Certifications related to cloud computing

 

Cloud U

What it’s all about: Delivered by cloud provider Rackspace, Cloud U is a vendor-neutral curriculum designed for IT professionals and business leaders that covers and certifies knowledge of the fundamentals of Cloud Computing. CloudU content is available to any professional at any time, but if you want a formal recognition of your knowledge about Cloud Computing, you should complete the courses and requirements for a certificate.

How to prepare: Study each Cloud U lesson whitepaper, and then successfully complete each of 10 Cloud U quizzes based on the whitepaper’s content. Successfully complete a 50-question final exam drawn from materials covered in the ten Cloud U lessons.

http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/cloudu/

 

 

CompTIA Cloud Essentials

What it’s all about: According to CompTIA, the Cloud Essentials Certification covers the basic fundamentals of cloud computing and shows that individuals understand cloud computing from both a business and a technical perspective. In addition, the certification covers migration to the cloud and governance of cloud computing environments.

How to prepare: CompTIA offers study and training materials, and, while it’s not required, CompTIA recommends that individuals taking the exam have at least six months experience working in an IT services environment.

http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications/cloud.aspx

 

 

 Cloud Security Alliance Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)

What it’s all about: This is the mother of all cloud computing security certifications. The Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge certification is vendor-neutral and certifies competency in key cloud security areas. The test is based on the Cloud Security Alliance Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing V3, English language version, and the ENISA report “Cloud Computing: Benefits, Risks and Recommendations for Information Security.”

How to prepare: The best way to prepare is to study the CSA Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing v3, and the ENISA report “Cloud Computing: Benefits, Risks, and Recommendations for Information Security.”

CSA Guidance

ENISA

 

CloudSchool.com Certified Cloud Technology Professional

What it’s all about: CloudSchool.com offers a number of vendor-neutral cloud certifications, each based on a one-day course module and aimed at competency in specific areas of cloud computing. There are certificates for cloud architects, cloud technology professionals, cloud governance and cloud security, among others.

How to prepare: Cloud School offers self-study kits as well as on-site and remote workshops, study sessions and instructor-led workshops to help prepare applicants for the exams.

http://cloudschool.com/certifications

 

 

AWS Certified Solutions Architect

What it’s all about: Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certifications recognize IT professionals that possess the skills and technical knowledge necessary for designing, deploying, and operating applications and infrastructure on AWS. There are three associate level and two professional level certifications currently offered.

How to prepare: Amazon offers study materials, practice exams and introductory, advanced and specialized courses and training on its website.

http://aws.amazon.com/certification/

 

Arcitura Education Cloud Certified Professional

What it’s all about: The Cloud Certified Professional program from the Arcitura Cloud School is focused on general cloud computing technology, architecture, security, governance and capacity. Founded by best-selling author Thomas Erl, this curriculum enables IT professionals to develop real-world cloud computing proficiency. There are eight cloud computing specialties available.

How to prepare: Arcitura Education offers on-site training, public workshops and self-study materials through its website. Each certification exam also has a corresponding one-day course module.

http://www.arcitura.com

 

 

Cloud Credential Council

What it’s all about: The Cloud Credential Council (CCC) is an international body that drives standards training and certification for cloud computing pros. The CCC is independent and vendor-neutral, and members come from the public sector and academic institutions, cloud providers, cloud consumers, cloud brokers, professional associations and international certification bodies from across the world. The certifications are geared toward cloud consumers, cloud vendors or cloud solutions, and service providers that want to improve their skills in defining, choosing, building, operating and managing cloud services. Currently, CCC offers two associate level and five professional level cloud certifications.

How to prepare: The Cloud Credential Council offers courses and preparation material on its website.

http://www.cloudcredential.org/

 

Cloud Genius

What it’s all about: Cloud Genius certification offers certificates on cloud technologies, cloud/DevOps automation and cloud architecture and design. The program is heavily focused on hands-on experiential learning. The coursework requires twice-weekly on-campus attendance, as well as team collaboration on real-life projects. The program also offers a solid foundation in cloud technologies, modern DevOps practices and some basic programming in Ruby and Chef.

