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USD $655 $327.50 eLearning Kit only

Cloud computing is now mainstream. While many in IT understand the technology components that enable the cloud, it is the concepts and reasons that are missing. This course ensures you understand the right approach to architecting cloud solutions and what to do to enable cloud from both a provider and a consumer view.

You’ll learn the business needs and the technology enablers that lead to the creation of the cloud as well as the design patterns and approaches necessary to ensure you are building a cloud solution that meets the needs of your employer or your clients. You can also take the on-line exam to get a Digital Badge to show your expertise in this field.

Get a sample of the contents of this course with this short video lesson that shows Who does what in a Cloud? This second video lesson is an introduction to Understanding Cloud Computing. Both of these topics are part of Module 1 of the course.

The eLearning kit bundle provides access to a 5 Module course bundle that will be available for 1 year from the date of purchase. The course outline is provided in the Details tab, you can also download a pdf version here.


Intended for

IT Professionals, Technical Architects, Enterprise Architects, Solution Architects, Infrastructure Architects, anyone that wants to understand more about the cloud.


 

Learning Outcomes

A comprehensive understanding of cloud concepts and design patterns including:

  • Elasticity, Resiliency, On-Demand and Measured Usage
  • Benefits, Challenges, and Risks of Contemporary Cloud Computing
  • Business Cost Metrics and Formulas for Comparing and Calculating Cloud and On-Premise Solution Costs
  • Virtual Servers, Ready-Made Environments, Failover Systems, and Pay-for-Use Monitors
  • An Introduction to Containerization, Container Hosting and Logical Pod Containers
  • A Comparison of Containerization and Virtualization
  • Container Sidecars and Container Chains
  • Self-Provisioning and Platform Provisioning
  • Rich Containers and Logical Pod Containers
  • Cloud Balancing and Cloud Bursting Architectures
  • Common Risks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities of Cloud-based Services and Cloud-hosted Solutions
  • Cloud Security Mechanisms Used to Counter Threats and Attacks
  • Understanding Cloud-Based Security Groups and Hardened Virtual Server Images
  • Workload Distribution and Service State Management
  • Zero Downtime and Storage Maintenance Window
  • Burst In, Burst Out and Cloud Bursting
  • Cloud Balancing

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The course is available as eLearning kits for self-study or as a Virtual Workshop with or without exam vouchers. You'll need to purchase the exam vouchers if you are planning to attain the relevant certification. If choosing a workshop, please also choose the relevant dates and timezones.


 

Exams & Certification

  • The exams required for certification can be taken at any Pearson VUE testing center in the world or online via Pearson VUE Online Proctoring.
  • Please ensure you purchase the correct exam voucher as they are not exchangable.

 

Note: All quoted pricing is excluding GST. For customers in Australia GST will be added during the check-out process.

Topics Covered 
The following topics are covered during the course 

Module 1 Fundamental Cloud Computing
This foundational course module provides end-to-end coverage of fundamental cloud computing topics as they pertain to both technology and business considerations. The course content is divided into a series of modular sections, each of which is accompanied by one or more hands-on exercises.

The following primary topics are covered:

  • Fundamental Cloud Computing Terminology and Concepts
  • Basics of Virtualization
  • Specific Characteristics that Define a Cloud
  • Understanding Elasticity, Resiliency, On-Demand and Measured Usage
  • Benefits, Challenges and Risks of Contemporary Cloud Computing Platforms and Cloud Services
  • Cloud Resource Administrator and Cloud Service Owner Roles
  • Cloud Service and Cloud Service Consumer Roles
  • Understanding the Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud Delivery Model
  • Understanding the Platform as a Service (PaaS) Cloud Delivery Model
  • Understanding the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud Delivery Model
  • Combining Cloud Delivery Models
  • Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Community Cloud
  • Deployment Models
  • Business Cost Metrics and Formulas for Comparing and Calculating
  • Cloud and On-Premise Solution Costs
  • Formulas for Calculating and Rating SLA Quality of Service Characteristics

 

Module 2 Cloud Technology Concepts
This course module explores a range of the most important and relevant technology-related topics that pertain to contemporary cloud computing platforms. The course content does not get into implementation or programming details, but instead keeps coverage at a conceptual level, focusing on topics that address cloud servicearchitecture, cloud security threats and technologies, virtualization and containerization.

Proven technologies are defined and classified as concrete architectural building blocks called “mechanisms”. The purpose of this course is to introduce cloud computing-related technology topics in a manner that is accessible to a wide range of IT professionals, as well as to empower participants with an understanding of the fundamental mechanics of a cloud platform, how the different “moving parts” can be combined, and how to address common threats and pitfalls.

