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To date, more than 4,500 people have earned the CompTIA Cloud+ credential, which was introduced in 2013. The Cloud+ certification is globally recognized and accredited, and is compliant with ISO 17024 standards.
The updated CompTIA Cloud + beta exam, released Tuesday, tests candidates on their understanding of how to incorporate and manage cloud technologies as part of broader IT systems operations, the tech association said.
“The number of organizations that depend on cloud-based solutions to run mission-critical systems continues to grow,” said James Stanger, chief technology evangelist for CompTIA. “But cloud computing doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Hybrid and multi-cloud deployments are the norm as the cloud is an increasingly important component in broader IT systems,” he added.
The new CompTIA Cloud+ beta exam targets IT professionals with about 2-3 years of job experience in networking, storage, or IT data center administration, systems engineer or related position. It’s also advantageous if certification candidates already hold a CompTIA Network+ and/or Server+ certification, according to the organization.
The latest cloud certification and beta test requires candidates to demonstrate the ability to integrate cloud solutions with existing technology systems in ways that meet specific business needs, deliver maximum benefits and work in a variety of industries.
According to the CompTIA 4th Annual Trends in Cloud Computing market research report, the global cloud computing market is projected to reach $270 billion by 2020, with nine out of 10 companies today using some sort of cloud technology.
For the first 800 candidates to register for and take the newest version of the CompTIA Cloud+ beta exam, the cost is $50.
The CompTIA Cloud+ beta exam is scheduled to be released during the first quarter of 2018.