What is EMC Cloud Architect?

EMC offers EMCCA certificates in three level for IT Professionals to develop their career paths in cloud computing and its facilities. These certified professionals will be able to implement a virtualized environment using cloud computing for managing purposes and maintain virtual data centres.

The first certification in this track is Associate level certificate. This certification is attained by passing an Associate level examination. This exam is for 90 minutes and it consist of approximately 65 questions. This exam mainly deals with cloud computing and its basic functionalities like security, infrastructure, strategies for migration. EMC provides VILT and ILT for this exam. The main topics covered in this exam are

Cloud Primer and functionalities of Cloud

This includes the understanding of features of cloud computing, activities and phases involved in it, deployment of cloud and its service modules and its benefits and challenges.

Classic Data Centre

This includes the understanding of RAID technologies, networking options in storage like IP SAN, NAS DAS, FCoE, replication and backup and managements of data centres in various environments.

Virtual Data Centre

This includes the understanding of Virtualization computing, Provisioning and storage in virtual machines, virtual SAN and LAN, virtualization in Desktop and Applications and continuity in business using virtual data centres.

Cloud services and its management

This includes the knowledge of Cloud infrastructure, its management, security problems in cloud computing and best methods to cloud migration.

The second certification in the track is Specialist level certification. This certification is attained by passing a Specialist level examination. It's a 90 minutes examination with approximately 60 questions. This exam deals mainly with designing and planning VDCs and cloud environment. EMC provides two training course for the preparation of this exam. Cloud and Data centre virtualization through ILT and Designing and planning infrastructure through VILT. The main topics covered in this exam are

Cloud and VDC

This includes the understanding of business drivers and features in Cloud and Virtualised data centre (VDC).

Components of Cloud architecture and VDC

This involves the understanding of assessing requirements of business, performing analysis of application inventory, virtualization applications for server and migration plan development.

Compliance, risk and Governance

This includes the understanding of Compliance, risk and Governance.

Storage components in VDC and cloud

This involves the knowledge in security and protection of data and scalability of storage.

Computation

This includes the understanding of fault tolerance and load balancing, designing backups and DR solutions and planning allocations for resources.

Network components in VDC and cloud

This includes the understanding of wide and local area networks, storage and converged area networks and security of these area networks.

Infrastructure as a Service introduction.

This involves the understanding of IaaS, business transformation and management of services, its configuration.

The third certification in this track is Expert level certification. This certification is attained by passing the Expert level exam for this track. This exam mainly deals with designing and planning of Infrastructure as a service knowledge. This exam is for 120 minutes and it contains approximately 60 questions. The main topics covered in this exam are

Discovery, Assessment and evaluation

This involves the understanding of the basics on assessment and discovery, gathering data and performing analysis.

Governance and organizational plan

This involves the understanding of governance and organizational plans.

Planning and designing ITaaS

This includes the knowledge of ITaaS environment's broad network access, elasticity, on-demand self-service and measured services, and resource pooling,

Security and trust

This includes the understanding of vulnerabilities and threats, authentication models, security of operational, private, public and hybrid cloud securities.

Management and Service Design

This includes the understanding and knowledge in deployment, creation, operation, management and termination of services.

One should have enough experience in these topics before attempting any of the exams. One should follow the training courses provided by EMC for a better score. Proper planning and preparation can help one to attain this certification easily.