The following primary topics are covered:

  • Cloud Computing Mechanisms that Establish Architectural Building Blocks
  • Virtual Servers, Containers, Ready-Made Environments, Failover Systems and Pay-Per-Use Monitors
  • Automated Scaling Listeners, Multi-Device Brokers and Resource Replication
  • Understanding How Individual Cloud Computing Mechanisms Support Cloud Characteristics
  • An Introduction to Containerization, Container Hosting and Logical Pod Containers
  • A Comparison of Containerization and Virtualization
  • Cloud Balancing and Cloud Bursting Architectures
  • Common Risks, Threats and Vulnerabilities of Cloud-based Services and Cloud-hosted Solutions
  • Cloud Security Mechanisms used to Counter Threats and Attacks
  • Understanding Cloud-Based Security Groups and Hardened Virtual Server Images
  • Cloud Service Implementation Mediums (including Web Services and REST Services)
  • Cloud Storage Benefits and Challenges, Cloud Storage Services, Technologies and Approaches
  • Non-Relational (NoSQL) Storage Compared to Relational Storage
  • Cloud Service Testing Considerations and Testing Types
  • Service Grids and Autonomic Computing
  • Cloud Computing Industry Standards Organizations

 

Module 4 Fundamental Cloud Architecture
This course module provides provides a technical drill-down into the inner workings and mechanics of foundational cloud computing platforms. Private and public cloud environments are dissected into concrete, componentized building blocks (referred to as “patterns”) that individually represent platform feature-sets, functions and/or artifacts, and are collectively applied to establish distinct technology architecture layers. Building upon these foundations, Software-asa-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructureas-a-Service (IaaS) environments are further explored as compound patterns, comprised of unique and shared building blocks.

The course is structured as a guided tour through these architectural layers, describing primary components, highlighting
shared components, exploring containerization extensions and explaining how building blocks can be assembled and
implemented via cloud computing mechanisms and practices.

The following primary topics are covered:

  • Understanding the Technology Architecture of Private Clouds and Public Clouds
  • Understanding the Technology Architecture of SaaS, PaaS and ISaaS Environments
  • Automated Administration and Centralized Remote Administration
  • Container Sidecars and Container Chains
  • Self-Provisioning and Platform Provisioning
  • Rich Containers and Logical Pod Containers
  • Bare-Metal Provisioning and Resource Management
  • Single-Node Multi-Containers and Multipath Resource Access
  • Usage Monitoring and Broad Access
  • Realtime Resource Availability and Pay-as-You-Go
  • Shared Resources and Resource Pooling
  • Rapid Provisioning and Resource Reservation
  • Non-Disruptive Service Relocation and Service State Management
  • Workload Distribution and Dynamic Scalability

 

Module 5 Advanced Cloud Architecture
This course module builds upon CCP Module 4 to provide a deep dive into elastic, resilient, multitenant and containerized technology architectures, as well as specialized solution architectures, such as cloud bursting and cloud balancing.

Through the study of architectural mechanisms, industry technologies and design patterns, both core and extended components are described that combine to realize elasticity, resiliency, multitenancy and associated containerization extensions as primary characteristics of cloud platforms. By leveraging these native and enhanced scalability and failover-related feature-sets, specialized solution architectures are described to enable bursting between clouds and on-premise and cloud environments, as well as the balancing of runtime loads across clouds for performance and failover purposes.
The course organizes content so that architectural layers are explored sequentially and, where appropriate, in relation to each other.

Newly introduced primary components are described and shared components across architectural layers are highlighted

The following primary topics are covered:

  • Understanding the Technology Architecture of Elastic, Resilient, Multitenant and Containerized Environments
  • Elastic Resource Capacity and Elastic Network Capacity
  • Multi-Container Isolation Control and Volatile Container Configuration
  • Serverless Deployment and Elastic Disk Provisioning
  • Leader Node Election and Micro Scatter-Gather
  • Hypervisor Clustering and Redundant Storage
  • Storage Service Gateway and Live Storage Migration
  • LUN Storage and LUN Migration
  • Dynamic Failure Detection and Recovery and Zero Downtime
  • Service Load Balancing and Load Balanced Virtual Server Instances
  • Load Balanced Virtual Switches and Persistent Virtual
  • Network Configurations
  • Dynamic Data Normalization and Synchronized Operating State
  • Intra-Storage Device Vertical Tiering and Cross-Storage Device Vertical Tiering
  • Storage Workload Management and Storage Maintenance Window
  • Direct I/O Access and Direct LUN Access
  • Redundant Physical Connection for Virtual Servers
  • Cloud Bursting, including Burst In and Burst Out to Private/Public Clouds
  • Cloud Balancing

 

Module 6 Cloud Architecture Lab
A hands-on lab during which participants apply the patterns, models, concepts, techniques, and mechanisms covered in previous courses, in order to complete a series of architectural and design exercises.

This course module presents participants with a series of exercises and problems that are designed to test their ability to apply their knowledge of topics covered previously in course modules 4 and 5. Completing this lab will help highlight areas that require further attention and will further prove hands-on proficiency in cloud computing design patterns, technology architecture layers, mechanisms, industry technologies and practices as they are applied and combined to solve real-world problems involving IaaS, PaaS and SaaS environments. As a hands-on lab, this course provides a set of detailed exercises, that require participants to solve a number of inter-related problems, with the ultimate goal of evaluating, designing and correcting technology architectures to fulfill specific sets of solution and business automation requirements.


 

 

Note: All quoted pricing is excluding GST. For customers with a billing address in Australia, GST will be added during the check-out process.



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