If you think your business could benefit from infrastructure as a service, we’re here to help you determine which certifications your employees may best benefit from.
We can all agree that no matter what sector your business is in, the global market has never been more competitive. With hundreds of startups beginning daily, and the fact that social media means that companies can go from small fry to big fish in a few short months, making sure your company stands out is more essential than ever.
Because of this, it is essential that your business is able to stay ahead of the curve and one of the keys to success is a solid computing infrastructure.
With this in mind, in this article we’ll be taking a closer look at IaaS, finding out what it is, why it’s important to your business, and the best certifications your staff members can gain to ensure your business keeps performance levels high.
What is IaaS?
IaaS stands for infrastructure as a service. IaaS is an instant computing infrastructure which is managed and provisioned via the internet. IaaS constitutes one of the four main cloud services types, the other three being SaaS (software as a service), PaaS (platform as a service), and serverless.
IaaS makes server ownership and usage simpler, and is able to manage infrastructure, operating systems, middleware and applications. A popular example of an IaaS manager is Microsoft Azure.
Why is IaaS Good for Businesses?
IaaS is great for businesses of any size because it is able to scale up and down as you need, allowing for times of growth and times of stability, without costing your company a fortune, as you only pay for what you actually need and use.
As it is ready to go, IaaS also saves businesses the stress and financial outlay of buying and managing their own servers. Its flexibility also allows IaaS to mold perfectly to each company’s specific needs.
IaaS works on a rental basis, and is split into a variety of resources, which makes it affordable for even small companies, as they can pick and choose what they need for as long as they need it. This makes IaaS great for businesses with experimental ideas or those in need of temporary infrastructure, such as startups aiming for their first trial run or a larger company trailing a subsidiary business.
IaaS can also help companies get to market quicker. This is essential in the fast-moving modern world, as trends and whims of the public can change very quickly. IaaS can help businesses to stay ahead of the curve and get their products to consumers quickly, to best capitalize on a trend or new niche.
Of course, any innovation, interface, or technology is only as good as the individual utilizing it. This is why it is essential to have a well-trained and certified professional of IaaS working within your company.
These individuals will ensure the very best is gotten out of the software, meaning increased efficiency and not a cent wasted. There are many training courses available, but probably the best are Microsoft Certifications, and those working with Microsoft Azure.
There are many great options for this, such as those listed below.
This certification is deemed ‘associate level’ and is part of Microsoft’s new role-based certifications. It is a great choice for those with some experience of Azure that are looking to take the next step in their understanding and skills. To pass this course, attendees will need complete two exams:
AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator
Tutor-led training is advised before taking the exams, and many training companies will offer an all-inclusive package of tutelage and exams, which can be held both on campus or on site at your company, depending on your needs. These courses usually take around 6 days to complete.
Another associate role-based certification, the MCA Azure Developer certification is a great option for budding professionals looking to work in the development of the Azure platform within a company, instead of its overall administration. For this course, attendees only need to successfully complete one exam:
AZ-203: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
Like the administration course, tutelage only takes around 6 days, and is strongly advised to all those looking to not only pass the exam, but be able to efficiently understand and apply the knowledge gained through training.
MCE: Azure Solutions Architect
This role-based certification is expert level and intended for professionals who are already skilled in their field who are looking to increase their skills as the business they work within grows. There are two exams required to gain this certification:
AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies
AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design
As this is a high-level certification, the correct training program implemented before sitting the exams is essential for success.
When choosing a training course, you should always opt for a company that is a Microsoft Partner: Gold Learning certified to guarantee you learn from the best. After all, the certification is only as good as the knowledge you have to back it up!