Oracle Cloud: Architect Path

Oracle’s Gen2 Infrastructure Cloud as a Service scores high on parameters like cost effectiveness, reliability, security & high performance with low-cost choice of variety of virtual compute shapes, dedicated bare metal, autonomous database, Oracle real application cluster (RAC) that can be consumed as a service, Exadata engineered machines for superior performance of mission critical workloads.

It is a competitor to the market-leaders like, AWS, GCP & Azure. If you’ve taken the AWS cloud certifications then these exams will sound familiar and yes, at times I felt I was doing the same test with an Oracle twist.

OCI Foundations Associate (1Z0-1085)

Foundations Associate
  • Certification Name: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations 2020 Associate
  • Exam Number: 1Z0–1085–20
  • Format: Multiple Choice
  • Exam Duration: 85 minutes
  • Exam Cost: $95
  • Number of Questions: 55
  • Passing Score: 68%

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations Certification provides candidates with foundational knowledge of core cloud computing concepts and an understanding of those services in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. The certification is intended for candidates with technical and nontechnical backgrounds who want to validate their understanding of Oracle Cloud infrastructure.

Exam Topics:

  • Cloud Concepts
  • Getting Started with OCI
  • Core OCI Services
  • Security and Compliance
  • OCI Pricing, Support and Operations

Resources:

OCI Architect Associate (1Z0-1072)

Architect Associate
  • Certification Name: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Associate
  • Exam Number: 1Z0–1072
  • Format: Multiple Choice
  • Exam Duration: 85 minutes
  • Exam Cost: $150
  • Number of Questions: 60
  • Passing Score: 65%

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations Certification provides candidates with foundational knowledge of core cloud computing concepts and an understanding of those services in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. The certification is intended for candidates with technical and nontechnical backgrounds who want to validate their understanding of Oracle Cloud infrastructure.

Exam Topics:

  • Identity and Access Management
  • Networking
  • Advanced Networking Concepts
  • Instantiating a Load Balancer
  • Compute
  • Storage
  • Launching Bare Metal and Virtual Compute Instances
  • Database
  • Advanced Database
  • Architecting Best Practices

Resources:

OCI Architect Professional (1Z0-997)

Architect Professional
  • Certification Name: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Professional
  • Exam Number: 1Z0–997
  • Format: Multiple Choice
  • Exam Duration: 120 minutes
  • Exam Cost: $245
  • Number of Questions: 50
  • Passing Score: 70%

If you are planning to take this exam you need to have the OCI Certified Architect Associate exam passed beforehand. 100% of the questions in this exam are scenario-based. So, extensive hands-on knowledge is required. In the exam blueprint currently you have following information available:

Exam Topics:

  • Plan and Design Solutions in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)
  • Design for Hybrid Cloud Architecture
  • Design, Implement and Operate Databases in OCI
  • Migrate On-Premises Workloads to OCI
  • Implement and Operate Solutions in OCI
  • Design for Security and Compliance

Resources:

Study Material

My study material was really simple. The official OCI documentation is really good and clear so that was my main area what I used. I also used the Technical White Papers section a lot and picked up several good papers which I read.

Here is exam-wise study material:

Final Thoughts

 So if you ask me how to pass this exam the answer is rather simple. You need to put yourself in front of your computer and watch all videos which I’ve linked above and go through all the study material. Although I think it is also good to practice with most of the OCI services and not count only on theoretical knowledge from learning paths in Oracle University. I have been also asked many times about brain dumps usage… well… honestly speaking I am not a big fan of that approach. Mostly because it is just a shortcut approach. Learning answers for the particular set of questions will not make you capable of architecting OCI cloud topologies for the real customers. You need to know all of the topics well. This is the only way to be really professional. I know it is hard, especially when there is no time, but this is only way 🙂 Good luck on your exams! I know from all recent LinkedIn posts and hype that OCI certs are now extremely popular! It is another sign that the OCI community is growing!

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