Cloud Computing - CompTIA Cloud Essentials Certification

A beginners guide to all the technical and business aspects of cloud computing and how it affects your organization.
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  • Lectures 33
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

We've all heard of cloud computing and the chances are you are already using it when we access e-mail, watch videos online or listen to music but what exactly is it?

This entry level course explains what actually constitutes cloud computing. We look not only at the technical aspects but the business issues (benefits and risks).

Your trainer is a highly experienced cloud computing architect working for a global IT solutions company and so you are learning from somebody who really knows their stuff and shares with you all their insider tips and knowledge.

Subjects covered include:

  • Models of cloud computing available
  • Learning common cloud terminology
  • Things to consider before moving to the cloud
  • Which parts of the IT department you can move to the cloud
  • Considerations if your cloud provider goes out of business
  • How to migrate your IT services to the cloud
  • Cost considerations (pros and cons)
  • IT Governance and cloud computing (managing it all)
  • Understanding the big vendor options

Take this course if you want to gain confidence and understanding of cloud computing as a technical or business person.

This course will prepare you for the internationally recognized CompTIA Cloud Essentials qualification. Check the CompTIA website for details of examination centres and testing requirements.

This course is entry level so no previous knowledge is assumed. A general understanding of what a computer network is and does will help.

What are the requirements?

  • Have a basic understanding of computing
  • All handouts provided and concepts explained

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Explain the technical aspects of cloud computing
  • Understand the business risks and rewards of cloud computing
  • Explain the cloud solutions offered by Amazon, Google, VMware etc.
  • Understand the deployment models available for cloud computing
  • Explain the differences between Private vs Public Cloud

Who is the target audience?

  • IT students interested in cloud computing
  • Employees interested in the business aspects of the IT infrastructure
  • Company executives who have to make financial or IT business decisions
  • IT staff and freelancers who want to gain an understanding of cloud computing

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to Cloud Computing

Welcome to the course. Here we'll look at what's in store as well as outline the exam associated with it if you choose to take it at a later time.

Please ensure you download the resources pdf on the first lesson of each section. It contains all the presentation slides.


There is a lot of terminology to learn around cloud computing. Here we look at some of the common terms and explain what they mean.


What makes the cloud 'the cloud?' There must be certain characteristics in place in order for the technology to qualify. We find out what in this lesson.


How does virtualization fit in with cloud computing?


The cloud isn't simply the cloud. There are a few models we can use to deploy it if we are using it for our company. We can of course also use the public cloud.


Cloud computing can solve a lot of issues for companies. Here we examine some of the many benefits.


Cloud computing isn't for every organization. There are some negative points so you need to weigh these against the benefits.


Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and other categories.


A visual model helps us understand cloud computing and how the various modules all fit in and work together.

Section 2: Business Perspectives

Why outsource part of your IT infrastructure to the cloud? There are several reasons to go this route.


Here we map traditional computing up against cloud computing to understand the differences.


Scalability, security, availability and more. There are many business aspects to consider.


Here we look at time to market, hardware independence and distribution over the Internet.

Section 3: Technical Perspectives

Here we consider the differences between the public and private cloud models.


We look into SaaS, IaaS etc. in more detail here.


Deployment models include Networking, Federation and Standardization among others.


You need to have an understanding of not just the benefits but possible risks and challenges associated with cloud computing. We examine the most common ones here.


Cloud computing will have an impact on your IT infrastructure and how you use it. Let's look at how.

Section 4: Adopting Cloud Computing

Moving to cloud computing isn't a simple as flicking a switch. Let's look at how it can be adopted correctly.


How is the cloud model managed and controlled? We need to know who owns which responsibility.


What happens if your cloud provider goes out of business? We need to assess and manage this type of risk.


Here we look at Service Oriented Architecture, Service Level Agreements and more.


Here is the recommended series of steps to take to migrate applications to the cloud.

Section 5: Operating Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing Service Management

We look at more advanced ITIL aspects of using the cloud solution.

Section 6: Governing Cloud Computing

We look at organizational challenges including security and compliance.


We compare the traditional in-house setup and running costs to using the cloud. It will be a less predictable cost system on the cloud model.


We consider moving from one cloud provider to another in the case one goes out of business

Section 7: Public Cloud

We look at Google's cloud platform in detail here.

Microsoft Windows Azure

Amazon are a market leader in cloud services. We look at some of their offerings here.

Section 8: Private Cloud

OpenStack allows companies to build their own Amazon style Cloud services in their data centres.


Finally, we look at another market leader in cloud computing VMware.

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Instructor Biography

How To Network, Making IT Easy

We are a team of highly skilled and passionate IT engineers. Our full time jobs range from network architect, designer, security consultant, virtualization engineer, voice engineer, project manager and web developer. Our qualifications range from MCSE, JNCIE to dual Cisco CCIE.

Although most people teaching out there are IT trainers we are IT engineers who also train. There is a big difference as you will see and with over 1000,000 students trained through our classroom IT courses, books and videos you can feel assured that you are in safe hands.

Let us share our real world expertise with you so you not only pass the exam but have the confidence to apply your skills in the real world. Whether you want to work on a help desk or become the go to IT expert for your field we have a course for you.

IT is a rewarding and demanding career and there is a huge demand for skilled people to support small to very large companies. No matter what your age or skill level, there will be a role for you if you are qualified and passionate.

We are looking forward to helping you pass your exam and land your dream IT job.

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