Course Description

Business Introduction to Cloud course covers knowledge and understanding of the main cloud computing principles and concepts. Topics include: characteristics of cloud services from a business perspective, the business value of cloud computing; technical perspective/cloud types; steps to successful adoption; impact and changes on IT service management.

The course will begin by first establishing the definition of cloud computing, then describing the various service delivery models of a cloud computing architecture and the ways in which clouds can be deployed as public, private, hybrid, and community model, followed by a review of the security and privacy issues specific to the cloud computing environment and a deep review of Cloud Service Models. The course also covers the Economics of Cloud Computing and the Cloud Risk Assessment.

Learning Objectives:

Individuals certified at this level will be able to:

  • Identify and explore the latest business and technology trends in Cloud Computing IT governance concepts and benefits
  • Understand the difference between Proprietary and Open Standard based Cloud Solution Relationship between stakeholder needs and governance
  • Understand the importance of Open Standards and Interoperability
  • Assess the potential of Open Source applied to Cloud Computing and explore its Business Model Components

Benefits of Taking This Course:

At the end of this course, participants will enjoy these benefits:

  • Cloud Business Associate Certificate
  • Interact and learn from peers in this intensive , group-learning exercise



5 Days


Target Audience

This course is designed for managers and professionals that need to understand the business potential of Cloud Computing and its underlying technology to be able to assess its impact into their companies and businesses. The course is appropriate for those wishing to develop professionally, increase their cloud knowledge and skills, apply a formalized and standards-based approach to Cloud Architecture and Administration, and seek career advancement by moving into a formal Cloud project manager job role, as well as to those interested in a Cloud Career path wishing to apply for advanced Cloud Professional certifications.


Course Prerequisites

Basic computing skills and good familiarity with the Internet are the recommended for this course. No specific technical background is required for the Cloud Associate level.


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Course Content

Module 1: Cloud Computing Fundamentals:

Understanding Cloud Computing

Why Cloud

Fundamental Concepts and Models

Virtualization Overview and concepts

Module 2: Cloud Delivery Models:

Software as a Service (SaaS)

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Cloud Computing Service Models Comparison

Cloud Metering and Billing

Cloud Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Module 3: Cloud Security:

Security Best Practices in the Cloud.

Customer Security Best Practices.

Cloud Security reference architecture.

Cloud Risk Assessment.

Module 4: The Economics of Cloud Computing:

How Cloud Computing is Affecting Everyone

Benefits and Economic Incentives of Cloud Computing

Economics of the Cloud

Reduce Costs

Capex to Opex

Total Cost of Ownership

Green Cloud

Position in the IT lifecycle

User/Cloud Software Applications

Module 5: Cloud Computing for Business:

Cloud Computing Deployment models and Comparisons

Which is Most Appropriate for my Organization?

Cloud Risk Assessment

Common Cloud Control Areas

Delta Cloud Controls



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