Microsoft certifies two major non-developer paths for Azure professionals: Azure Administrator Associate and Azure Solutions Architect Expert.
If you're familiar with the day-to-day of a traditional on-prem admin, you probably already have a good idea of what that type of role might look like in a cloud-first environment. Per Microsoft's definition, cloud admins are in charge of implementing, monitoring and maintaining Azure infrastructure. Their role spans the full gamut of cloud services, including those pertaining to compute, networking, storage and security.
Cloud administrators are responsible for keeping the company cloud up and running smoothly; their specific tasks can (and usually do) vary significantly from one day to the next according to immediate operational needs.
You need the following technical skills to be a successful cloud admin:
According to Gartner, cloud architects fulfil three main roles within their organizations:
In other words, where the cloud admin takes on more hands-on, day-to-day operational tasks, cloud architects focus the bulk of their efforts on the big-picture side of bringing businesses into the cloud and championing best practices on an ongoing basis.
A cloud architect should possess the following core knowledge and skills:
Here's a quick recap of the main differences between Microsoft's Azure Administrator Associate and Azure Solutions Architect Expert certifications:
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