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Alibaba Cloud Certifications

Date Created: May 7, 2018
Last Update: July 8, 2018

Introduction

As I progressed thru Alibaba Cloud I became interested in taking their certification exams. I have seven AWS certifications and adding a few Alibaba Cloud certifications will not hurt. I will also get to see another side of Alibaba: Training and Certification. I also have several networking and security certifications, so I am expecting that I just need to learn the new features and differences between Alibaba Cloud and AWS to certify at the associate level. Once that is complete I will decide if going deeper into Alibaba Cloud is worthwhile and certify at their professional level.

A personal comment regarding certifications. There is a huge difference between memorizing facts and passing an exam versus having a solid understanding of how to build enterprise class systems. You just cannot replace years of experience by studying for a month. Certifications are pieces of paper that demonstrate that you can complete a task which is very important today. I see so many young engineers start a project and never finish or stay on the job long enough to see the project finish. The real experience comes from completing a project and going thru the bug fixing, deployment and customer support issues. Certifications demonstrate that you have a certain core knowledge. Experience is required after certification. The power comes from combining certifications with real-world experience.

The one item that concerns me is that the Alibaba Cloud exams have serious second language issues. My guess is that the English exams are translated from Chinese.

This page will keep track of the ones that I pass (or fail).


Alibaba Training and Certification

Alibaba Cloud Training and Certification page.

Alibaba Cloud has several levels of certification. The first level is Technical Certificate. These are entry level certificates that are taken online. These certifications are a good starter to measure your progress while learning Alibaba Cloud.

The next level is their Associate certifications. There are three: Cloud Computing, Cloud Security, and Big Data. These exams require going to Pearson Vue to take a real exam. These exams should demonstrate core knowledge of Alibaba Cloud.

Above the associate level are the professional and the soon to be released expert certifications.


Areas that I would like to see more improvement from Alibaba:

  • More product and service training videos on YouTube. Both AWS and Azure have been very successful with YouTube.
  • More material on networking include VPCs, Security Groups, VPNs, etc.
  • Material specific to working with services running in China from the US / Europe. There is a lot of confusion regarding the Great Firewall, VPNs, traffic speed, licensing (ICP), etc.


Alibaba Cloud certifications that I have completed - 14

September 17, 2018: ACP Cloud Computing Certification. This is Alibaba's professional level certifications. Alibaba


Note: The following are lower level technical certificates. They do represent progress and skills but are at a lower level compared to the Professional certifications. If you are already experienced with AWS or Azure, you will find these exams very easy to pass. On many of these exams I scored 100 - due to my depth of knowledge about AWS and Azure cloud technologies.


July 8, 2018: Cloud Computing Specialist Certification - Blue Green Deployment Using Container Service. Alibaba


July 7, 2018: Cloud Security Specialist Certification - Secure Your Data in Alibaba Cloud. Alibaba


June 26, 2018: Top 50 Award Alibaba


June 14, 2018: Big Data Specialist Certification - Data Integration. Alibaba


June 8, 2018: Big Data Specialist Certification - Analyze Log Data with Alibaba Cloud Big Data Platform. Alibaba


June 5, 2018: Cloud Computing Specialist Certification - Construct a Dynamic Website. Alibaba


June 5, 2018: Cloud Computing Specialist Certification - Deploy an E-Commerce Website on Alibaba Cloud. Alibaba


May 25, 2018: Cloud Computing Specialist Certification - Operate and Manage RDS. Alibaba


May 25, 2018: Cloud Computing Specialist Certification - Build and Publish a Website in China. Alibaba


May 23, 2018: Cloud Computing Specialist Certification - Operate and Manage OSS. Alibaba


May 23, 2018: Cloud Computing Specialist Certification - Server Load Balancer. Alibaba


May 9, 2018: Cloud Security Specialist Certification - Cloud platform operation security. Alibaba


May 7, 2018: Cloud Computing Specialist Certification - Operate and manage a cloud server. Alibaba





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