Computing for Architects

ZapThink Cloud Computing for Architects Course: The Leading Vendor Independent, Architect-Focused Cloud Training

ZapThink’s Cloud Computing for Architects course is the only architect-focused course on Cloud Computing and includes content that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Announcing new version 2.0 of the course!

The Cloud Computing for Architects course an intensive, two day “fire hose” of information that prepares you to leverage the Cloud to achieve real business value. We cut through the hype and separate what really works from the noise.

Cloud Computing is the latest buzzword in enterprise IT shops around the world — but scratch the surface, and Cloud Computing consists of a number of existing trends in IT, including virtualization, Software-as-a-Service, utility computing, and more. Adding to the confusion is a large helping of vendor hype, as both software and hardware vendors push Cloud Computing as an excuse to buy more gear.

The reality, however, is quite different. Cloud Computing presents a variety of operational and deployment models that can help enterprises reduce infrastructure costs, provide better customer value, and position themselves for the future. But organizations won’t succeed with the Cloud unless they understand the strengths and weaknesses of Cloud Computing and have a carefully planned architectural approach that positions Cloud-based capabilities in the context of existing IT assets and challenges.

ZapThink’s Cloud Computing for Architects course has no prerequisites, and is designed for architects, but appropriate for people with different roles and levels of expertise. This course is valuable for anyone who wants in-depth knowledge about how to succeed with Cloud Computing.

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What makes the Cloud Computing for Architects course so special?

  • Vendor independent — We discuss vendors in context, both good and bad. You get a balanced perspective on each vendor we discuss.
  • Architect focused — The course concentrates on what architects have to do to be successful with Cloud in their own organizations. We balance technology details with organizational approaches. If you’re not an architect you’ll learn how to think like one in this class!
  • Practical — we connect theory to practice with what really works in organizations like yours.
  • Current — we refresh the course on a regular basis to reflect the latest Cloud Architecture best practices.
  • Enterprise context — We place Cloud Computing into the context of large organizations, with complex, heterogeneous IT environments and all the politics and bureaucracy that every large organization faces.
  • Led by globally recognized Cloud and Architecture thought leader — All ZapThink’s courses are developed and led by Jason Bloomberg, President of ZapThink. Jason has been an analyst with ZapThink since 2001 and is the co-author of the soon-to-be-released book, The Agile Architecture Revolution.
  • Not too technical, not too high-level — Unlike courses offered by others, we cover the technology without getting lost in the details. We discuss the big picture but connect it to the day-to-day reality of the IT shop.
  • Available around the world — See the event schedule on this page for all the locations we’re offering Cloud Computing for Architects!

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Learning Objectives

Attendees will come away from the course with the following:

  • A clear, vendor-independent understanding of Cloud Computing.
  • A well-delineated conception of the strengths and weaknesses of Cloud’s three service models: Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service, as well as Cloud’s four deployment models: public, private, community, and hybrid.
  • The tools and expertise necessary to put together a Cloud roadmap and migration plan for their organizations.
  • An understanding of how to place the Cloud into the context of their current Enterprise Architecture.
  • Practical intelligence and advice on securing the Cloud and putting together a robust Cloud governance framework.

Different ways to take a ZapThink course

  • Public Enrollment Courses — Given around the world by Jason Bloomberg in person, our public enrollment courses have the special benefit of learning from other architects in other organizations.
  • Private Enrollment Courses — Have a group of 15 or more? Bring expert trainer Jason Bloomberg and the CCA course in-house! Save money and have a course at a location and time most convenient for your organization.
  • Special courses for special needs — If you’d like to bring ZapThink into your organization but the CCA course isn’t a good fit, we can modify it to suit your needs.

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Cloud Computing for Architects Course Agenda — Subject to change, as we update the course frequently!

Module 1: Introduction & Definitions

    Formal Definition of Cloud Computing, NIST Cloud Computing Definition Framework, Conceptual Reference Model, Cloud Deployment Scenarios, The Enterprise Context, Pioneers of the Cloud

Module 2: Virtualization, Workloads & Pods

    Virtualization Basics, Hypervisors, Protection Rings, Cloud Workloads, Pods, Availability Zones, Cloud Storage, Cloud Control Systems

Module 3: Cloud Deployment Options: Strategies & Caveats

    Multitenancy Models, IaaS, PaaS & SaaS Examples: Providers, Consumers, Caveats, Cloud Service Orchestration

Case Study: M-Dot / Inmar

Module 4: Enterprise Architecture and the Cloud

    Vendor Spin, Enterprise Architecture Cloud Strategy, Cloud Computing Roadmap, Architect for the Cloud, Transactions in the Cloud

Exercise: Application consolidation & migration

Module 5: Cloud Configuration

    Automated Cloud Configuration, Fully Automated Provisioning, VM Images, Cloud Configuration Toolchain, Cloud Configuration Maturity Levels

Case Study: reddit Condé Nast

Module 6: Building RESTful Clouds

    The Challenge of State, Representational State Transfer (REST), Architectural Constraints, RESTful APIs to the Cloud, Cloud Coding Best Practices

Module 7: Cloud Standards

    Context for Cloud Standards, API Standards, Core Cloud Standards and Standards Bodies, Cloud Semantic Standards

Module 8: Cloud Security

    Security Fundamentals, Message-Level Security, Authorization, Policy, Provisioning, Federated Security, Security Standards, Data Confidentiality, Data Availability, Virtual Security (VirtSec), Virtual Private Clouds

Case Study:

Module 9: Cloud Governance

    Cloud Governance Challenges, Auditing, Assurance,  Incident Response, eDiscovery, Cloud Compliance Directions, Cloud Mandate in the US Government, FedRAMP

Exercise: Cloud Governance

Module 10: Big Data & the Cloud

    Big Data Motivations, The Three V’s, Big Data & The Cloud, NoSQL Landscape, Hadoop, Hadoop Distributed File System, MapReduce, Big Data at Apache, Setting the Bar for Private Clouds, Hadoop Architecture at Orbitz


Register now for a Cloud Computing for Architects course !

  • Location: Lagos (To be communicated)
  • Number of days: 2 days
  • Cost of USD 995 (NGR 164,175)
  • Discount applies for full payment 2-weeks before training commencement
  • Date: 11th - 12th March 2013
  • Facilitated by: Jason Bloomberg.

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