Yesterday, Microsoft executive Satya Nadella (President of the Server and Tools Division) laid out the parameters for the company’s so-called private cloud solution, and Erika Cravens posted information about a related certification to the Born to Learn blog (“System Center 2012 is a true ‘private cloud’ builder. Get started on your Private Cloud certification now“).
The technologies involved include System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2008 (original and R2). This is a five exam certification, two of which exams have not yet been released. These Private Cloud Certification exams include (pending items get an appended asterisk [*]):
- 70-640: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
- 70-642: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
- 70-643: Windows Server 2008 Application Infrastructure, Configuring
- 70-247: Private Cloud Configuration and Deployment with System Center 2012*
- 70-246: Private Cloud Monitoring and Operations with System Center 2012*
Thus, this certification (which is presumably to be part of the MCITP program, though the details haven’t been fully spelled out just yet) includes elements of the MCITP for Server Administrators plus Application Infrastructure and the cloud-related System Center 2012 components. This makes it very, very interesting and another of the MCITP credentials that appears poised to generate some real resonance in the marketplace (like the Enterprise Administrator, which also requires 5 exams, and the Server and Virtualization Administrator, each of which require only 3).
No word yet on when the two new exams will be released. My guess is that they will coincide with or follow within 30-60 days of the release of Microsoft System Center 2012, currently available as a release candidate from the TechNet Evaluation Center. According to a story published in September, 2011, Mary Jo Foley quotes Nadella as saying System Center 2012 is ” due out in the ‘early part of calendar 2012.'” Best guess as to what this really means? I’m thinking probably sometime later this month or in February, given that this certification announcement has already been made (the Private Cloud Cert page says only “Exams 70-247 and 70-246 are not yet available. Please check back frequently for updated release information.”)