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Worth while IT Certs?

DrMoo

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What IT certs are worth obtaining in 2020? I work predominantly with VMware, Windows, Linux and Cisco. Are any of the AWS certs worth perusing ? anything else? Im open to any suggestions. What certs are in demand at the moment or near future? (Ps I know coding is a great skill, but that's a topic for another day)
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@DrMoo is your employer paying or you? If it's your money, 'worth' is relative. If an employer is associated with the same vendor as your cert then it will be 'worth' it to them. Even with the cloud, all what you work with is relevant especially in hybrid scenarios. I suggest applying for jobs and going for interviews to get a feel of the market, since online articles won't help in a SA context.

That said, personally I would be cautious of anything Azure related since the certs are still maturing and when they get updated, you lose out.
 

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My company will be paying.
Then do all the certs you can.

And anyone reading this that doesn't have the employer that pays them for this, can go and do the free AWS training (about 8 hours of video) and Azure training for the fundamentals courses.

Although you need to pay for the cert, getting the background is very good.
 

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it all depends where you wanting to end up in 5-10yrs.

If you have enough experience behind you and looking to move into a more holistic IT management role, maybe look into doing certs in other fields like cost control, vendor management etc.
 

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Some free redhat technologies intro courses, i haven't watched it might contain some RH marketing stuff , but this is what they advertise


"Want to learn Red Hat technologies for free? Now you can!
Our technical overview courses consist of online, on-demand videos that teach the basics of the product that you're interested in."

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Technical Overview (RH024)
Virtualization and Infrastructure Migration Technical Overview (RH018)
Red Hat Satellite Technical Overview (RH053)
Red Hat OpenStack Technical Overview (CL010)
Ansible Essentials: Simplicity in Automation Technical Overview (DO007)
Developing Red Hat Agile Integration Technical Overview (DO040)
Deploying Containerized Applications Technical Overview (DO080)
Developing Cloud-Native Applications with Microservices Architectures (DO092)
 

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Are any of the AWS certs worth perusing ? anything else? Im open to any suggestion.

Hi, this is dependable on your career path and where you want to end up. I was an avid Senior Network/Security engineer for on-prem and made the move to cloud, as I foresee it to become the future, this Coupled with my move to AWS, it soon became more beneficial to skill and get the relevant certifications.

In regards to Cisco related certs, my opinion, they are not targeting the heart of cloud yet, even though they have devnet streams.

My journey this far ->

On-Premises (Tier 2 Network Engineer / Senior Network Security Engineer / Networks Project Team )
CCNA, CCNA Security, CCNP R&S, Fortigate NSE 1-4, Palo Alto, Sophos, Extreme Switching, and few others.

Once I joined the cloud space, i jotted out my certification path, which is as follows (includes the current certifications I've passed):
AWS Cloud Practitioner, AWS Solutions Architect Associate, AWS Developer Associate, AWS SysOps Administrator Associate, AWS Security Specialty, AWS Solutions Architect Professional.

The nice thing about passing AWS related certificates is that upon passing you receive a 50% discount voucher and a free Practice Test Voucher, which can be used towards passing your next AWS related exams. I utilize the following for training/upskilling

1. Linux Academy
2. Acloud Guru
3. Whizzlabs
4. Qwiklabs
5. Aws Training, Whitepapers, Documents and FAQ's.

IE you should follow a certification path for your career path. If you looking at moving into cloud, Id suggest looking into AWS, Azure, and other cloud providers certifications. As, i've seen majority of customers are now hybrid cloud, IE utilize the best benefits of each provider.

If you require any assistance in regards to the AWS Cloud space let me know, always willing to help where I can :).
 

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