Azure certification path 2021



Microsoft Azure is the cloud computing platform built by Microsoft. It provides a range of services, such as Azure SQL Database, Azure Storage and others. The main product that you can find on this platform is Virtual Machines (VM), which allow developers to deploy their applications in the cloud using virtual machines.

Azure Certified Solutions Architect (ACSA)

Azure Certified Solutions Architect (ACSA) is a new certification launched in October 2018. It’s the first of its kind, and it validates your ability to design, build and deploy cloud solutions on Azure.

The ACSA certification requires you to pass two exams: ACSA: Cloud Architect Professional 3.0 and ACSA: Cloud Architect Professional 4.0. These exams test your knowledge of cloud architecture principles such as networking, security and storage considerations for both public clouds like Azure with their own features as well as hybrid clouds where multiple public clouds are combined together into one solution that can be managed by an IT team responsible for all aspects of the environment including infrastructure management, application deployment/configuration management etc.,

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect - the new name for Hybrid Storage Solution Architect (HSSAA)


HSSAA is the new name for Hybrid Storage Solution Architect (HSSAA). This certification will allow you to architect and deploy hybrid cloud storage solutions in Azure.

The prerequisites for ACSA are:

  • Understanding of the Microsoft Azure platform, including features and functionality of virtual machines, services, compute resources, networks and other infrastructure components that make up an operating system image (OSI) -
  • Familiarity with data protection technologies such as Backup & Recovery Services (BRS) or Continuous Availability Service Bus as well as some knowledge about how they work together with other components such as Identity & Access Management (IAM), Logging services etc.

Azure Certified Solutions Engineer (CSE)

CSE is the entry-level certification for Azure. As a solution architect, you'll be responsible for building and managing solutions that run on Azure. You'll also be responsible for creating application models with code and design, testing your solutions in various scenarios (such as load testing), deploying them in production environments and monitoring performance metrics to ensure they meet business requirements.

This certification is designed to help you build and manage Azure solutions so you can move on to more advanced certifications like CSP or MCSE

Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSE)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSE) is a professional credential from Microsoft that is highly respected and sought after. It’s a full stack developer and architect, so it’s great if you want to increase your salary or get more job offers.

Career path for those who want to become a full stack developer and architect on Microsoft Azure

As a Microsoft Azure Certified Solutions Architect (ACSA), you will be able to design and implement solutions on the cloud. You will also be able to manage your own projects, which means that you're in charge of all aspects of the project lifecycle, from planning through implementation, testing and deployment.

As an ACSA with a focus on Azure, you'll have knowledge of all services that are part of the platform—regardless if they're available as free software or licensed products: compute instances, storage accounts and blobs; networking capabilities; databases including SQL Server Database Express instances; messaging systems such as Active Message Queuing over HTTP(S) or Cloud Service Bus Queue/Topic System Messages via SDKs written in C#/.NET/.NET Core 2.0/.NET Standard 2.


This blog has provided a glimpse into the Azure certification path. With any certification, it’s important to have an understanding of what skills and knowledge are required by the industry to be successful in your career. For example, many developers may find success as an Azure Solutions Architect if they already have experience with cloud architecture best practices or have worked on projects involving distributed storage solutions in their past roles (e.g., as a software engineer).