Amazon Launches Cloud Computing Certification Program





Recognizing the importance of cloud computing on its business, Amazon Web Services (a subsidiary of Amazon.com) announced on April 30 the launch of a new AWS Certification Program.  With the accelerating use of cloud computing worldwide, Amazon is looking to provide to organizations with candidates and consultants with demonstrated knowledge of AWS best practices.

On Tuesday, the company announced that “the new AWS Certification Program helps to fill [a] need to recognize IT professionals that possess the skills and technical knowledge necessary for building and maintaining applications and services on the AWS Cloud”.

To earn an AWS Certification, individuals must demonstrate their proficiency by passing an exam.  Candidates are expected to attend courses through AWS Training to help gain proficiency with AWS services.  It’s unclear what the associated costs will be to obtain the certification.  The exams will be administered through testing centers in more than 100 countries and 750 testing locations.





Later this year, Amazon plans to roll out similar certifications such as the Systems Operations (SysOps) Administrators and Developers.

“We have many mission critical programs running on the AWS Cloud across our various business groups at Samsung, so training with AWS has been a priority for the whole company for some time,” said Seok Kyun Choi, Head of Training Division at Samsung SDS, which provides IT infrastructure services for big corporate clients.

One major concern for businesses is security and data integrity of cloud-related hardware and communications protocol.  Vulnerabilities exist.  Worse, some IT departments may be unaware if and when company data or proprietary communication has been compromised.













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