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Complete the Cloud Governance course and, optionally, get accredited as a Certified Cloud Governance Specialist by passing the certification exam. You can purchase the course now and get the exam later, or you can get them together at a discount as part of the Certification Bundle.

Upon completing the course you will receive a digital certificate of completion, as well as a digital training badge from Acclaim/Credly. Because this course encompasses both the Cloud Professional and Cloud Governance Specialist certifications, upon passing the exam you will also receive official Cloud Professional and Cloud Governance Specialist digital accreditation certificates and certification badges from Acclaim/Credly, along with an account that can be used to verify your certification status.

If you already completed the Cloud Professional course modules, you can purchase a partial course (or a partial bundle) with only the modules specific to the Cloud Governance Specialist track here.

The Cloud Governance course is comprised of the following 5 course modules, each of which has an estimated completion time of 10 hours:

  • Module 1: Fundamental Cloud Computing
  • Module 2: Cloud Technology Concepts
  • Module 10: Fundamental Cloud Governance
  • Module 11: Advanced Cloud Governance
  • Module 12: Cloud Governance Lab

Choose the Certification Bundle to receive the entire course together with the online-proctored certification exam and a set of practice exam questions, all at a bundle discount.

Upon purchasing this course, you will automatically receive access via the Online Interactive eLearning platform. To provide you with the greatest flexibility, you will also have the option to access the course materials via two additional eLearning formats, at no extra cost. All three eLearning formats are briefly described below. A more detailed comparison can be found here.
  1. For everyday learning: An online interactive eLearning platform with individual lessons, as well as interactive and automatically graded exercises and practice questions.
  2. For learning on-the-go: A study kit platform with access to full course documents that support online/offline synching, annotations, comments, custom bookmarks and cross-document searches.
  3. For your reference: A set of printable PDF documents that you can keep (for all course workbooks and posters).
All three forms of access are subject to Arcitura’s *. Upon purchase, access to the online interactive eLearning platform (1) is provided within one business day. Access to the study kits (2) and the PDF documents (3) is provided upon request.

Shown below are the digital contents and the topic outline for each course module:

Module 1: Fundamental Cloud Computing

This course module provides end-to-end coverage of fundamental cloud computing topics as they pertain to both technology and business considerations. The module content is divided into a series of modular sections, each of which is accompanied by one or more hands-on exercises.

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)
  • Mind Map Poster

  • Symbol Legend Poster
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Posters (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Fundamental Cloud Computing Terminology and Concepts
  • Basics of Virtualization
  • Specific Characteristics that Define a Cloud
  • Understanding Elasticity, Resiliency, On-Demand and Measured Usage
  • Benefits, Challenges and Risks of Contemporary Cloud Computing Platforms and Cloud Services
  • Cloud Resource Administrator and Cloud Service Owner Roles
  • Cloud Service and Cloud Service Consumer Roles
  • Understanding the Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud Delivery Model

  • Understanding the Platform as a Service (PaaS) Cloud Delivery Model
  • Understanding the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud Delivery Model
  • Combining Cloud Delivery Models
  • Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Community Cloud Deployment Models
  • Business Cost Metrics and Formulas for Comparing and Calculating Cloud and On-Premise Solution Costs
  • Formulas for Calculating and Rating SLA Quality of Service Characteristics

Module 2: Cloud Technology Concepts

This course module explores a range of the most important and relevant technology-related topics that pertain to contemporary cloud computing platforms. The module content does not get into implementation or programming details, but instead keeps coverage at a conceptual level, focusing on topics that address cloud service architecture, cloud security threats and technologies, virtualization and containerization.

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)

  • Mind Map Poster
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Poster (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Cloud Computing Mechanisms that Establish Architectural Building Blocks
  • Virtual Servers, Containers, Ready-Made Environments, Failover Systems and Pay-Per-Use Monitors
  • Automated Scaling Listeners, Multi-Device Brokers and Resource Replication
  • Understanding How Individual Cloud Computing Mechanisms Support Cloud Characteristics
  • An Introduction to Containerization, Container Hosting and Logical Pod Containers
  • A Comparison of Containerization and Virtualization
  • Cloud Balancing and Cloud Bursting Architectures
  • Common Risks, Threats and Vulnerabilities of Cloud-based Services and Cloud-hosted Solutions

  • Cloud Security Mechanisms used to Counter Threats and Attacks
  • Understanding Cloud-Based Security Groups and Hardened Virtual Server Images
  • Cloud Service Implementation Mediums (including Web Services and REST Services)
  • Cloud Storage Benefits and Challenges, Cloud Storage Services, Technologies and Approaches
  • Non-Relational (NoSQL) Storage Compared to Relational Storage
  • Cloud Service Testing Considerations and Testing Types
  • Service Grids and Autonomic Computing
  • Cloud Computing Industry Standards Organizations

Module 10: Fundamental Cloud Governance

This course module explains IT governance as it pertains to the evolution and regulation of cloud computing environments and assets. Numerous models and framework components are explored to establish highly structured models for identifying and associating formal cloud governance precepts and processes to common cloud project stages.

