In this blog post, we will be discussing the recent change in the Azure Certification exam. Recently, Microsoft has announced a new version of the AZ-103 exam. This new version, apparently known as AZ-104 will be introduced in late March/early April. For people who have already started preparing for AZ-103, the good news is that they will still be able to take this 103 exam for ~90 days after the release of AZ-104. So, they should be able to give the exam until June.
Also, you may ask if my current certificate would be valid if I already cleared the exam? Yes, if you have already cleared the exam then your certificate will be valid for 2 years.
Changes introduced in the AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Certification Exam:
- There is a change in the Percentage weightage of sections in AZ-104.
- Two sections (“subscriptions” and “identity”) are merged into one (identity) section. There will be less emphasis on this.
- New topics such as web apps and Kubernetes will be there in the AZ-104 Azure Certification exam.
Why WebApps and Kubernetes? Previously, everything was based on IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) but now with time, things are moving to PaaS (Platform as a Service). Due to this shift, there are 2 major services that are drawn out from N number of services available. These two are WebApps and Kubernetes. WebApps are based on monolithic architecture while Kubernetes is founded on the microservices architecture.
A monolithic application is built as a single and indivisible unit. Usually, such a solution comprises a client-side user interface, a server side-application, and a database. It is unified and all the functions are managed and served in one place.
While a monolithic application is a single unified unit, a microservices architecture breaks it down into a collection of smaller independent units. These units carry out every application process as a separate service. So all the services have their own logic and the database as well as perform the specific functions.
Out of both the architectures, Microservices one is the preferred one. The reason Kubernetes has been added is to make use of this architecture. Kubernetes, a component management system developed by Google, provides a configurable layer for deploying, managing, and scaling the parts of a microservices application.
So these were the changes that were introduced in the new AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Certification Exam. If there are any more changes in the Azure Administrator exam, we will notify you through our blogs. Meanwhile, you can also click here to read my blog post on everything you need to know about the AZ-103 Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification exam.
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