The footprint and impact for Microsoft's Azure cloud computing service continues to expand and gain mass. At the company's Ignite conference in Orlando, Microsoft unveiled three new Azure-related certification exams. These are listed in the graphic I cribbed from a recent Born to Learn blog post (dated 9/25, entitled "Announcing New Azure Exams and Certification Path Recommendations for Azure Job Roles"). As you can see one of the exams plugs in at the entry level for Azure Stack Operators, while the other two support the MCSE: Cloud Platform for Azure Solutions Architects and DevOps developers.
The first of these three exams is 70-537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack. It goes into the mix for a variety of entry-level Azure job roles at the MCP level. It also represents one of a number of possible stepping stones toward the MCSA:Cloud Platform along with the other exams shown to the right of the "Pass 1 Exam" entry at the upper left of the graphic. This exam is scheduled for a January 2018 release date, and the other two exams will follow later that year. In the meantime, interested candidates should check out Microsoft's ILT Azure Stack course, or dig into the company's MOOC course on this subject.Credit: Microsoft
The other two exams will follow later in 2018, with coverage to match. They include 70-538: Implementing Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions, an exam aimed at developers who wish to build DevOps capabilities for their Azure environments, and 70-539: Managing Linux Workloads on Microsoft Azure, an exam that vets candidates abilities to design, configure, deploy and maintain Linux-based systems and services in an Azure environment. Exams 70-473: Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions and 70-475: Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions will retire at the end of 2017 (December 31). Until then, those exams continue to count toward the MCSA: Cloud Platform for those pursuing that and other related certifications like the MCSE: Cloud Platform.
As Azure continues to gain mind and market share, related certifications are becoming increasingly valuable for IT pros. Be sure to check these offerings out as they become available, starting early next year.