Professional Cloud Solutions Architect (PCSA)

Professional Cloud Solutions Architect (PCSA) Course Description

Duration: 3.00 days (24 hours)

This course is designed for technology professionals who architect the technology solutions that support the changing requirements due to adoption of cloud computing, and help organizations leverage the opportunities that cloud is creating. Solution Architects need to understand the impact that cloud is having on business and information architecture, application design, data management, and security architecture-and be very familiar with the topology and eco-systems that are being created as a result of increasing adoption of cloud technologies and operating models.

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Intended Audience for this Professional Cloud Solutions Architect (PCSA) Course

  • » Technology Architects
  • » Senior Strategy Consultants
  • » Application Architects
  • » Enterprise Architects
  • » System Architects
  • » Senior Developers

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Professional Cloud Solutions Architect (PCSA) Course Objectives

  • » History of computing & cloud computing
  • » Impact of cloud computing
  • » Technology engineering of cloud computing
  • » Cloud computing solution architectures
  • » Cloud service life cycle
  • » Service transition and service transformation
  • » Customer perspective on setting up cloud environment
  • » Provider perspective on setting up cloud environments
  • » Cloud ecosystem
  • » Types of xaas solutions
  • » Targeting the right solutions architecture

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Professional Cloud Solutions Architect (PCSA) Course Outline

