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National Cloud Technologists Association (NCTA) Cloud Operations, Asynchronous 5 Week Course with Five Group Discussions

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As part of this course, students will participate in five group discussions and have the ability to directly interact with an instructor through "office hours" sessions. Dates and times of group discussions are listed on the schedule



This course is designed for system administrators or cloud technologists who wish to further develop their skills for evaluating, deploying, and administering cloud services. This includes evaluating and selecting Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions and deploying applications to the cloud, as well as maintaining, securing, and optimizing cloud solutions to achieve the best Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Return on Investment (ROI).


To ensure your success in this course, you should have experience with basic network and server administration, as well as a strong understanding of cloud technologies:

  • NCTA Cloud Technologies

Course Objectives:

In this course, you will deploy, configure, and administer Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions as needed to function as a Certified Cloud Master. You will:

  • Describe cloud operations
  • Plan cloud services Implementation
  • Deploy a cloud application with Digital Ocean
  • Deploy a cloud application with Heroku
  • Deploy websites with Microsoft Azure
  • Implement Azure Cloud Services and virtual machines
  • Manage Azure applications with Visual Studio
  • Deploy applications to Opscode Chef
  • Manage server state with Puppet
  • Implement Rackspace Cloud Servers
  • Import and export data from cloud services
  • Manage security and compliance in cloud solutions
  • Plan and execute a phased cloud migration

Program Outline

Lesson 9: Managing Server State with Puppet

Lesson 1: Cloud Operation s
Topic A: Overview of Cloud Computing Solution s Topic B: Cloud Solution Operational Benefits and Challenge s Topic C: Requirements for Cloud Service Administration
Lesson 2: Planning Cloud Service Implementation
Topic A: Determine Hardware, Software, and Network Requirement s Topic B: Assess Risks of a Cloud Deployment Topic C: Coordinate with End-Users and Business Stakeholders Topic D: Plan Automation and Configuration Management Topic E: Determine Cloud Service Support Resources
Lesson 3: Deploying a Cloud Application with Digital Ocean
Topic A: Determine Cloud Application Implementation Requirement s Topic B: Deploying a Droplet on Digital Ocean
Lesson 4: Deploying a Cloud Application with Heroku
Topic A: Identify Cloud Application Features of Heroku Topic B: Deploy a Heroku App Topic C: Scale and Update Applications on Heroku Topic D: Secure Heroku Applications with Git Bash
Lesson 5: Deploying Websites with Microsoft Azure
Topic A: Overview of Microsoft Azure Topic B: Deploy Websites in Microsoft Azure Topic C: Manage Data and Storage in Microsoft Azure
Lesson 6: Implementing Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines
Topic A: Implement Azure Cloud Services Topic B: Implement Azure Virtual Machines Topic C: Manage Microsoft Azure Cloud Services
Lesson 7: Managing Azure Applications with Visual Studio
Topic A: Publish Applications to Azure with Visual Studio Topic B: Migrate .NET Applications to Azure with Visual Studio
Lesson 8: Deploying Applications to Opscode Chef
Topic A: Overview of Opscode Chef Topic B: Install the Chef Client Topic C: Implement Chef Cookbooks Topic D: Manage Azure Services with Chef
Topic A: Determine How Puppet can Streamline Cloud Management Topic B: Deploy Puppet
Lesson 10: Implementing Rackspace Cloud Servers
Topic A: Overview of OpenStack Topic B: Overview of Rackspace Cloud Services Topic C: Deploy a Rackspace Cloud Serves Topic D: Manage Rackspace Cloud Servers with Chef Topic E: Manage Quality of Service (QoS)
Lesson 11: Importing and Exporting Data from Cloud Service s
Topic A: Determine Requirements for Cloud Data Import and Export Topic B: Import Data to and Export Data from a Cloud Networt
Lesson 12: Managing Security and Compliance in Cloud Solution s
Topic A: Secure Cloud Solutions Topic B: Manage Compliance for Cloud Solutions
Lesson 13: Planning and Executing a Phased Cloud Migration
Topic A: Plan a Phased Migration Topic B: Execute Phase 1: Cloud Assessment Topic C: Execute Phase 2: Deploy a Proof of Concept on Amazon Web Services
Topic D: Execute Phase 3: Data Migration Topic E: Execute Phase 4: Application Migration Topic F: Execute Phase 5: Implement Cloud Features
Topic G: Execute Phase 6: Optimize Cloud Implementation s


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