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)

  • Mind Map Poster
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Poster (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Understanding Cloud Governance Programs, Models, and Controls
  • The Cloud Governance Lifecycle
  • Common Cloud Project Lifecycle Stages (and How They are Governed)
  • Cloud Domain IT Resource Inventory Models (centralized/federated cloud, centralized/
    federated multi-cloud, etc.)
  • Cloud Governance Task Types (unsubscribed, automated, passive, active, etc.)
  • Cloud Service Governance Types (simple, composite, hybrid, etc.)
  • Cloud Governance Framework Components
  • Cloud Governance Tools and Technology (registries, repositories, agents, network relays, policy systems, etc.)

  • Cloud Governance Technology Types (administrative, enforcement, monitoring, reporting)
  • Cloud Governance Precepts and Processes
  • Cloud Governance Level Models (single/multi enterprise/corporate)
  • Defined Strategic Cloud Roadmap
  • Defined Criteria of Cloud Maturity and Adoption
  • Defined Cloud Service and Delivery Model
  • Standardized Funding Model
  • Strategic Cloud Planning and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Cloud Maturity Model Definition and Cloud Maturity Gap Analysis
  • Cloud Maturity Risk Assessment and Cloud Maturity Impact Analysis

Module 11: Advanced Cloud Governance

This course module builds upon the fundamental models and framework components covered in CCP Module 10 and identifies and describes numerous cloud governance precepts and processes for cloud project Define, Build, Test, Deliver, Operate, Consume and End Stages, as follows:

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)

  • Mind Map Poster
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Poster (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Cloud Architecture Definition, Applied Business/Industry Standards, Defined Cloud Reference Architecture
  • Defined Cloud Service Domains, Organizational Alignment and Standardized Funding Model, Tenant Isolation
  • Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) Establishment, Ensured Organizational Competency
  • Required Standards and Regulations Definition, Architecture Validation, Cloud Data Security Definition
  • Cloud Data Security Assessment, Licensing and Tenant Isolation Assessments, Historical Log Collection
  • Identified and Adhered Constraints, Cloud Service Domain Definition, Cloud Service Criteria Validation
  • Cloud Service Review, SLA Matching, Cloud Service Standardization, Cloud Service Policy Validation

  • Build Process Validation, Centralized Cloud Service Registry, Interoperable Cloud Service Standards
  • Cloud Service Registry Access Control, Cloud Service Registry Record Review, Cloud Shared Usage Request
  • Cloud Shared Service Modification Request, Cloud Service Interoperability Assessment
  • Cloud Service Certification Review, Cloud Service Maintenance Review, Cloud Service Deployment Standards
  • Cloud Service Test Results Review, Cloud Testing Tool Standards, Cloud Testing Parameter Standards
  • Cloud Service Testing Standards, Cloud Integration Testing Standards, Cloud Test Data Usage
  • Cloud Service De-Provisioning Notification, Cloud Service De-Provisioning
  • Post-Termination Assessment, De-Provisioning Cloud Services

Module 12: Cloud Governance Lab

This course module presents participants with a series of exercises and problems that are designed to test their ability to apply their knowledge of topics covered in previous modules. Completing this lab will help highlight areas that require further attention and will help prove proficiency in the application of cloud governance framework components, models, precepts and processes.

Course Module Contents

  • Lab Exercise Booklet
  • Mind Map Poster

  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Exercise Booklet and Poster (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Reading Exercise 12.1: eKOF Case Study Background
  • Lab Exercise 12.2: Organizational Assessment
  • Lab Exercise 12.3: Applying Initial Cloud Governance Precepts and Processes
  • Lab Exercise 12.4: Addressing the Shadow IT Problem
  • Lab Exercise 12.5: Establishing New Roles
  • Lab Exercise 12.6: Governing the Deployment and Management of Cloud Services

  • Lab Exercise 12.7: Solving Problems with eKOF’s Cloud Services
  • Lab Exercise 12.8: Cloud Service Termination
  • Reading Exercise 12.9: RapidDev Mini-Case Study Background
  • Lab Exercise 12.10: Governing RapidDev’s Cloud Transition Plan
  • Lab Exercise 12.11: Preliminary Plan Stage Cloud Governance
  • Lab Exercise 12.12: Choosing the Cloud Domain IT Resource Inventory Model

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