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NCTA Cloud Architecture

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To be a cloud architect and a cloud master, you must apply techniques and strategies to design secure, scalable, cost effective cloud solutions, and be able to convince executives to move forward with your recommendations. In this course, you will develop critical skills in discovering information essential to a successfully planning cloud projects, determining requirements, and document information and recommendations. In addition, you will apply those concepts to evaluate cloud service providers, and design highly available, and scalable solutions, that are secure. You will exit this course able to compare, evaluate, and recommend cloud service providers, design secure and scalable cloud solutions, and give compelling, data backed presentations that will get your recommendations approved, and your cloud projects green lighted.

This course is a great part of your preparation to become a Certified CloudMASTER®.

Course Objectives:

In this course, you will manage the design and plan the implementation of cloud architectures as needed to function as a Certified Cloud Master.

You will:

  • Assess cloud solutions options.
  • Prepare for cloud migration.
  • Determine technical requirements.
  • Evaluate cloud service components.
  • Select AWS infrastructure components.
  • Determine database requirements.
  • Select Rackspace cloud features and components.
  • Select Microsoft Azure features and components.
  • Determine licensing and SLA requirements.
  • Design scalable cloud solutions.
  • Provide business continuity and disaster recovery.
  • Secure data in the cloud.
  • Secure access to cloud services.
  • Present your cloud migration plan.

Target Student:

This course is designed for system administrators who wish to plan, design, and implement cloud services for their organizations. This includes the ability understand cloud solution features, capabilities, and components offered by cloud provides at a deep level so as to design cloud and hybrid solutions for application deployment and infrastructure scenarios. Cloud architects must also evaluate, and plan for the appropriate compute, network, database, and security components to build a solution that meets the needs of their organization. In addition, they must secure, monitor, and optimize those solutions.


To ensure your success in this course you should have experience with basic client and server deployment, configuration, and use. You should also be familiar with evaluating, implementing, accessing, administering cloud services, including Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions. You should also have experience deploying applications to and managing applications in cloud environments. You can obtain this level of skills and knowledge by taking the following courses:


Course Content

Lesson 1: Assessing Cloud Solution Options

Topic A: Overview of Cloud Computing Technologies and Roles

Topic B: Determine the Type of Cloud Service Model

Topic C: Determine the Type of Cloud Implementation


Lesson 2: Preparing for Cloud Migration

Topic A: Manage Cloud Migration Risks

Topic B: Assemble a Cloud Team

Topic C: Document Cloud Project Information


Lesson 3: Determining Technical Requirements

Topic A: Determine Operating System Requirements

Topic B: Identify Application Requirements


Lesson 4: Evaluating Cloud Service Components

Topic A: Evaluate Cloud Computing Faciliities

Topic B: Evaluate Cloud Compute Components

Topic C: Evaluate Cloud Storage and Delivery Components

Topic D: Evaluate Virtualization Software

Topic E: Evaluate Cloud Management Platform Components


Lesson 5: Selecting AWS Infrastructure Components

Topic A: Select for Data Center Requirements

Topic B: Select AWS Compute Components

Topic C: Select AWS Networking Components

Topic D: Select AWS Storage and Content Delivery Components

Topic E: Select AWS Management and Monitoring Solutions

Topic F: Evaluate AWS PaaS Features


Lesson 6: Determining Database Requirements

Topic A: Define Database Requirements

Topic B: Select AWS Database Services


Lesson 7: Selecting Rackspace Cloud Features and Components

Topic A: Select Rackspace Cloud Compute and Network Components

Topic B: Select Rackspace Cloud Database Components

Topic C: Select Rackspace Cloud Storage

Topic D: Monitor Rackspace Solutions with Cloud Analytics


Lesson 8: Selecting Microsoft Azure Features and Components

Topic A: Select Azure Compute and Network Services

Topic B: Select Azure Database Services

Topic C: Select Azure Storage Services

Topic D: Select Azure App Services

Topic E: Select Azure Monitoring Solutions


Lesson 9: Determining Licensing and SLA Requirements

Topic A: Determine Licensing Models and Limitations

Topic B: Evaluate Service Level Agreements


Lesson 10: Designing Scalable Cloud Solutions

Topic A: Evaluate Scaling Options

Topic B: Manage Compute Resources

Topic C: Manage Memory Usage for Cloud Solutions

Topic D: Manage Storage for Cloud Solutions

Topic E: Manage Network Components


Lesson 11: Providing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Topic A: Protect Cloud Data

Topic B: Ensure Business Continuity

Topic C: Plan for Disaster Recovery


Lesson 12: Securing Data in the Cloud

Topic A: Use Encryption to Secure Data

Topic B: Secure Data-in-Transit

Topic C: Secure Data-at-Rest


Lesson 13: Securing Access to Cloud Services

Topic A: Evaluate Perimeter Security Requirements

Topic B: Define Authentication Requirements

Topic C: Define Security Event Processes


Lesson 14: Presenting Your Cloud Migration Plan

Topic A: Apply Presentation Fundamentals

Topic B: Create a Cloud Migration Presentation

Topic C: Deliver a Cloud Migration Presentation


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