How to prepare: Each certificate requires, at minimum, 24 classroom hours (three hours, twice a week for four weeks). In addition, the program directors suggest devoting additional time to view video lectures, working on group projects and practicing materials you’ve learned.

http://be.a.cloudgeni.us/

 

 

Cloud Institute

What it’s all about: The Cloud Institute Certification program is based on the findings and recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, which is geared toward greater and faster cloud adoption in government and public service verticals. The program also includes a focus on security and privacy challenges. There are currently two online certification programs, Certified Cloud Architect and Certified Cloud Professional, and one open assessment available.

How to prepare: Cloud institute advises certification candidates to use the publications offered by the NIST as a basis for study, and to use the free Open Exam to identify areas where more work is needed. The Institute also recommends candidates have working experience in enterprise cloud technology, SOA design or development, cloud-related services and application, and/or storage-centric services.

http://cloud-institute.org/

 

 

Exin Cloud Computing Foundation

What it’s all about: Exin offers two certification levels, Cloud Computing Foundation and Cloud Technologies Advanced. The programs cover main cloud computing concepts as well as what’s involved in planning, procurement and management. The certification is geared toward DevOps professionals responsible for making the business case for cloud solutions, evaluating vendors and systems, and then integrating them with legacy technologies.

How to prepare: Exin offers exam preparation guides and sample exams as well as eBooks covering these concepts. These materials are available on its Web site.

https://www.exin.com/US/en/certifications/

 

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VCP-NV VMware Certified Professional Network Virtualization – Blueprint

 

VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization (VCP-NV)

is ready for scheduling at PearsonVue (VCPN610)

Request Exam Authorization  Download the Exam Blueprint

Request for Authorization (mylearn): http://mylearn.vmware.com/quiz.cfm?item=58796

Blue Print: https://mylearn.vmware.com/lcms/web/portals/certification/VCP_Blueprints/VCP-NV-Exam-Blueprint-v1_0.pdf

Practice Exam : http://mylearn.vmware.com/quiz.cfm?item=57466

 

Choose one of the paths below to earn your VCP-NV Certification

Path 1: Just starting with Network Virtualization Technologies.

1 Completion of the following course is REQUIRED:
VMware NSX: Install, Configure Manage Classroom
Live Online
View Schedule
2 Pass the following exam and get certified
VMware Certified Professional — Network Virtualization (VCP-NV) Exam Request VCPN610 Exam Authorization

Path 2: Already VCP Certified.

1Required Prerequisite: Any valid VCP certification. Completing one the courses below is RECOMMENDED, but not required
VMware NSX: Install, Configure Manage Classroom
Live Online
View Schedule
VMware NSX Technical Overview with Labs Lab Connect Purchase
2 Pass the following exam and get certified
VMware Certified Professional — Network Virtualization (VCP-NV) Exam Request VCPN610 Exam Authorization

Path 3: Valid CCNA or CCNP certification. Note: This path is only available until February 28, 2015

1 Completing one the courses below is RECOMMENDED, but not required.
VMware NSX: Install, Configure Manage Classroom
Live Online
View Schedule
VMware NSX Technical Overview with Labs Lab Connect Purchase
2 Pass the following exam and get certified:
VMware Certified Professional — Network Virtualization (VCP-NV) Exam Request VCPN610 Exam Authorization

 

Useful Resources :

 

Free NSX training (3 Hours) from VMware.

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/courses.cfm?ui=www_edu&a=det&id_course=206506

 

LABs:

HOL-SDC-1303 – VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform

HOL-SDC-1319 – VMware NSX for Multi-Hypervisor Environments

Docs

I have downloaded all the required documentation  for easy access – Download Here.

 

NSX_material

Blueprint Overview.

