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AWS certification pays off


The name Amazon is known, at least in the IT world, not only as the world's largest online retailer, but also as the world's largest cloud provider. Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers classic cloud computing on the one hand. You can rent servers in the cloud on demand - also known as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Furthermore, AWS offers so-called managed services, where you no longer have to take care of the underlying infrastructure yourself. This service offering is listed under the term Platform as a Service (PaaS) and offers users more time to concentrate on the development of business-relevant requirements. PaaS now represents the majority of AWS's range of offerings, which are increasingly moving in the direction of a serverless architecture. [1]

What are the different AWS certifications offered?

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AWS offers a number of certifications that differ in their focus and level of detail. Basically, a distinction can be made between the DevOps Engineer role, reflected in the DevOps Engineer Professional, and the Architect role, reflected in the Solutions Architect Professional.

The role of the DevOps engineer plays a special role, especially in the cloud. It combines all functions in one person, from the development of the software to the integration into the cloud and its operation. Therefore, a DevOps Engineer must know the interfaces and technical concepts of the different AWS services and how to best integrate them into the software.  In keeping with the DevOps idea, the DevOps Engineer must also optimise and automate as many processes as possible within the development cycle.  The role of the DevOps Engineer is particularly important in the cloud.

The role of the Solutions Architect in the Cloud deals with the design of an architecture for the Cloud. He knows the different design patterns and use cases and how to implement them in the AWS Cloud in the best possible way using the services offered by AWS. .

Why is AWS certification worthwhile for a software product?

AWS certification offers several benefits, which we look at below from the perspectives of software architecture and DevOps culture

AWS certification offers a great advantage, especially during an upcoming migration, but also for architecture decisions in general. As the range of AWS services currently comprises around 200 services, it is important to gain a good overview before deciding on a particular architecture. Thanks to the extensive training provided as part of the AWS certification, it is much easier to decide on the right solution in the area of managed services and serverless architecture during the conception phase. 

Another advantage is the formation of a DevOps culture. The DevOps principle is not necessarily tied to the cloud or a technical tool, but includes a philosophy. In this philosophy, operations are no longer seen as a separate entity from development. Rather, they merge into a single entity where the same principles apply as in software development. With its programmatic interface (API) and the multitude of service offerings, the cloud provides the necessary foundations for DevOps to reach its full potential. The services here range from CI/CD (Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery) to Infrastructure as Code (IaC)

Fixed components of the AWS certification include knowledge of the respective services that contribute to the implementation of a DevOps culture and a way of working that reflects this.  

Our services in the area of AWS Cloud

Woodmark has several years of experience with the AWS Cloud. This extends from the migration of existing on premise software to the development of applications and infrastructure, right through to operation in the cloud.  

Our employees are familiar with the wide range of services offered in the AWS Cloud and design and implement the best possible architecture for you. By outsourcing, you use the full potential of the cloud and can focus again on the development of business-relevant requirements.  

In the area of DevOps and agility, we also establish an optimal development process in your company, both on the technical side and on the procedural and methodological side. For this purpose, we offer professional coaching, workshops or trainings and show you and your team how to establish a DevOps culture and which tools of the AWS Cloud support you in this.  


[1] https://www.statista.com/chart/18819/worldwide-market-share-of-leading-cloud-infrastructure-service-providers/

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Dennis has been working as a software developer at Woodmark since 2018 and is focusing on the topics of Big Data and Cloud as part of his customer projects. He is enthusiastic about the diverse possibilities of the cloud and an advocate of the DevOps idea. He particularly enjoys accompanying the complete lifecycle of the software, from development to integration into the cloud landscape and integration into operations.

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