Amazon Web Services brought its DevOps certification out of beta on Wednesday, publicly releasing the new test and awarding its first batch of certificates.
Amazon introduced the AWS Certified DevOps Engineer course last November to train its partners to lead initiatives involving one of the most important trends in IT, a process that unifies application development and IT operations for rapid software deployment and management.
"As more companies are adopting cloud computing, they are also establishing DevOps practices within their organisations as a way to provide stable, secure, and predictable IT environments and increase IT efficiency," Jeff Barr, chief evangelist at Seattle-based AWS, wrote in the company's blog.
In his blog post, Amazon's Barr wrote that the AWS customers he frequently talks to tell him they are looking for IT pros with cloud computing expertise and special skills focused around DevOps.
"It validates technical expertise in provisioning, operating, and managing distributed application systems on the AWS platform. The exam is intended to identify individuals who are capable of implementing and managing systems which are highly available, scalable, and self-healing on the AWS platform," Barr wrote.
To be eligible for the new certification, engineers must already have attained the ranks of AWS Certified Developer -- Associate or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator -- Associate.
DevOps Engineer is the next step for AWS Certified Developers and SysOps Administrators, Barr wrote.