Section 1 – Define VMware NSX Technology and Architecture

Objective 1.1 – Describe the Benefits of a VMware NSX Implementation

Objective 1.2 – Describe VMware NSX Architecture

Objective 1.3 – Differentiate VMware Network and Security Technologies

Objective 1.4 – Contrast Physical and Virtual Network Technologies

Objective 1.5 –Explain VMware NSX Integration with Third-Party Products and Services

 

Section 2 – Plan and Configure vSphere Networking

Objective 2.1 – Define Benefits of Running VMware NSX on Physical Network Fabrics

Objective 2.2 – Describe Physical Infrastructure Requirements for a VMware NSX Implementation

 

Section 3 – Configure and Manage vSphere Networking

Objective 3.1 – Configure and Manage vSphere Standard Switches (vSS)

Objective 3.2 – Configure and Manage vSphere Distributed Switches (vDS)

Objective 3.3 – Configure and Manage vSS and vDS Policies

 

Section 4 – Install and Upgrade VMware NSX

 

Objective 4.1 – Configure Environment for Network Virtualization

Objective 4.2 – Deploy VMware NSX Components

Objective 4.3 – Upgrade Existing vCNS/NSX Implementation

Objective 4.4 – Expand Transport Zone to Include New Cluster(s)

 

Section 5 – Configure VMware NSX Virtual Networks

Objective 5.1 – Create and Administer Logical Switches

Objective 5.2 – Configure VXLAN

Objective 5.3 – Configure and

Objective 5.4 – Configure and Manage Logical Routers

Manage Layer 2 Bridging

 

Section 6 – Configure and Manage NSX Network Services

Objective 6.1 – Configure and Manage Logical Load Balancing

Objective 6.2 – Configure and Manage Logical Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

Objective 6.3 – Configure and Manage DHCP/DNS/NAT

Objective 6.4 – Configure and Manage Edge Services High Availability

 

Section 7 – Configure and Administer Network Security

Objective 7.1 – Configure and Administer Logical Firewall Services

Objective 7.2 – Configure Distributed Firewall Services

Objective 7.3 – Configure and Manage Service Composer

 

Section 8 – Perform Operations Tasks in a VMware NSX Environment

Objective 8.1 – Configure Roles, Permissions, and Scopes

Objective 8.2 – Describe NSX Automation

Objective 8.3 – Monitor a VMware NSX Implementatio

Objective 8.4 – Perform Auditing and Compliance

Objective 8.5 – Administer Logging

Objective 8.6 – Backup and Recover Configurations

 

Section 9 – Troubleshoot a VMware Network Virtualization Implementation

Objective 9.1 – Identify Tools Available for Troubleshooting

Objective 9.2 – Troubleshoot Common NSX Installation/Configuration Issues

Objective 9.3 – Troubleshoot Common NSX Component Issues

Objective 9.4 – Troubleshoot Common Connectivity Issues

Objective 9.5 – Troubleshoot Common vSphere Networking Issues

 

VCAP-CIA Study Material and Blue Print

I am very excited that I passed VCAP-CIA, I would like to share the complete study material for VCAP-CIA aspirants.

Before prepartion, I strongly recommend to go through all vCloud Director Free Courses:

Summary of the VCAP-CIA Blue Print.

Section 1 – Configure and Maintain vCloud Director
Objective 1.1 – Configure centralized logging
Objective 1.2 – Configure vCloud Director for scalability
Objective 1.3 – Maintain vCloud using command line tools
Objective 1.4 – Configure Alarms and Notifications
Objective 1.5 – Manage vCenter Chargeback reports

Section 2 – Manage vSphere Resources

Objective 2.1 – Add vSphere compute resources to vCloud Director
Objective 2.2 – Manage vSphere storage resources
Objective 2.3 – Manage vSphere network resources

Section 3 – Manage vCloud Director Resources
Objective 3.1 – Manage Provider VDCs
Objective 3.2 – Manage vCloud Director network resources
Objective 3.3 – Manage Organization VDCs
Objective 3.4 – Manage an Organization

Section 4 – Manage Complex vCloud Director Networks
Objective 4.1 – Configure Organization and vApp network services
Objective 4.2 – Create and maintain cloud networks

Section 5 – Manage Security
Objective 5.1 – Manage vCloud Director SSL Certificates
Objective 5.2 – Configure and manage vCD access control

