What is Cloud Computing?
What is the Cloud? Where is the Cloud? Are we in the Cloud now? These are all questions you have probably heard or even asked yourself. The term "Cloud Computing" is everywhere. In the simplest terms, Cloud Computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive. The Cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet. For anything to be considered “Cloud Computing” you need to access your data or programs over the Internet, or have that data synchronized with other information over the Web. Cloud Computing can be done anywhere, anytime Cloud Computing enables companies to consume computer resources as a utility, just like electricity when and where needed instead of having to build and maintain computing infrastructures in-house
Cloud computing is divided into three broad service categories:
- Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider supplies a virtual server instances and storage, as well as application programme interfaces that let users migrate workloads to a virtual machine (VM). Users have an allocated storage capacity and start, stop, access and configure the VM and storage as desired. IaaS providers offer small, medium, large, extra-large, and memory- or compute-optimized instances, in addition to customized instances, for various workload needs.
- Platform as a service (PaaS)
The platform as a service (PaaS) model providers host development tools on their infrastructures and users access those tools over the Internet, Web portals or gateway software.
- Software as service (SaaS).
Software as service (SaaS) is a distribution model that delivers software applications over the Internet; these are often called Web services. Microsoft Office 365 is a SaaS offering for productivity software and email services. Users can access SaaS applications and services from any location using a computer or mobile device that has Internet access.
Benefits of the course:
The Cloud Computing Fundamentals Course demonstrates that an individual knows what cloud computing means from a business and technical perspective, as well as what is involved in moving to and managing the “Cloud”
The Cloud computing fundamentals course covers:
- Characteristics of Cloud services from a business perspective
- Business value of Cloud computing
- Technical perspective/Cloud types
- Steps to successful adoption
- Impact and changes on IT service management
- Risks and consequences
Who should consider this course?
The Cloud Computing Fundamentals course is relevant to business analysts, business process owners, technical support staff, managed service provider personnel, new data centre staff, and sales/marketing staff in Cloud product or service environments.
While it is not required, to attending the Cloud Computing Fundamentals course, it is recommended that the candidate have at least six months of experience working in an environment that markets or relies on IT-related services and at least an entry level computer qualification, either from IIT or another registered Institution.
Cloud Computing career paths and the way forward
- Cloud Architect or Engineer
- Cloud Software Engineer
- Cloud Sales
- Cloud Service Developer
- Cloud System Administrator
- Cloud Consultant
- Cloud System Engineer
- Cloud Network Engineer
- Cloud Product Manager
9 Benefits of Cloud Computing for companies
- Achieve economies of scale
- Reduce spending on technology infrastructure
- Globalize your workforce on the cheap
- Streamline processes
- Improve accessibility
- Monitor projects more effectively
- Less personnel training is neede
- Minimize licensing new software
- Improve flexibility