CLOUD COMPUTING PRIMER – GTC2A

Course Description

Every few years, a major shift in computing and Information Technology strategy comes along.  One of the latest such innovations is Cloud Computing.  Part technology innovation and part financial strategy, Cloud Computing holds tremendous potential for organizations of all shapes and sizes.

This course provides foundational knowledge in Cloud Computing components, foundational technologies, architecture, design, and business value. Attendees are provided with a broad survey of Cloud Computing concepts and given an opportunity to explore Cloud from multiple angles.  Concepts are reinforced through analysis of real world case studies and group discussion.

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Duration

One day

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Target Audience

General audience including business and technology team leadership

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Course Prerequisites

There are no formal knowledge pre-requisites.

If you have any questions or doubts as to whether you meet the pre-requisites for this course, or indeed are wondering which course best suits you, please consult with us to discuss your suitability for course attendance.

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Course Content

1. THE RISE OF THE CLOUD

  1. Where did Cloud Computing originate?
  2. Cloud Computing
  3. Wikipedia Entry
  4. Five Attributes of Cloud Computing
  5. Cloud Computing Examples
  6. The Cloud Computing Spectrum
  7. Understanding by Analogy
  8. What is so special about Cloud?
  9. Synergy is Powerful
  10. Moving to the cloud
  11. By the Numbers

 

2. CLOUD COMPUTING VALUE PROPOSITION

  1. Why does Cloud matter?
  2. Cloud Value Proposition
  3. Cloud Value Business Case #1
  4. Cloud Value Business Case #2
  5. Cloud Value Business Case #3
  6. Cloud Value Business Case #4
  7. Cloud Business Cases
  8. Do Clouds Compute?
  9. 1. Select Expected Benefits
  10. 2. Identify applicable cost scenario
  11. 3. Calculate initial, simple return
  12. 4. Calculate returns for on-going usage

3. CLOUD COMPUTING COMPONENTS

  1. The Cloud Computing Stack
  2. Cloud Computing Components
  3. Tightly Coupled Enterprise
  4. Breaking the Silos
  5. Understanding SOA
  6. Applying SOA to the Cloud
  7. Cloud Computing without SOA
  8. Cloud Component – Virtualization
  9. Applying Virtualization to the Cloud
  10. Cloud Component – SaaS
  11. Applying SaaS to the Cloud
  12. Web 2.0 Should I upgrade?
  13. Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0
  14. Applying Web 2.0 to the Cloud

4. CATEGORIZING CLOUDS

  1. Consider the kind of cloud
  2. Cloud Scope Public clouds
  3. Cloud Scope Private clouds
  4. Cloud Scope Hybrid clouds
  5. Discussing Cloud Scope
  6. Cloud Types
  7. Discussing Cloud Types
  8. Intersection of Scope & Type
  9. Cloud Role
  10. Discussing Cloud Categories

5. REAL WORLD CASE STUDY ANALYSIS

  1. Case Study – Amazon
  2. Amazon EC2 Value
  3. Discussing Amazon
  4. Case Study TuneCore
  5. TuneCore s Value
  6. Discussing TuneCore
  7. Case Study Salesforce.com
  8. Salesforce.com Value
  9. Discussing SalesForce
  10. Case Study Google Apps
  11. Google Apps Value
  12. Discussing Google
  13. Case Study Pitney Bowes
  14. Pitney Bowes Value
  15. Discussing Pitney Bowes

6. CLOUD RISKS AND RISK MITIGATION

  1. Failure-As-A-Service
  2. Service Reliability
  3. Service Quality
  4. Secure Cloud Calling
  5. Problem Resolution
  6. Data Back-up
  7. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  8. Provisioning
  9. The Scale of Scale
  10. Financial Management
  11. Managing Service Levels
  12. Redundancy / Failover
  13. Vendor Lock-In
  14. Liability
  15. Security
  16. Identifying Cloud-ready Solutions
  17. Governing Cloud Services
  18. Business alignment
  19. Asset Ownership
  20. Contract-driven Services
  21. Financial Management and Tracking
  22. Governance and Risk Mitigation
  23. Some Best Practices
  24. Summary 1/2
  25. Summary 2/2

7. ADOPTING YOUR VERY OWN CLOUD

  1. How can my organization explore Cloud?
  2. Cloud Adoption Best Practices
  3. Cloud Adoption Phase 1
  4. . Identify your business drivers
  5.  Get Educated
  6.  Articulate a Value Proposition
  7.  Define one or more scenarios
  8. Cloud Adoption Phase 1
  9. Cloud Adoption Phase 2
  10.  Produce a Road Map
  11.  Gain Stakeholder Buy-in
  12. Cloud Adoption Phase 2
  13. Cloud Adoption Phase 3
  14.  Establish Governance
  15. Invest in Infrastructure
  16.  Cloud Pilot
  17. Scoping the Pilot Project
  18. Pilot Project Scope (cont d)
  19.  Enterprise Roll-out
  20. Start small and grow incrementally
  21. Summary

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