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.
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.
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 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