Introducing the Cloud Course

Learn what the cloud is, how to set up various cloud accounts, and different cloud service providers.

1 hour, 17 minutes

Course description

Take a closer look at the cloud, what it is, and common terminology. You'll learn how to deploy the cloud, and the differences between public, private, hybrid and community clouds. We'll also explore various cloud architectures, how to manage resources and change management.


Change Management

Video - 00:07:00

All Information Systems require change management for effective maintenance over time. This episode introduces the concept of change management and explains advisory boards and approval processes.
Resource Balancing

Video - 00:07:00

A key factor in the use of cloud services is cost optimization. Resource balancing assists with cost optimization and this episode introduces you to the concept.
Capacity, Elasticity, and Support Agreements

Video - 00:09:00

This episode explains some common terminology related to cloud computing including, capacity, elasticity and service model maintenance.
Cloud Architectures

Video - 00:06:00

Over the years, several acronyms have come to be associated with cloud architectures. This episode introduces and explains these architectural terms.
Additional Models

Video - 00:05:00

In the world of cloud computing, three additional models are often referenced. The Cloud+ exam does not cover them directly, but they are very useful to know and this episode explains them.
Hybrid Cloud Demo

Video - 00:05:00

In this episode, hybrid clouds are explained. is provided as an example tool for managing hybrid cloud solutions.
Community Cloud Demo

Video - 00:06:00

Community cloud solutions are unique in that they are not general-purpose cloud solutions. This episode explains what they are and provides examples of community clouds.
Private Cloud Demo

Video - 00:06:00

This episode explores private cloud solution and provides examples of specific systems that may be implemented for private cloud management.
Public Cloud Demo

Video - 00:08:00

This episode will provide a brief overview of the interfaces and offerings of three major cloud service providers: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
Deployment Models

Video - 00:05:00

Cloud deployment models provide a thinking tool to help you choose the best cloud solution for your needs. This episode introduces public, community, private and hybrid clouds.
Defining the Cloud

Video - 00:08:00

This episode will provide a robust definition of the cloud so that you can comprehend its application to real-world implementations and use. The definition is explained in detail with each concept clearly defined.
Setting Up Your Cloud Accounts

Video - 00:07:00

This episode helps you to get started quickly by setting up accounts with AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. The accounts are free, but require a credit card for identity validation.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the "Alpha Geek," is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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