Day 550 Of 100 Days of Cloud: Ringing In The New Year Right

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January 3, 2022 is Day 550 of 100 Days of cloud. I started this challenge July 5, 2020. It has been a learning experience.


Since Day 525 of 100 Days of Cloud, I have completed

  • 12/13-12/16 – Attended SC-300 the Microsoft Certification Week for Partners
  • 12/16 – Sit for the AZ-305 Azure Solutions Architect Expert beta exam
  • 12/19 – Accepted into the Google Cloud Jumpstart Program
  • 12/22 – Oracle Cloud extended its free exam prep and certification promotion until Feb. 2022
  • 01/02 – Complete the AZ-500 December 2021 Microsoft Cloud Skills Challenge for a free voucher

SC-300 Microsoft Certification Week for Partners

This free 4-day training saved my fanny with the AZ-305 beta exam because none of the training prep materials covered Azure AD from an administrator’s viewpoint. I never forgot how on day 4 the instructor reviewed entitlement management and that was the correct answer on the exam. I wrote both companies about my experience and how to update their product.

Since then I also received my free exam voucher and practice exam. I will sit for this exam first quarter 2022.

Sit for the AZ-305 Azure Solutions Architect Expert Beta Exam

When Azure says that it is an expert exam believe them it is an expert exam. This is harder than AZ-700. I have used a lot of AZ-700 while taking this exam. I have also created an AZ-305 roadmap if you’re interested in sitting for this exam.

I am very interested in receiving my results either later this month or early February.

Accepted Into Google Cloud Jumpstart Program

I am giddy with excitement over this because being multi-cloud is big. GCP is the number 3 public cloud in the US behind AWS and Azure. Now I am afforded the opportunity to be GCP certified. Before I start this program, I will pass the GCP Cloud Digital Leader (fundamental exam) to gain the basic terminology. I need to be able to understand the core concepts before pursuing my Associate Cloud Engineer certification. Finally, it would be so cool to be both an Azure cloud engineer and GCP cloud engineer.

Oracle Cloud Extended Its Free Cloud Certification Promotion Until February 2022

This is big news because cloud computing is still very much in demand. Oracle Cloud is a top 5 US public cloud. Its extending its free promotion is great for anyone who is interested in getting certified but does not have the money for the fees and training. I have used this promotion to recertify my Oracle Cloud Foundations Associate.

I am also a big advocate of using this promotion even though Oracle Cloud is not AWS, Azure or GCP because you’d rather be cloud certified than not. Once you’re Oracle Cloud certified then you can learn the ropes and move up to the Big 3 public clouds.

The promotion ends February 28, 2022.

Completed The AZ-500 December 2021 Microsoft Cloud Skills Challenge

Yesterday I completed this challenge and the corresponding form to receive my free exam voucher by January 10, 2022. I am glad that Microsoft has restored its monthly cloud skills challenge if only for US residents. I have used this program to receive my DP-900, AI-900, SC-900, AZ-104 and AI-100 certification exams.

What’s next?

                January is very big for me.

  • Write my Microsoft Security book review
  • CISSP exam prep training
  • Google Cloud Jumpstart Program
  • Receive my AZ-305 beta exam results (possible)

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