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Cloud Computing Fundamentals: Overview

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Cloud computing is massively growing in importance in the IT sector as more and more companies are eschewing traditional IT and moving applications and business processes to the cloud. This course provides IT professionals with a working definition of cloud computing, explores the technological precursors of today's cloud, as well as the current technologies the cloud is dependent on. Also covered are the benefits and drawbacks of cloud computing for the IT department and business as a whole. It then explores in more detail the different types of services that have become available in the cloud with examples of key pioneers in those areas.

Target Audience
IT professionals including managers, engineers, and technical staff evaluating or implementing cloud computing applications and services


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Cloud Computing Fundamentals: Overview

  • start the course
  • describe the development of computing from mainframes to the cloud
  • list the key technologies that enable cloud computing
  • define cloud computing according to relevant standards
  • define the core attributes of a cloud computing service
  • list the three main cloud service models
  • recognize STaaS, CaaS, BPaaS, and other cloud service models
  • evaluate security issues in cloud services against traditional IT
  • evaluate cloud services in a number of areas including levels of control and interoperability
  • describe the function of service-level agreements in cloud services
  • describe use cases for the cloud from the perspective of users and different types of business
  • describe compliance and regulatory issues as they pertain to the cloud
  • describe the barriers to cloud adoption and changing attitudes to cloud
  • describe how cloud services can be stacked to form complete solutions
  • describe the Infrastructure as a Service or IaaS cloud service model
  • describe the Platform as a Service or PaaS cloud service model
  • describe the Software as a Service or SaaS cloud service model
  • describe the cost of cloud computing compared to traditional IT in terms of Capital Expense or CAPEX and Operational Expense or OPEX
  • describe the four main cloud deployment models
  • describe costing considerations for different cloud deployment models
  • assess an application's suitability to move to the cloud
  • determine the suitability for given IT services to be moved to the cloud
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