Cloud Plus is a 5-day CompTIA class with available certification for IT professionals working in environments that increasingly use cloud computing and virtualization technologies. It is ideal for those with at least two to three years of work experience in IT networking, network storage or data center administration—specialties that have seen rapid change due to cloud’s wide adoption as a competitive IT solution.
CompTIA Cloud+ establishes a vendor-neutral education that validates the core cloud concepts and skills that IT professionals and employers critically need in this rapidly evolving market.
Duration: 5 day
Prerequisites: At least 24-36 months of work experience in IT networking, network storage, or datacenter administration - Familiarity with any major hypervisor technologies or server virtualization is helpful but not required.
IT professionals working in environments that increasingly use cloud computing and virtualization technologies.
Earning the CompTIA Cloud+ certification shows that an IT professional:
The CompTIA Cloud+ addresses a growing market demand for cloud solutions and skills. CompTIA's 4th Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study, released in August, found that 90% of end user companies use some form of cloud computing—up from 80% in last year’s survey. In addition, companies report that the percentage of their infrastructure and applications now comprised by cloud systems has grown year-over-year.
For IT channel firms, cloud revenues are growing faster when compared to existing products, the CompTIA survey found. Cloud sales generated 50% or more revenues for four out of 10 IT channel firms during the prior 12 months, while roughly a quarter of IT channel firms expect cloud revenues to grow by 15% or more during the next 12 months. (Slightly more than half expected modest cloud revenue growth.)
The need to build cloud skills touches IT channel firms and end-users alike. The 2013 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study recently found seven out of 10 IT leaders report that the IT/networking function has had to “rapidly expand its skill set/knowledge in order to keep up with cloud computing developments.”
Channel firms must offer adequate capacity and skills to meet demand or risk losing business and opportunities. The CompTIA cloud computing survey found that four in 10 channel firms experienced cases where customer demand outstripped their capacity to deliver, while two in 10 lost a deal because a customer desired a cloud solution they did not offer.
Cloud+ objectives focus on cloud concepts and models (12%), virtualization (19%), infrastructure (21%), resource management (13%), security (16%), systems management (11%) and business continuity in the cloud (8%).