HP Cloud Architect V1 IT Cert

Top 5 Cloud-Related IT Certifications
By , Mary Kyle

Roughly in tandem with the release of the CompTIA Cloud Essentials certification, HP announced (on November 30, 2011) a trio of Cloud-related certifications in its ExpertONE program (there’s an HP Web page devoted to the company’s entire “Cloud certification portfolio”).

Because only one of these credentials is currently available, it’s the only one covered in Table 2 (but we do provide information and links for the other two in the paragraph that follows this table). Overall, this set of offerings addresses the family of products collectively known as the HP CloudSystem which the company describes as “… a complete, integrated, open solution that enables services across Cloud environments to be built and managed.”

The credential that’s currently available is positioned as the entry-point into HP’s Cloud certifications, and aims to identify individuals who can specify and design across a range of Cloud services, including private Clouds, hybrid and public Cloud environments, using a variety of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (Iaas), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms.

Overall, people who earn this credential should be able to “… navigate through the HP CloudSystem solution offerings and identify, describe, position, and specify the right customer solution based on identified needs.” It’s also interesting to see that HP addresses soft skills in this credential as it states that its training “… will also help individuals learn the technical consulting skills needed to deliver planning and design services.”

Table 2: HP ASE Cloud Architect V1 Facts & Figures

Certification Name

HP ASE Cloud Architect V1

Required courses:

Prerequisite certification: APC - HP Converged Infrastructure Solutions certification required

Number of exams

1 exam Exam HP0-D14 Architecting HP CloudSystem Solutions 

Cost per exam

$175 USD

Exam administered by Prometric. Visit www.prometric.com for additional information on testing.



Self-study materials

Examination prep guide is available from HP for download at http://www.certificationexplorer.com/Documents/HP0-D14.pdf

The other two credential in HP’s current Cloud portfolio include:

  • HP ASE – Cloud Integrator (described as “coming early in 2012;” another source claims availability in February or March) focuses on the abilities needed to build, install, or integrate a private or hybrid Cloud based on HP Cloud Service Automation for Matrix and provisioning software as well as building upon an HP Converged Infrastructure and Matrix foundation. It covers installation and start-up activities, including configuring the hardware, handling operating system and software installs, and adding management instrumentation to servers, networking, and storage components.
  • HP Master ASE – Cloud Integrator (described as “coming mid-year 2012”) covers the full spectrum of Cloud options (private, hybrid, and public) using a foundation based on the HP Converged Infrastructure and the entire collection of HP Cloud Service Automation offerings. This includes provisioning and management of applications and infrastructure, employs industry best practice templates, and is designed to support “… advanced workload optimization and metering, service assurance, application lifecycle management, security, and compliance.”

This paints an interesting picture of the kinds of stratification and certification refinements that we’re likely to see in other vendor’s Cloud certifications as they come on-line (and is more or less in keeping with those from EMC mentioned later in this Top 5 list). I’d also expect the Master ASE in this area to require either one or both of the Cloud ASE credentials in this area as perquisites.

HP’s share of the Cloud computing market is useful to ponder in this context—except for those who already work or plan to work with HP Cloud systems and infrastructure, of which there is much to learn and master. HP enjoys a double-digit share of the Cloud storage market (source: ITProPortal), leads the way for infrastructure elements (Source: CRN), and is also a top 5 player for Cloud platforms, for an industry-leading market share just under 20% (IBM, Dell, Cisco, and Oracle round out the top 5 in that order for overall Cloud market share; Source: CRN).

By our reckoning, for those simply looking for a relatively safe harbor, that makes taking an HP path to Cloud computing certification a reasonably safe bet.