Section 6 – Manage catalogs and vApps
Objective 6.1 – Share vApps and catalogs
Objective 6.2 – Create and deploy vApps
Objective 6.3 – Create and configure catalogs
Objective 6.4 – Manage vApp storage settings




Section 1 – Configure and Maintain vCloud Director

Objective 1.1 – Configure centralized logging

Skills and Abilities
• Determine use cases for and configure local and syslog options for vCloud Director
• Configure Log4j options for vCloud Director
• Configure and administer logging options for VMware vShield™ Manager
Tools
• vCloud Director Installation and Upgrade Guide
• vShield Administration Guide
• Apache Log4j Documentation
• vShield Manager Web Console
• vCloud Director Web Console
• vCloud Director command shell

Objective 1.2 – Configure vCloud Director for scalability

Knowledge
• Identify vCloud Director installation methods
• Identify vCloud Director installation options
Skills and Abilities
• Generate vCloud Director response files
Page no#28
(This is given for vCD 1.5 ad it is applicable for 5.1 as well)
• Add vCloud cells to an existing installation using response files
Page no#29
• Set up vCloud Director transfer storage space
Configure vCloud Director load balancing
Tools
• vCloud Director Installation and Upgrade Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 1.3 – Maintain vCloud using command line tools

Skills and Abilities
• Manage and maintain vCloud Director cells using the cell management tool
• Install and manage a vCloud Director installation using the configure script
• Manage vCloud services using Red Hat command line tools including service, chkconfig and netstat
• Collect logs for troubleshooting using the support script
Tools
• vCloud Director Installation and Upgrade Guide
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Deployment Guide
• vCloud Director command shell
• vCloud Director command line tools
o cell-management-tool
o configure
o vmware-vcd-multi-cell-log-collector
o vmware-vcd-support
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux command line
o service
o chkconfig
o netstat

Objective 1.4 – Configure Alarms and Notifications

Skills and Abilities
• Configure SMTP and notification settings
• Configure warning alerts
Create System maintenance message
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 1.5 – Manage vCenter Chargeback reports

Skills and Abilities
• Generate and archive basic reports
Tools
• vCloud Director Installation and Upgrade Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Section 2 – Manage vSphere Resources

Objective 2.1 – Add vSphere compute resources to vCloud Director

Skills and Abilities:
• Add new vCenter servers to vCloud Director
• Prepare/unprepared hosts in vCloud Director
• Add ESXi hosts to vCenter
• Manage ESXi hosts and DRS resource pools in vCenter
Tools
• vCloud Director Installation and Upgrade Guide
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCenter Server and Host Management guide
• vSphere Availability guide
• vSphere Resource Management guide
• vCloud Director Web Console
• vSphere Client / Web Client

Objective 2.2 – Manage vSphere storage resources

           Knowledge
• Identify components, characteristics and features of vSphere storage
Skills and Abilities
• Decommission storage
• Create and manage storage profiles
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCenter Server and Host Management guide
• vSphere Storage Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console
• vSphere Client / Web Client

Objective 2.3 – Manage vSphere network resources

Knowledge
• Identify vSphere networking components
Skills and Abilities
• Create and manage vSphere port groups
• Configure vSphere network options including MTU and VLAN
• Prepare vSphere cluster for VXLAN
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCenter Server and Host Management guide
• vSphere Network Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console
• vSphere Client / Web Client
• vSphere Client / Web Client

 Section 3 – Manage vCloud Director Resources

Objective 3.1 – Manage Provider VDCs

Knowledge
• Identify Provider VDC options
Skills and Abilities
• Create and Provider VDCs
• Merge or Expand Provider VDCs
• Manage Provider VDC options
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 3.2 – Manage vCloud Director network resources

Knowledge
• Identify vCloud Director network pool types
Skills and Abilities
• Create and manage network pools
• Create Provider external networks
• Manage and remove network resources
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 3.3 – Manage Organization VDCs

Knowledge
• Identify org VDC types
• Identify org VDC options
• Identify org VDC network options
Skills and Abilities
• Configure storage tiers
• Create, manage and delete org VDCs
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 3.4 – Manage an Organization