      1. History of Computing and Cloud Computing
        1. From Virtualization to Cloud
        2. Utility computing, Grid Computing and Cloud Computing
        3. Impact of the internet, sustainability, energy consumption
        4. On-premise, Off-premise IT and Business service models
        5. Tablets, smart devices, services and marketplaces
        6. Search, subscript and consume lifecycles
        7. Provider, aggregator, broker and orchestrator lifecycles
        8. New Monetization strategies and service models
        9. SOA (Service oriented Architecture) and Enterprise Architecture
        10. Monetization and charging mechanisms
      2. Impact of Cloud Computing
        1. Disruption and innovation
        2. Risk, security and legal issues
        3. Technical standards and business compliance and certification
        4. Open source and cloud
        5. New business models and economics of the cloud
        6. New business case and value propositions of cloud
        7. Innovation, crowdsourcing, crowd funding
        8. Understand the key architecture issues in a cloud computing solution.
        9. Business requirements and does the cloud fit?
        10. The NIST definitions: on-demand self-service; broad network access; resource pooling; rapid elasticity; measured service.
        11. Transparency, traceability and auditability
        12. Building critical mass for B/E (Break Even) use of the solution and service
        13. How to define and use charging mechanisms, e.g. basis and methods of upload and download and other methods
        14. TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), life cycle and operational costs and benefits
        15. Connectivity, e.g. interfaces and networks
        16. Understanding the business processes and how cloud computing can support shared, dedicated or federated and remote business services
        17. Types of solutions e.g. mobile, social network, Big data, cloud computing hosting and other types of solutions that can use cloud computing
        18. Types of Services e.g. IaaS, PaaS, SaaS
        19. Make vs. buy costs and capabilities comparison
        20. What are the key components when using SOA (Service Oriented Architect for Cloud) Computing
        21. Understanding where to draw the boundaries in a service and cloud computing
        22. Modularity, code and reuse
      3. Technology Engineering of Cloud Computing
        1. Secure federated security and identity
        2. Policy management
        3. Template configuration management
        4. Automated provisioning
        5. Tenancy and multi-tenancy management
        6. Resource pooling and load balancing
        7. Subscription
        8. Pricing engines
        9. Metering
        10. Billing
        11. Self-service
        12. Catalog management
        13. Marketplace management
        14. Synchronization
        15. Api management
        16. Related technical standards
      4. Cloud Computing Solution Architectures
        1. Consumer viewpoints
        2. Consumer Provider
        3. Search, subscription and consumer models
        4. User experience and social networks
        5. Mobile cloud and BYOD
        6. Big Data and data analytics
        7. Composite services and mash-ups
        8. Provider viewpoints
        9. Hosting, reselling, cloud managed services
        10. SLA and pricing models
        11. Metering and billing
        12. Open source: open stack, cloud stack and others
        13. Cloud brokerage
      5. Cloud Service Life Cycle
        1. SLA and OLA Management and Choices (Service Level Agreements, Operating Level Agreements)
        2. Contract and contract-less services
        3. SLA and pricing mechanisms in cloud computing
        4. Service performance, security and reliability
        5. Commodity standardization vs. custom solutions
        6. Search, discovery and consumption
        7. Publish, subscription and product management
        8. Product lines, certification, syndication
        9. SOEs (Standard Operating Environments)
        10. Virtual containers and tenancy
        11. Templates, standardization, and catalogs
        12. Contract or contract-less
        13. Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and the cloud
        14. Software development life cycle for cloud computing
        15. Requirements management and cloud computing
      6. Service Transition and Service Transformation
        1. Public vs. Private Cloud Environment characteristics
        2. Barriers and enablers to Cloud Computing adoption
        3. Running your business in the Cloud
        4. Consumer perspectives
        5. Provider perspectives
        6. Intermediary perspectives
        7. Certification and accreditation of a cloud
        8. Different types of certification: security, staff skills, vendor/technology, legal compliance)
        9. An app to run in a cloud
        10. A custom developed app to run in a cloud PaaS
        11. Infrastructure certification of IaaS
        12. A cloud environment and provider certification
        13. License Tracking and Asset Usage Control in Cloud Computing
        14. ITIL and Service Management Life Cycle Impact of Cloud Computing
        15. COBIT and Impact of Cloud Computing
        16. Service Lines and Service Desk Management
        17. Support Engineering Services
      7. Consumer Perspective on Setting Up Cloud Environments
        1. Setup active directories, sign-on SSO policies and controls
        2. Administration management, provisioning and domain management
        3. Security controls on endpoints, e.g. personal mobile device controls and cloud storage
        4. Access environment policies and SLA usage threshold limits
        5. Setup service management, account management and reporting controls
        6. Setup tablets, smart devices, end points controls , connectivity and services
        7. Portals and browser services
        8. Setup provisioning automation and self-service controls
        9. Setup storefront and usage controls
        10. Self-service provisioning of additional resources
        11. Costs and billing based upon metered resource usage (utility)
        12. Search, access and consume
        13. Portability and movement of personal data to cloud, mobile devices
        14. OpEx cost vs. CapEx investment
        15. Shorter-term commitments (hourly-daily-weekly-monthly)
        16. Simple contracting process (e.g. credit card)
        17. Portability of services across hosting providers
      8. Provider Perspective on Setting Up Cloud Environments
        1. What is a cloud environment
        2. Features and characteristics
        3. Types of XaaS
        4. Reference models - the layers that matter
        5. Security in cloud
        6. Trust, isolation, domains, tenancy, multi-tenancy
        7. Cloud XaaS continuum
        8. SaaS, PaaS, IaaS
        9. Private, public, hybrid, community
        10. Requirements
        11. Self service
        12. Custom requirement
        13. Sourcing
        14. Options and methods (marketplace)
        15. Dynamic sourcing using spot cloud marketplace
        16. Provision
        17. Self service
        18. Request build
        19. Launch cloud environment
        20. Publish new catalog service
        21. Portfolio Management
        22. Deployment strategies
        23. Private cloud / public cloud
        24. Hybrid cloud
        25. Multi-cloud providers
        26. Existing legacy environment with the cloud
        27. Metering / billing
        28. Performance
        29. Service management
        30. SLA
        31. Reporting
        32. Automation
        33. Elasticity features
        34. Tools, policy management
        35. Marketplace
        36. Multi-CSP (Cloud Service Provider) environments
      9. Cloud Ecosystem
        1. Exploring the Business and IT Context
        2. Internet of Things, Internet of Everything
        3. Ubiquitous Systems, Pervasive Computing
        4. Actors and Roles
        5. Services and Domains
        6. Cloud Brokerage models
        7. Portfolio Management, Governance and Policy Impact of Cloud Computing
      10. Types of XaaS Solutions
        1. The technological history of cloud computing resources and services
        2. Enterprise application stores, platform marketplaces
        3. Examples of common cloud management services, security, metering, billing, governance, reporting, audit, provisioning, catalog
        4. Big Data analytics, mobility, social enterprise, embedded devices, multi-channel stores and cloud computing (Gartner Nexus, IDC the 3rd Platform)
        5. How to conduct horizontal, vertical and diagonal (stores, marketplaces, appliances) workload requirements analysis
        6. Cloud interactive ecosystem language modeling the cloud ecosystem: devices, networks, services, contents , security and domains
        7. Layers of the cloud ecosystem
      11. Targeting the Right Solution Architecture
        1. Roles of Architecture
        2. Enterprise Architecture: Strategy, Portfolio, Selection, Catalog, Governance
        3. Solution Architecture: Requirements, Design, Build, Integrate, Management

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