Azure Stack Hub, part of the Azure Stack portfolio, is an extension of Azure that enables you to bring the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to your on-premises environment. It extends the power of Azure so your organization can consistently build, deploy, and operate hybrid applications across cloud, datacenter, and edge locations. As an Azure Stack Hub operator, you can run your own autonomous cloud—partially or completely disconnected from the internet and public cloud—and you control access to your own data.
If this is your skill set, we have a new certification for you. The Microsoft Certified: Azure Stack Hub Operator Associate certification validates your expertise in this area and offers you the opportunity to prove your skills. To earn this certification, pass Exam AZ-600: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack Hub, currently in beta.
Is this the right certification for you?
If you’re an Azure administrator or Azure Stack Hub operator who provides cloud services to your end users or customers from within their own datacenter using Azure Stack Hub, you’re on the right path, especially if you plan, deploy, package, update, and maintain the Azure Stack Hub infrastructure. Your responsibilities also include offering hybrid cloud resources and requested services and managing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).
This certification could be a great fit if you have significant experience managing and operating Azure Stack Hub environments. You should also have a strong understanding of Azure, in addition to some knowledge of virtualization, networking, and identity management. And you need to understand how Azure Stack Hub enables DevOps processes and the hybrid development model.
Ready to prove your skills?
Take advantage of the discounted beta exam offer. The first 300 people who take Exam AZ-600 (beta) on or before February 2, 2021, can get 80% off market price!
To receive the discount, when you register for the exam and are prompted for payment, use code AZ600CASCADE. This is not a private access code. The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. As noted, you must take the exam on or before February 2, 2021. Please note that this beta exam is not available in Turkey, Pakistan, India, or China.
Get ready to take Exam AZ-600 (beta):
What about Exam 70-537?
If you’re preparing for Exam 70-537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack Hub, which is an elective for Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Core Infrastructure, remember that Exam 70-537 and the associated certification will be retired on January 31, 2021, so you’ll want to pass your exam by that date.
That being said, you should consider the new Azure Stack Hub Operator Associate certification—and Exam AZ-600 (beta) instead—to help you prove that your knowledge and skills in this specific job role are up to date.
Did you know that you can take any role-based exam online? Online delivered exams—taken from your home or office—can be less hassle, less stress, and even less worry than traveling to a test center—especially if you’re adequately prepared for what to expect. To find out more, check out my blog post Online proctored exams: What to expect and how to prepare.
When do you get your score?
The rescore process starts on the day an exam goes live, and final scores for beta exams are released approximately 10 days after that. For details on the timing of beta exam rescoring and results, read my post Creating high-quality exams: The path from beta to live. For more information, follow me on Twitter (@libertymunson).
Ready to get started?
Remember, the number of spots is limited to the first 300 candidates taking Exam AZ-600 (beta) on or before February 2, 2021.
Pass Exam AZ-600 (beta), earn your certification, and apply your Azure Stack Hub operator skills to working with Azure Stack Hub. Extend the reach of Azure, balance flexibility and control, and bring the fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to your on-premises environment. Plus, earn the recognition that can come with certification, as you manage modern applications in a hybrid cloud, bringing more agility to your workplace with this powerful extension of Azure.
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