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Hey Guys,
I have around 10 years of java/JEE/webservices experience and now I want to move to Cloud where my current knowledge is almost ZERO (except deploying some sample services to cloud foundry thorugh spring cloud).
Now, I want to excel myself into the Cloud field since it is needed for surviving today. I want to learn it from basic to certification or some significant level (may be up-to Architect level) that has value in the IT field for long term.

Please suggest.
(tutorial wise I prefer videos for learning but book/articles are also welcome).

Thanks,
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You may not know this, but there are a few different cloud providers/types. The big ones are AWS and Azure. From what I've gathered they are the same but different.
You may be able to replicate a cloud like environment on your own home hardware, which I strongly recommend as this can save you money.
Cloud Foundry is somewhat of a cloud type which can be hosted on AWS or Azure or a corporate private cloud with the hardware located locally. However Cloud Foundry does not need AWS or Azure.
I suggest that you look into the free (if possible) classes offered by sites like edx and coursera.
You should also probably fully understand the 12 factor guidelines.
You may want to take a look at PearsonVUE's and/or Oracle's cloud certification path regarding cloud to see what fits you the most.
 
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Pete Letkeman wrote:You may not know this, but there are a few different cloud providers/types. The big ones are AWS and Azure. From what I've gathered they are the same but different.
You may be able to replicate a cloud like environment on your own home hardware, which I strongly recommend as this can save you money.
Cloud Foundry is somewhat of a cloud type which can be hosted on AWS or Azure or a corporate private cloud with the hardware located locally. However Cloud Foundry does not need AWS or Azure.
I suggest that you look into the free (if possible) classes offered by sites like edx and coursera.
You should also probably fully understand the 12 factor guidelines.
You may want to take a look at PearsonVUE's and/or Oracle's cloud certification path regarding cloud to see what fits you the most.



My understanding is weak here. I even don't understand the difference between CloudFoundry and AWS/Azure. Can you please share the links for this? Just want to make sure I start on right track.
And what is 12 factor guidelines?

And what will be my level after these trainings? Which way I need to go after that?
 
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12 Factor Design:
With cloud development/administration you will run into these sooner or later. Some exams will probably quiz you on these even if you are not developing programs/apps.
You can find out more here https://12factor.net/. There is no certification for 12 Factor Design, but it is a way of organizing the programs/apps that you develop/implements, or your company develops/implements.
Once you start using this methodology you will see benefits, it is kind of like unit testing that way.

Cloud Foundry:
An open source project mainly spear headed by the same company which has developed the Spring Framework.
There is certification for Cloud Foundry, I suggest only get certification from a Cloud Foundry partner which I think linux.com.
Cloud Foundry apps are somewhat like Docker apps, but it can use Docker apps as well.
This certification test will will most likely ask you a question or two about 12 Factor Design.
Cloud Foundry is used by SAP, IBM, Microsoft and other rather large companies.
You can use Cloud Foundry on your local corporate LAN without using AWS or Azure.
You can read more about Cloud Foundry at https://cloudfoundry.org.
I believe that both Coursera and Edx have free Cloud Foundry courses/tutorials.

AWS/Azure:
AWS and Azure are the same, but different and I think that they are direct competitors.
I strongly suspect that there are both AWS and Azure certification paths, as such I would check out their sites and see what they offer regarding certifications.
I'm pretty sure that there are many free AWS and Azure videos on YouTube of varying quality as well as a number of books regarding certification on Amazon's or Microsoft's Press site.

As to how long this takes and where you end up? That all depends on where you want to stop. Just like in Java certification.
In Java you can start with OCA 808 then you can get OCP 809. There are plenty of exams as seen here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oracle_Certification_Program#Java_Certification_list.
However you can stop wherever/whenever you want.

Edit: Grammar fixes
 
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Pete Letkeman wrote:12 Factor Design:
With cloud development/administration you will run into these sooner or later. Some exams will probably quiz you on these even if you are not developing programs/apps.
You can find out more here https://12factor.net/. There is no certification for 12 Factor Design, but it is a way of organizing the programs/apps that you develop/implements, or your company develops/implements.
Once you start using this methodology you will see benefits, it is kind of like unit testing that way.

Cloud Foundry:
An open source project mainly spear headed by the same company which has developed the Spring Framework.
There is certification for Cloud Foundry, I suggest only get certification from a Cloud Foundry partner which I think linux.com.
Cloud Foundry apps are somewhat like Docker apps, but it can use Docker apps as well.
This certification test will will most likely ask you a question or two about 12 Factor Design.
Cloud Foundry is used by SAP, IBM, Microsoft and other rather large companies.
You can use Cloud Foundry on your local corporate LAN without using AWS or Azure.
You can read more about Cloud Foundry at https://cloudfoundry.org.
I believe that both Coursera and Edx have free Cloud Foundry courses/tutorials.

AWS/Azure:
AWS and Azure are the same, but different and I think that they are direct competitors.
I strongly suspect that there are both AWS and Azure certification paths, as such I would check out their sites and see what they offer regarding certifications.
I'm pretty sure that there are many free AWS and Azure videos on YouTube of varying quality as well as a number of books regarding certification on Amazon's or Microsoft's Press site.

As to how long this takes and where you end up? That all depends on where you want to stop. Just like in Java certification.
In Java you can start with OCA 808 then you can get OCP 809. There are plenty of exams as seen here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oracle_Certification_Program#Java_Certification_list.
However you can stop wherever/whenever you want.

Edit: Grammar fixes



Thanks a lot for providing detailed answer but still it is vague for me. I am still not sure what trainings exactly I need to go for?
I already mentioned my target: I want to have knowledge upto an architect level. Specialization like an architect preferably not dependent to any specific cloud platform but not sure about it  and should be beneficial in long term.
 
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On the AWS certification page https://aws.amazon.com/certification/ you can find more then 12 different exams you can take on the path to become certified.
On the Azure certification page https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/azure-exams.aspx you can find more 10 different exams you can take on the path to become certified.
On the Cloud Foundry certification page https://www.cloudfoundry.org/certification/ page you can find out what how to become certified in that.
On the Google Cloud certification page https://cloud.google.com/certification/ you can find out all about their process.
On Oracle's Cloud certification page http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/ou_product_category.getPillarPage?p_pillar_id=502&p_mode=Certification you can find our exit the exams and more.

You want to become and architect in the cloud you will most like need to take a few different exams. Google, Azure, AWS and Oracle are some of the bigger cloud providers. You will need to read about then, factor in exam costs and learning materials. I'm pretty sure that you can at least get started for free in all of them.

As for which one is the best? Depends on who you talk to as many people have different experiences and biases.
 
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