Career growth continues to boom in the infrastructure space as more workers telecommute and businesses move to off-premises cloud solutions. The new CompTIA Cloud+ (CV1-003), which will be available in 2021, reflects these changes with an increased focus on the skills needed to make the cloud more secure and available. Here’s what you need to know about the new CompTIA Cloud+ and the beta exam, available now.
How Is the New CompTIA Cloud+ Different?
While still covering the foundational aspects of cloud technology emphasized in CompTIA Cloud+ (CV0-002), the refreshed offering expands in two important areas – security and high-availability.
The new CompTIA Cloud+ covers in greater depth the skills and abilities needed to secure the cloud, validating that candidates have the hands-on experience needed to secure environments regardless of the vendor solution.
In addition to validating the technical security skills cloud engineers need, the exam continues to highlight the importance of compliance requirements – a key function in today’s ever-changing regulatory world.
The refreshed CompTIA Cloud+ (CV0-003) also includes an entire objective dedicated to high-availability – the goal of ensuring around-the-clock access to all your data and software as a service (SaaS) applications. This highlights the move toward cloud-hosted solutions throughout enterprise and small-business.
CompTIA recognizes that in a work-from-home world, it is critical for remote employees to have secure, uninterrupted access to data, applications and the solutions that allow business to succeed. CompTIA Cloud+ validates the skills and abilities that make this possible.
Overall, the CompTIA Cloud+ exam tests candidates in the following areas of cloud computing:
- Cloud architecture and design
- Securing the cloud
- Automation and virtualization
- Optimization of cloud environments
- Disaster recovery
You can download the new exam objectives here.
The Importance of Multi-Vendor Cloud Skills
I heard from an IT industry vice president recently that mergers and acquisitions were starting to “take off again.” The effect of this is that if a large enterprise running Amazon Web Services (AWS) acquires two or three smaller organizations running Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, then cloud engineers would need to understand not just the vendor platform, but the technical underpinnings of the cloud itself so they could work between all the elements of the full cloud stack.
Some enterprises might run multiple infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platforms for years, requiring staff to be able to operate between the major platforms. IT pros who have CompTIA Cloud+ understand the danger of vendor lock-in, and this certification validates they have the skills and knowledge to work across multi-vendor systems.
CompTIA Cloud+ is intended as a mid-career certification, for IT pros with 2 to 3 years of systems administration experience.
Cloud Smart and DoD Proven
CompTIA Cloud+ has been adopted by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to ensure that its personnel and contractors are appropriately trained. In February 2020, CompTIA Cloud+ met the DoD Manual 8570.01 requirements for those who work with sensitive information and need to satisfy specific job requirements.
The DoD approved CompTIA Cloud+ for three vital workforce categories:
- Information Assurance Manager Level I (IAM I)
- Cybersecurity Service Provider Infrastructure Support (CSSP-IS)
- CSSP Analyst (CSSP-A)
In addition to these workforce categories, CompTIA Cloud+ aligns with the U.S. Government Cloud Smart initiative. The cloud is about creating continuously updated, secure and highly available solutions – all of which are key components of the new CompTIA Cloud+ exam and illustrate the need for a security-first mindset that allows for flexible implementations of new technologies.
Take the CompTIA Cloud+ Beta Exam
For a limited time, qualified candidates can register to take the newly updated CompTIA Cloud+ (CV1-003) beta exam for the discounted price of $50 USD. The beta exam will be available for a limited number of candidates, and the formal exam release will occur in the second quarter of 2021. This marks the first time ever that a CompTIA beta exam will be offered through online testing.
To take the CompTIA Cloud+ beta exam, you’ll need the following qualifications:
- Systems administrators, network engineers and cloud engineers with two to three years of hands-on experience
- Familiarity with a major hypervisor
- Hands-on experience using one of the major IaaS platforms
- CompTIA Network+ and Server+ are recommended
Registration for the beta is available through Pearson VUE and can be found using exam code CV1-003. Registration is now open and will be available for a limited number of registrants. Be sure to register and take your exam as early as possible so you don't miss out – the exam is expected to close by October 2020 but may close early if the spots are filled. You must login to your Pearson VUE account in order to register for the beta exam.