Cloud networking certs: Which is right for you?
AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud offer career-boosting certifications in cloud networking
By John Edwards, Contributing writer, Network World
Apu Shah, a partner at IT consulting firm 28Stone Consulting gives the edge to AWS. “Amazon single-handedly created the cloud industry and continues to be the leader in innovation with its offerings,” he says. “Both Azure and Google are worthy competitors and continue to gain market share, but there remains a very high demand for skilled AWS engineers.”
Regardless of the path selected, it’s important to remember that all professional or expert level certifications require a solid foundation based on several years of broad exposure to networking concepts. Don’t attempt these certifications without preparing for them, Shah says. “Make a plan, pace yourself, take sample exams, and use online course materials to fill in your knowledge gaps.”
It also pays to have realistic expectations. While certification can certainly strengthen resumes and advance careers, there’s no guarantee that a newly acquired certificate will quickly lead to an ideal job opportunity. “It may take longer than you anticipate,” Shah cautions.
Yet inaction is also a danger. “It’s natural to be intimidated by the amount of work required, but don’t make the biggest mistake of all – doing nothing,” he says.