Join Lynn Langit for an in-depth discussion in this video Other vendors certifications, part of Cloud Computing Career Paths and Certifications: First Steps.
- In addition to the major public cloud vendors, there are some other vendor certifications that have important products for the cloud that I do find that my customers sometimes have a need for engineers who have certification in. One in particular is the first one, was to here, this is for data visualization and the product is called the Tableau. Tableau is the market leader for both on-prim and cloud based visualization interestingly across multiple clouds, certainly on Amazon but also to some extent, on Azure and Google Cloud as well.
So I find often there's a need for certified Tableau engineers because the sophistication of the product requires some substantial study and sometimes people who are going to be employing engineers want that certification. On the sort of front end of the data pipeline, I find the customers that are interested in having engineers that are certified in the commercial version of Hadoop that's made by Cloudera and that includes the person who created Hadoop, Doug Cutting, so it is the apache Hadoop, it's the open source people but they have a commercial product.
And similar to that, the new library for Hadoop, based on the open source apache Spark has been commercialized as a distribution called, Databricks, and because people want to process data via distributed Hadoop style processing not only on cloud, but they also want to be able to do that using memory in the cloud that's Spark, so it's a lot faster. So, Databricks is particularly hot in certain protocols like Adtech, Biotech. Protocols were a lot of data, huge volume so beyond terabytes, petabytes, and even exobytes of data so just really some of the top volumes in the world is being used by Sparks.
Really exciting time, it's amount of data it can process but it requires very different technologies and deep understanding of how they actually work under the hood. So a lot of times, these companies require certification before they'll look at hiring you. In addition to that, there's one generic cloud certification that's non-vendor specific that I think is really valuable, it's called, the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge. As I mentioned earlier in this course, having proper security in the cloud is an often overlooked area and I think it's just a hot career area in general and I've known a lot of network engineers that are really, interestingly, find out that this is an opportunity, so I wanted to include it.
Now just to round out this section of the course because I've talked about so many different clouds and so many different certifications, it might be a little bit difficult to say "Which ones going to be for me?" If I had to pick it, I would say Amazon. Know they have 14 times the marketshare of all other public clouds services combined. So if you're looking to invest some time and get a certification that you know there's going to be demand for, it's going to be Amazon. Now that being said, Azure and IBM are up and coming in various services areas around their certifications and Google is trying to get on this hoard as well because they're having some demand.
So one interesting thing about the cloud career market is it is a moving target but at current I would say, Amazon is the clear sort of leader in terms of certifications.
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