Studying and passing the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations 2020 exam

A few pointers on my first Oracle Cloud certification

At any given point, I’m usually studying for a technical certification (or re-certification). I had some AWS certifications due for renewal in April 2020, but given the current COVID-19 lockdown, AWS kindly added 6 months to their validity, which meant the time pressure was off.

I’ve been working with Azure more and more over the past couple of years, so I had switched gears to studying for the AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies exam before it changes on 2 June 2020 and is retired later in the year. Although I’ve worked with Azure on a daily basis for several years, when preparing for a certification I like the reassurance of following a structured course.

Scott Duffy’s AZ-300 Azure Architecture Technologies Exam Prep 2020 course on Udemy is good, and he keeps it updated (I think I purchased it in late 2016 for the precursor of the exam, the 70-534). In an early video, “What’s So Great About Cloud Computing?”, he quotes the RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud Report. His emphasis is that Azure is a close second behind AWS. However, at number 6 of 7 in the list of “currently used by enterprises”, we see:

  • Oracle Cloud - 16% (up 6%)
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Studying and passing the AWS DevOps Engineer Pro exam

I’m going to share a few pointers on my journey to studying for, and passing, the AWS DevOps Engineer Professional exam.

If the exam had been called, “AWS Solutions Architect - DevOps Professional”, I feel that would have been closer to what’s in the exam. The 80 questions were all mini-scenarios requiring a “solution”. In the exam blueprint, one of the bullet-points in “General IT Knowledge” was

Multi-tier architectures: load balancers, caching, web servers, application servers, databases, and networking

and these formed the basis of most scenarios, so ensure that you are comfortable with multi-tier architectures, particularly load balancers, database back-ends, what can be cached.

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