3Tera starts certifying cloud computing skills

By Jennifer Kavur, ComputerWorld Canada |  On-demand Software, 3Tera

IT workers seeking cloud certification must decide which cloud computing product they want to tie themselves to and "make sure that whatever they are choosing is in demand at the companies they are targeting," he advised.

"I don't think that someone could be certified specifically in cloud computing. It typically has to be tied to a particular software or particular hardware that the cloud is running on," said Abramovitch.

Because cloud certifications are so new, experience is currently more valuable, according to Abramovitch. "If the person has the experience setting up a cloud or setting up software-as-a-service for a company or a vendor, that would count much more for hiring managers than a brand-new certification," he said.

Cloud certifications will become a trend, but it will be "one that is slow to develop," according to Kevin Brice, president and general manager of MeasureUp LLC and sister company MSEmploy North America.

"I think the business has to get there first before the requirements for the certification are there," he said. Brice hasn't noticed companies requiring individuals with cloud computing certification and believes certifications already available today can lend themselves to companies using SaaS models.

Barry Lynn, chairman and CEO of 3Tera, sees the certifications as a testimony to the company's success in the cloud computing space.

"You can't really have a certification program unless there is a critical mass of people using it who want to be certified and those skills become transferable because of that critical mass," said Lynn. Three courses, two in the U.S. and one in Europe, are scheduled for 2010. 3Tera can also arrange on-premise courses for large enterprises. There are no courses scheduled within Canada, but 3Tera can add one if the demand is there, said Essy Nickolova, vice-president of marketing communications at 3Tera.

Additional certifications are in the works. 3Tera is planning to offer at least two or three more certification programs, according to Armijo, and one will specifically target ISVs and appliance vendors.

Certified Cloud Operator

*Target: Service providers, enterprise operations professional and systems integrators responsible for the deployment and operation of cloud services

*Course content: the process of installing, configuring and maintaining the computing fabric used for building cloud computing services with an emphasis on hardware requirements, service configuration, hardware failure troubleshooting, provisioning of customers and configuration of virtual private data centre

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