Introducing the Cloud

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

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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.

Course syllabus

Setting Up Your Cloud AccountsDuration: 6:30

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.

Defining the CloudDuration: 7:42

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.

Deployment ModelsDuration: 4:35

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.

Public Cloud DemoDuration: 8:19

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).

Private Cloud DemoDuration: 6:13

This episode explores the private cloud solutions and provides examples of specific systems that may be implemented for private cloud management.

Community Cloud DemoDuration: 5:39

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.

Hybrid Cloud DemoDuration: 5:04

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

Additional ModelsDuration: 4:41

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.

Cloud ArchitecturesDuration: 6:20

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

Capacity, Elasticity, and Support AgreementsDuration: 8:34

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

Resource BalancingDuration: 6:48

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.

Change ManagementDuration: 6:38

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.

Meet the author

Tom Carpenter


Tom Carpenter is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry. He started in entry-level systems support and quickly moved into the role of a systems analyst and network engineer. He founded the technical content development and training company SysEdCo in 1997, which he continues to operate.

Having written more than 20 books for the IT industry, he brings a wealth of experience to any topic and holds many certifications from both vendors and vendor-neutral certification organizations. He is also the head of certification development for the CWNP program and heavily involved in objectives development and exam creation within the certification industry.

Tom uses AWS to run several business websites as well as test labs used for content creation and management. According to Tom, "AWS is everything I did in the 90s, and more, in the cloud!” Tom lives in Ohio with his lovely wife Julie and enjoys anything related to technology, learning and human potential. lth and status of a 60-node SIEM cluster designed to handle data from 60,000 data sources.

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