EMC’s cloud certification: Another way to validate cloud competency

Here’s an overview of the cloud certification launched by EMC, along with the basics that you need to acquire EMC’s Cloud Architect (EMCCA) certification.

EMC has introduced a cloud certification, called the EMC Cloud Architect (EMCCA) certification for architects, designers and consultants. This cloud computing certification will benefit those involved in the planning of:

•         Virtualized data centers - Servers, storage, networks, applications and services

•         Cloud implementations - Creation, migration and implementation

•         Convergence of traditional data centers to virtual design and construction (VDC) and extension to cloud infrastructures

An enterprise planning to migrate to private cloud can hire professionals with an EMCCA certification to ensure a smooth journey. EMC’s cloud certification also aims to advance the journey to private cloud through ‘cloud architects’ to deliver virtualization and cloud designs based on business strategies, encompassing key domains such as compute, storage, networking, and applications. The cloud architects will specialize in designing virtualized infrastructure or develop expertise in providing information technology (IT)-as-a-service. The EMC cloud computing certification could become a pre requisite for cloud architects and consultants in future.

The EMCCA is a specialist level cloud certification and one needs to clear the EMC Information Storage Associate certification, before appearing for it. This cloud certification is ideal for a professional with experience of three months or more in storage, operating systems, and networking. The recommended pre-requisites are VMware Certified Professional and Cisco Certified Design Associate certifications as this cloud certification covers all aspects of a virtual data center.

This cloud computing certification includes the following topics:


•         Virtualized Data Center and Cloud Introduction

•         Virtualized Data Center Architecture

•         Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Principles for VDC Environments

•         Planning and Design Concepts for VDC Environments

•         Managing VDC Environments and Infrastructures

•         Governance, Risk, and Compliance for VDC and Cloud Environments

•         Cloud Services

•         Planning and Design for Cloud Enablement

•         VDC to Cloud Use Cases

The cloud certification costs USD 200, its exam code is E20-018, with the name Virtualized Infrastructure Specialist and track is EMCCA. As this cloud certification is new, EMC is yet to publish the number of questions and pass percentage for the exam, and the curriculum is expected to be rolled out in January 2011. However, aspirants can prepare for the exam by opting for any of the below-mentioned study options:

E-learning - One hour to three hours self-paced training, which can be accessed directly over the Internet or downloaded onto your computer. The cloud certification’s e-learning option also includes downloadable and printable student guides.

Instructor-led training (ILT) - Traditional classroom training, with hands-on labs or case studies, delivered at one of our many training centers worldwide, by an EMC instructor.

Video ILT - Instructor-delivered ILT, packaged in a CD-ROM/DVD-ROM format, with a navigation menu. Lecture content, lab exercises, and student materials are identical to ILT.

Online ILT – This is a real-time interactive training experience, which provides access to instructor-led virtual classrooms. Lectures, discussions, questions and answers, and lab exercises are part of this training schedule.

The prices of these training options to appear for a cloud certification exam vary based on the region and type. You can contact EMC Education Services to get the actual price, using the following details:

Online:  http://education.emc.com

E-mail:  [email protected]

Tel: +91-80-6737-5064


About the author: Anuj Sharma is an EMC Certified and NetApp accredited professional. Sharma has experience in handling implementation projects related to SAN, NAS and BURA. One of his articles was published globally by EMC, and titled the Best of EMC Networker during last year's EMC World held at Orlando, US.

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