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What is AWS CLF

Amazon Web Services (AWS) CLF or CCP, how you want to name it (CLF is the official exam and badge name). as it stands for Certified Cloud Practitioner, with the current version of CLF-C01. AWS CLF is the very first step for any engineer, regardless of their experience in the IT domain, to start understanding and put a step in the world of cloud computing.

CLF with AWS Services

The exam/certificate focuses on many different aspects, some are shared with other exams from AWS, some are CLF-Focused. This includes the concept of cloud computing, comparison of many aspects of networking between On-premise networks and cloud networks. Introduction to AWS and how much does AWS covers/offers of on-premise services on their cloud, ready to be directly initiated and used. AWS most critical aspect when you decide to network on their infrastructure, and that is "Billing", this is a very important and critical concept to really understand and know how to deal with when you start working with AWS networks.

Is AWS-CLF important?

Many tends to skip this exam, and keeps spreading the idea that "SAA is the Associate exam of AWS Services, and it should be the beginning". this can be right and wrong, for reasons like:
  • CLF teaches the concept and basics of cloud computing
  • CLF deals with you as a junior in many networking aspects
  • CLF teaches the Billing and costing methodologies of AWS and how to achieve best practices
  • SAA doesn't go for what is cloud, neither deals with billing and costs!!
  • SAA deals with AWS services from scratch till half way of becoming a hero of AWS
  • SAA contains a ton of different variant services and teaches how to design an application using 3-4 different solutions of AWS!
so these are the main different keys of these 2 exams (SAA stands for Solution Architect Associate), and if you want my POV, start with CLF, this will ease the process of:
  • getting to know Cloud for the first time
  • preparing for SAA exam later

What After CLF?

AWS, at the moment of writing this post, has only 3 Associate exams that you can start with directly, or after passing CLF: Some takes all of the Associates one after another, some focuses on a domain and go like Associate, Specialty, and then Professional. keep following our website and our courses page to check all the latest different AWS courses available from Enjoy and get Certified.

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