6 Reasons a Microsoft Azure Certification is the Secret to a Great Cloud Computing Career

In the recent past, the entire concept of computing has seen a paradigm shift towards cloud computing. This internet-based computing model provides data and shared computer processing to computers and other devices on demand.

Cloud computing facilitates universal access to a shared pool of computing resources, enabling information to be transferred effortlessly and with minimal effort. With cloud computing, users and enterprises can now store and process data in third-party data storage centers. It is cost-effective for companies as they don’t have to invest an excessive amount on IT infrastructure.

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With the vast majority of organizations, across the world are adopting the cloud, the demand for skilled professionals in this field is high. High salaries and a broad range of options for cloud computing experts have made it a sought-after industry for IT professionals.

Why MS Azure?

One skill that can significantly increase a candidate’s chances of getting hired in the cloud computing domain is a certification in Microsoft Azure

The opportunities for Microsoft Azure certified aspirants have drastically multiplied in recent years, owing to the growing demand:

  • As per reports from Microsoft, over 1,000 new customers sign up to Azure daily. That’s 365,000 new companies adopting MS Azure every year!
  • MS Azure is being used by over 57% of Fortune 500 companies.
  • Through Azure, Microsoft’s commercial cloud revenue has increased by 104%, with an annual run rate of $6.3 billion in revenue.
  • Microsoft Azure has received official accreditation from the UK government.
  • There is even a Microsoft Azure Government offering, backed by the US Government.

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Here Are Six Reasons to Get a Microsoft Azure Certification

  1. Focus on the public cloud

    88% of companies are already using the public cloud, and 13% are already running more than 1,000 virtual machines in the public cloud, as per Annual reports in 2015.  The data is impressive and quite convincing as to why you could consider learning cloud technologies like MS Azure.
  2. MS Azure has the lion’s share

    Azure is catching up at an astounding rate with its competitors. As per a survey conducted by David Ziembicki, a Senior Architect in Microsoft Consulting Services – Azure’s userbase is comparable to that of AWS, and that customer discussions have also moved from Hyper-V to Azure.
  3. The technology of the future

    Cloud technologies like Azure are evolving at a rapid clip, outpacing the average rate of growth in the IT sector as a whole.
  4. Easy to adapt and learn

    With Microsoft enjoying an effective monopoly in the personal computer OS market, most users will be familiar with the Windows operating system. This makes the Microsoft Azure learning curve flatter than it is for other platforms. Having an awareness of the working principles of Azure is a huge advantage since concepts like Azure Automation and Operational Insights are quite easy to learn if you have an exposure to Microsoft’s tools at work. 

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  5. Tremendous Potential

    Cloud infrastructure is set to dominate the IT space. Microsoft Azure is growing faster than any other cloud services provider with an incredible 154% YOY growth rate.
  6. Highly efficient tool

    Azure is equipped to handle most of the traditional tasks of design, deployment, and management of platforms. According to Ziembicki, the efficiency of a cloud platform like Azure is best gauged by answering the following questions -
  • Does it add value to a large app development project in Azure?
  • Does it assist the Ops side of Dev/Ops?
  • Does it come with PowerShell console integration?

MS Azure meets each of these needs to the satisfaction of millions of users around the world.

So there you have it. Getting an MS Azure certification is your best bet to build a lucrative career in the cloud computing space. Can you think of any other reasons why it’s a great choice? Let us know in the comments below!

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