CLOUD COMPUTING WORKSHOP – GTC3

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. 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.

Moving beyond the fundamentals of Cloud, this workshop also explores the technical underpinnings of the Cloud, including Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Virtualization, Web 2.0, and Software as a Service (SaaS), all from a Cloud Computing perspective.  This core background and detailed investigation will provided attendees with an understanding of the internal workings of Cloud environments as well as the external interface that is typically examined.

This course provides a hands-on, workshop environment to enable project teams to explore Cloud 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, group discussion, as well as collaborative group-based exercises designed to put these concepts into practice.

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Duration

2 days

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Target Audience

Information Technology Architects, Developers, Business Analysts, and Managers

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Course Prerequisites

No formal knowledge or skill requirements.

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. Select Expected Benefits
  10. Identify applicable cost scenario
  11. Calculate initial, simple return
  12. Calculate returns for on-going usage

3. CLOUD COMPUTING MYTHS

  1. Myth #1: Cloud = Virtualization
  2. Myth #2: Cloud = Grid
  3. Myth #3: Cloud = SAAS
  4. Myth #4: Cloud = SOA
  5. Myth #5: Cloud = Security Risk
  6. Summary 1/2
  7. Summary 2/2

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. CLOUD STANDARDS

  1. What Exactly Are We Standardizing?
  2. Standardizing on a Definition
  3. Simple Concept, Difficult Implementation
  4. Turf Wars
  5. Other Groups Defining Standards
  6. Let the Market Decide
  7. Standardization is Restrictive not Creative
  8. Fostering Creativity
  9. Survival of the Fittest
  10. The Simple View
  11. Standards to Date
  12. Building Cloud Solutions Today
  13. Advice #1 Build on Proven Standards
  14. Advice #2 Focus on Solid Design
  15. Advice #3 Good Standards Take Time
  16. Review 1 / 2
  17. Review 2 / 2

9. CLOUD COMPUTING INFRASTRUCTURE

  1. Does It Really Matter?
  2. Cloud Infrastructure Categories
  3. Understanding Virtualization
  4. Cloud Management
  5. Controllers and Agents
  6. More Cloud Management Strategies
  7. Abstracted Networking
  8. Abstracted Computing
  9. Abstracted Storage
  10. Pulling it all together
  11. Eucalyptus Overview
  12. Management Platform
  13. Management Controllers
  14. Eucalyptus Storage
  15. Summary

10. LOOKING UNDER THE CLOUD HOOD

  1. Amazon Cloud Overview
  2. Working with Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  3. Building an Amazon Cloud Service
  4. Google Cloud Overview
  5. Google Cloud Storage
  6. Working with the Google App Engine
  7. Building a Google App
  8. Microsoft Azure Overview
  9. Working with Windows Azure
  10. Building an Azure Cloud Service

11. CLOUD SERVICES

  1. Objects, components, services
  2. When do I need a service?
  3. Defining Services
  4. Service Communication Analogy
  5. Three Key Service Questions
  6. Connecting the Dots
  7. Anatomy of a Service
  8. Service Actors
  9. Service Layering
  10. Cloud Computing
  11. Understanding by Analogy
  12. Moving to the cloud
  13. You Need an Architecture
  14. All Squares are Rectangles
  15. Cloud Without SOA
  16. Cloud With SOA
  17. Review

12. CLOUD COMPUTING SANITY CHECK

  1. The Cloud Shift
  2. Adapting to a Broader Market
  3. Before You Leap to the Cloud
  4. Cloud Sanity Check #1
  5. Cloud Sanity Check #2
  6. Cloud Sanity Check #3
  7. Cloud Sanity Check #4

13. 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

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