At its core, Azure is a platform for public cloud computing that offers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions. These solutions can be used for a variety of services, including analytics, virtual computing, storage, networking, and much more. Your on-premise servers can be supplemented or replaced with it.

The cloud provider with the quickest growth is Microsoft Azure. The final quarter of 2018 saw an astounding 76% increase in Azure’s revenue. The need for Azure specialists is growing as more companies shift their IT infrastructure to Microsoft’s cloud platform. Due to the dearth of candidates with in-depth Azure experience, many businesses look to certifications as proof that a candidate possesses the necessary expertise.

Microsoft offered three key examinations to gauge proficiency with Azure until the year’s end: 70-532, 70-533, and 70-535. These tests have all been discontinued. Why? Many people complained to Microsoft that the exams covered a wide spectrum of abilities that few IT workers would possess. Microsoft conducted a study into how users of Azure in various roles use it before overhauling their certifications.

As a result, Microsoft now offers a greater selection of Azure certifications depending on roles. Administrator, Developer, Architect, DevOps Engineer, Security Engineer, and others are among the roles.

A crucial position that is in high demand is cloud architect. What do cloud architects actually do? An overview of Cloud Roster, the job roles matrix from Cloud Academy, is provided below

“The technical specifications of a project must be transformed by a cloud architect into the architecture and design that will direct the finished product.”

The Microsoft Azure Administrator Course has more specific requirements:

“Candidates should possess extensive expertise and knowledge in a range of IT operations-related fields, such as networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data management, budgeting, and governance. Candidates must be experts in at least one of the following three areas: Azure administration, Azure development, and DevOps”

Wait a second. That covers a really broad range of subjects. Microsoft said that the scope of its new certifications will be more limited than it was before. That is, however, only true for Associate-level credentials like Administrator and Developer. Expert-level qualifications like Solutions Architect are not affected.

You must pass the AZ-300 and AZ-301 tests in order to become certified as an Azure Solutions Architect. Before taking these exams, you are not required to pass any Associate-level tests. Azure technology is the subject of the AZ-300 exam, whereas design is the focus of the AZ-301 test.