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Lead the Way with New Cloud Skills

IT pros are now called upon to adapt existing skills and develop new skill sets to meet the demand for emerging cloud job roles.


Editor's Note: Cloud Skills Move You to the Front of the Demand Curve

It’s becoming clear that a move to cloud solutions opens up new opportunities for IT professionals if they are open to adapting their current skills and building new skillsets around managing IT services.


Cloud Computing White Paper: What IT Professionals Need to Know and Learn

This paper explores the advantages of moving to the cloud and outlines the delta skill sets IT pros will want to acquire. It describes what the cloud offers and how it applies to and impacts existing infrastructure, including such issues as cost, security, data control, and integrity.


CRN: Cloud Computing Skills Demand Skyrocketing

The demand for cloud computing skills has exploded, with hiring for cloud computing expertise growing 61 percent year over year, according to a recent report from Wanted Analytics, a talent research firm.

CIO: How to Retool Your IT Skills for the Cloud

Cloud Computing Journal: Eleven Tips for Successful Cloud Computing Adoption


Register for the 24 Hours in a Private Cloud Virtual Event

May 10, 2012 -- During the 24 hours of this online event, you will hear from top industry and technical professionals from around the world to help you better understand the Microsoft private cloud technology solutions that are available today. See how other industry organizations view the public cloud and how the role of the IT Professional will evolve as more and more organizations begin a private cloud transformation.


Gain Certifiable Expertise

Get Started with a Private Cloud Certification

Cloud technology creates new opportunities and job roles, but it also impacts current ones. We recommend that you start by building skills that apply to both on-premise computing and cloud computing.

MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solution Expert) Certification Reinvented for the Cloud

Private Cloud Jump Start


Special Offer: Fast Track to the Cloud with Two-for-One Exams

To help you get current and get to the cloud Microsoft is offering a limited time "Two for One" priced exam pack. Purchase and take a qualifying exam at full price by June 30, 2012 and you’ll receive a voucher valid for a complimentary MCSA or MCSE exam in the next version of the same technology path when it becomes available.


Microsoft Virtual Academy Private Cloud Training Courses

Learn how to optimize and deploy the private cloud starting at the infrastructure layer.

MVA Course: Enhancing Your Business and Career with the Private Cloud


Microsoft Virtual Academy System Center 2012 Training Courses

Gain in-depth knowledge on the new System Center 2012 product, while building the necessary skills to grow in your IT role and career.


20 Years | 20 Ways: Grow Your Career, Seed Your Community

Celebrate our first 20 years of Microsoft Certification with 20 Years | 20 Ways, a year-long effort that lets you grow your career and seed opportunity for the next generation.


Go Hands-On

Download Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Software

Download Microsoft System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and start building your Microsoft private cloud today.

Kick-Start Your Evaluation with Microsoft Private Cloud Guided Labs

Download the Private Cloud Evaluation Guide


Related Technet Features

System Center 2012: Private Cloud Ready

Microsoft private cloud solutions are built using Windows Server with Hyper-V and System Center – the combination of which provides enterprise class virtualization, end-to-end service management and deep insight into applications.


Critical Career Paths for IT Pros

System Center 2012 is now available as the most cost effective and flexible platform for managing your traditional datacenters, private and public clouds, and client computers and devices.