I passed my Azure Fundamentals exam August 31, 2020. I wanted to write this lessons learned to help others pursuing their Azure certifications and/or becoming multi-cloud by learning another cloud computing vendor language.
There is a demand for Azure
Having 2 AWS certifications and with AWS being the market leader in cloud, you don’t truly think beyond it. However, right after my passing my Azure Fundamentals exam, I received no less than 10 recruiters call me the next day inquiring about my jobs availability.
Lots of companies use Azure (WalMart, HP, Adobe and the US government to name a few). My receiving my Azure Fundamentals just bolsters that claim.
There are fault domains
This is something that I never knew about while studying AWS because fault tolerance was built-in the architecture. However, with Azure, I learned that there was both availability domains and fault domains. Learning this feature helped me expand my cloud knowledge.
It strengthen my foundational cloud computing knowledge
This is an unknown by-product of studying a different cloud language. The more I studied Azure, the more I validated my previous cloud knowledge. When you only know one cloud, you operate in a silo. However, with my studying Azure, all of a sudden, I can connect all of the different features, services and architecture.
Yes, Azure has different names for its services but their functionalities are all of the same because it is cloud computing. In this case, studying for my Azure Fundamentals makes me realize that I am not a cloud fresher and that I indeed has way more cloud knowledge than I thought I did prior to studying Azure.
Bonus: Becoming multi-cloud has expanded my cloud career What is multi-cloud?
Multi-cloud is learning more than one cloud computing language.
As I have mentioned earlier, I already had two AWS certifications. Passing Azure Fundamentals meant that I was multi-cloud because I knew both AWS and Microsoft Azure.
Even though my Ohio Means Jobs training and development plan is all AWS, I still stress to my training specialists that I want to learn more than one cloud. I do not want to be limited to just one cloud language.
I am glad that I have decided this last year because many companies use more than one cloud. The AWS/Azure is the top combination. Now that I am Azure certified, I can have many more opportunities than strictly being on AWS.
I hope these 3 lessons learned + the bonus will help you in your cloud journey! If you need help with cloud economics (total cost of ownership), cloud analytics and architecture, get in touch with me at http://carlarjenkins.com/contact/ Thanks for reading!
Originally published at http://carlarjenkins.com on September 22, 2020.