CompTIA’s follow-on credential to its Cloud Essentials certification — known as Cloud+ — is now up and running, with exams available from Pearson VUE, and prep materials available or announced via Amazon and other online e-tailers. CompTIA’s press release on this launch appeared yesterday (10/1/2013) to proclaim “CompTIA Cloud+ Certification Now Available Worldwide,” as its title baldly states.
Recommended background for the new credential includes either or both of CompTIA’s Network+ and Storage+ (Powered by SNIA) credentials, along with at least 24-36 months of IT experience on the job with networking, storage, or data center administration. In an interesting malapropism the press release states that candidates “should be familiar with major hypervision technologies for virtualization…” (when of course they meant “hypervisor” though I can’t help wondering what kind of eyewear I’d have to don to obtain the necessary degree of visual actuity! ;-)).
A quick Amazon search on “CompTIA Cloud+” currently turns up three items, only one of which is actually relevant to the Cloud+ credential (the other two are for Cloud Essentials) — namely: CompTIA Cloud+ Study Guide (Exam CV0-001), Certification Press/McGraw-Hill, by Nate Stammer and Scott Wilson (9/24/2013). I’m guessing that we’ll see more materials showing up in the next 90 days or so, particularly from some of the other major cert press players, including Pearson, Wiley/Sybex, and possibly also Syngress/Elsevier. Given how hot the subject matter is at the moment, and growing demand for cloud-qualified IT professionals, publishers, online courseware developers, and practice test providers will no doubt be falling all over themselves, and each other, to get some suitable products out the door. But if you want to get going right away, there’s at least one avenue for self-study already available.