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How to get involved in the Cloud Community

Posted 01 June 2021

Cloud computing is becoming a critical component of business and IT as many have shifted to remote work, and next-generation technologies have become a reality. Whether you’re supporting, administering, managing traditional infrastructure or looking to explore cloud computing for your job or personal interest, there are many different ways to discover more about this latest trend. 🔍

So, what ways can you get involved in the cloud community? 🤔

Cloud Conferences:

Cloud computing conferences are an important resource for IT professionals. They use these events to stay informed on the latest cloud trends, network with peers, learn about new products and see real-world case studies of different cloud technologies in action. Conferences are also an opportunity to advance in training and certification. We’ve put together our top 3 conferences and what you can expect to learn from them. 📚

Cloud Expo Europe

Cloud Expo Europe brings together cloud innovators, technologists, and business leaders, to help them shape their future and deliver successful digital transformation. It’s an interactive 1-day event featuring a series of presentations and panel sessions, addressing the challenges and opportunities faced within the cloud. The agenda features 10 sessions, providing lots of opportunities for the audience to source information, ideas and inspiration to design, build and manage their technology architecture.☁️

European Cloud Conference

The European Cloud Conference 2021 is Europe’s leading independent event dedicated to all things Microsoft Azure. It brings together the Microsoft Azure community for 3 exceptional days of focused learning, professional development, fun and inspiration. 💡

IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing

This is an IEEE conference solely dedicated to Cloud computing. IEEE Cloud is basically for research practitioners to exchange their findings on the latest cloud computing advances. It includes findings across all “as a service” categories, including network, infrastructure, platform, software, and function. 👨‍💻

Cloud Virtual Meetups

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers of cloud conferences were forced to move their events online or cancel them altogether. The good news is that the majority of cloud conferences are able to now be held virtually! Here’s our top 3 virtual cloud meetups to help you with your learning and get involved in the community. 👫

Cloud Native London

UMATR are proud to be one of the sponsors of Cloud Native London - the official Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Meetup group dedicated to building a strong, open, diverse developer community. If you’re interested in Linux Containers, Kubernetes, Platform-as-a-Service, Docker, OpenShift, Mesos Marathon, CoreOS, Google Container Engine, Monitoring Systems from within with Prometheus or any of the many technologies in the new container stack, Cloud Native is for you. 🎯

Red Hat Summit

Red Hat Summit is the premier open source technology event for thousands of IT professionals to innovate and focus on high-performing Linux, cloud, automation and management, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Expect the latest cloud news and announcements, have the opportunity to ask the experts your technology questions, and learn how open source is innovating the future of the enterprise. 🎤

CloudFest

This is the world's #1 cloud conference, where partners and attendees become as much a part of the program as the inspiring speakers who take to the stage. CloudFest embraces and celebrates the cloud industry—everything new and exciting in technology and internet innovation. Expect talks on the strengths, weaknesses, risks, and opportunities of the cloud and how it has such an important role to play in the future of technology. 🔮

Cloud Training/Courses

There's no doubt that the cloud is now a permanent fixture for end-users and service providers, as well as global companies and organizations of all sizes. As a result, employees holding cloud-related certifications are attractive to companies that offer cloud-related products, such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. We’ve put together our top choices when it comes to courses that will help you to learn Cloud Computing fundamentals better. ✍🏻

Amazon Web Services Training and Certifications

Amazon Web Services launched its AWS certification program in May 2013. Currently, the program offers role-based credentials at the foundation, associate, and professional levels along with several specialty certifications. AWS certifications focus on preparing candidates for developer, operations, and architect roles. Courses offered by AWS include Architect, Cloud Practitioner, Developer, DevOps Engineer, Machine Learning and Operations. 🚀

Google Cloud Platform Training and Certifications

Google Cloud Platform or GCP certification is the most popular certification that has helped the present-day cloud engineers secure their dream job in well-established companies where there are chances of higher career growth. According to a survey, Google’s Professional Cloud Architect was the highest paying certification of 2020 and 2019, and more than 1 in 4 of Google Cloud certified individuals took on more responsibility or leadership roles at work. Courses offered by Google Cloud include Foundational Certification, Associate Certification, and Professional Certification. 🌍

Microsoft Training and Certifications

Whether you’re looking to move into a high-paying cloud career or just looking to declare your existing cloud skills, Microsoft Azure certifications are a great choice — whether you’re starting there or migrating to Azure from another provider. Besides the value they’ll bring to your employer and your career, all the Azure certifications can be obtained remotely, meaning you can get certified while working from home. Microsoft currently offers courses on 11 role-based Azure certifications, three fundamentals certifications, plus a trio of “specialty” certifications around IoT, SAP, and Windows Virtual Desktop. 📝

When choosing a training course it may be good to consider the end achievement, what that means and what doors it may open. Here are some of the most valuable cloud certifications today:

·      Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect

·      Google Certified Professional Data Engineer

·      AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

·      AWS Certified SysOps Administrator

·      AWS Certified Developer – Associate

·      Microsoft Certified: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

·      Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate

·      Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert

·      Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

·      CompTIA Cloud+

If you are a cloud engineer looking for a career change or if your business is struggling to attract top cloud engineers, then get in touch with nicole@umatr.io to discuss how we are able to help.

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https://acloudguru.com/blog/engineering/which-azure-certification-is-right-for-me

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