AWS vs. Azure vs. Cloud+: To specialize, generalize or both?


Cloud technology is continuing to grow. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure are two cloud providers and platforms that are dominating the cloud space, but they are not alone. Other cloud platforms include Google Cloud, IBM Bluemix and Alibaba, and that’s not even all of them.

With these multiple options, it may be tough to decide what training and certification route to take. In this article, we will discuss all three options and evaluate which may be the best fit.


AWS is currently ranked as the number one cloud service provider. They currently partner with many of the other big-name providers such as VMware, C3 and SAP, giving them an increased hold on the cloud market. Their partnerships provide them with an opportunity to provide many hybrid options to their enterprise customers. 

With its continued growth and popularity, there is no sign of this cloud giant slowing down their stronghold of the coveted number one slot. That makes AWS-specific training and certification attractive.

AWS has multiple certifications, training paths and technical specialties. Below is a list of available AWS certification options:


The foundational certification requires at least six months of cloud knowledge.


The Associate certification requires at least one year of cloud experience that includes troubleshooting issues and implementation of AWS cloud solutions. The Associate level certifications are broken into separate learning paths, either architect-, operations- or developer-focused.


This professional certification requires at least two years of experience designing, operating and troubleshooting AWS cloud solutions. There are two focus areas available in the professional domain, the Solutions Architect and DevOps Engineer.


There are also specialized AWS certifications. The person seeking one of these specialties will have technical experience in the area as described below:

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