaches
- Non-Relational (NoSQL) Storage Compared to Relational Storage
- Cloud Service Testing Considerations and Testing Types
This course explores a range of the most important and relevant technology-related topics that pertain to contemporary cloud computing platforms. The course content does not get into implementation or programming details, but instead keeps coverage at a conceptual level, focusing on topics that address cloud service architecture, cloud security threats and technologies, virtualization and data processing.