Knowledge
• Identify Organization options and their uses
Skills and Abilities
• Create and manage Organizations
• Manage Organization policies and settings
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Section 4 – Manage Complex vCloud Director Networks

Objective 4.1 – Configure Organization and vApp network services

Skills and Abilities
• Configure DHCP and DNS relay
• Configure and maintain Virtual Private Networks
• Configure and maintain firewall rules including source and destination NAT
• Configure and maintain static routes
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 4.2 – Create and maintain cloud networks

Skills and Abilities
• Configure and maintain direct and routed internal, external and vApp networks
External Direct
External Routed
Internal Only
• Configure Edge Gateways for availability and scalability
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Section 5 – Manage Security

Objective 5.1 – Manage vCloud Director SSL Certificates

Skills and Abilities
• Create and process certificate requests
• Replace default certificates
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console
• vCloud Director command shell

Objective 5.2 – Configure and manage vCD access control

Skills and Abilities
Configure LDAP (Active Directory and Open LDAP)
•Import users and groups from a LDAP source
• Create and assign roles
• Configure Organization LDAP using a unique DN
• Configure and maintain VMware Single Sign-On for vCloud Suite products
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console
• vShield Manager Web Console

Section 6 – Manage catalogs and vApps

Objective 6.1 – Share vApps and catalogs

Skills and Abilities
• Manage catalog sharing and access levels
• Manage vApp sharing and access levels
• Manage Catalog and vApp ownership
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 6.2 – Create and deploy vApps

Skills and Abilities
• Customize vApps
• Manage guest customization including SYSPREP utilities
• Create and deploy vApps
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 6.3 – Create and configure catalogs

Skills and Abilities
• Create and share catalogs
• Import vSphere virtual machines and templates in to a catalog
• Import media into a catalog
• Manage vApps and media in a catalog
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 6.4 – Manage vApp storage settings

Knowledge
• Create and share catalogs
Skills and Abilities
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console
Test
This post first appeared on the Virtualization Express blog at virtualizationexpress.com, by Karthic Kumar +.
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VCAP-CIA Released

 What is VCAP-CIA?
VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure Administration.
 
–  Advanced Level Certification for vCloud Director.
–  This Certification is similar to VCAP-DCA,It is  a Live LAB Exam consists
    of 28-30 Questions / tasks.
–  It evaluates candidate knowledge on.
         –  vCloud director Administration.
         –  Installation.
–   Configuration.
–  Ability to manage complex Private, Public and Hybrid clouds.
–  Ability to manage complex vCloud networks.
 

VCAP-CIA Resources: 

Requirement:

 VCP-DCV 5 (VMware Certified professional – Data Center Virtualization).
 
Or 
 
VCP-Cloud (VCPVCD510)
 
 

Preparing for VCAP-CIA:

 

–  Deploy Home VCD lab.
–  Explore all available options in VCD. (Do not leave any options).
–  LAB performance may be sluggish so prepare yourself well ,know what you are doing and Complete the task in one go.
–  Read the complete vCloud director Documentation
www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vcd_pubs.html
–  Go through the Blue-Print.

How to manage time in the VCAP exams?

when I was attending VCAP-DCA I stuck on a task for 1 hour without realizing (In VCAP exams time flies like a jet) , so this time  I have followed below steps in order to track and manage time.
 
–  Once I entered into the Exam Venue, I got one Erasable PAD and Pen

–  In the pad, I wrote the Numbers 1 to 28 (No of questions).
–  You can observe time counter on Top Right side.
–  So I wrote 1 with Start time say 230 Min  – 1) Start -230
–  Started doing the task and at the end I wrote in the pad with end time and a tickmark.
–  ” 1)  Start 230 Min – end 221 Min – Tick ” .
–  This step will identify how long you take to complete one question / task and will help you in managing other questions.
        
Sample Question:

 

 Create a vAPP with following properties

  –  2 VMs inside VAPP
  –  Name first VM – InternalVM
  –  Name Second VM – ExternalVM
  –  Configure InternalVM with only Internal Network Connectivity.
   – Configure ExternalVM with both Internal Only Org Network and External NAT routed      Network.