CLD101 : Cloud Essentials
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The CompTIA Cloud Essentials specialty certification 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 governing the cloud.

Cloud Essentials covers the basics of cloud computing and its place in the modern enterprise. Explore public and private clouds; contrast the "as a service" models for PaaS, SaaS, IaaS, or XaaS platforms; plan security; and more.

In addition, the course covers the exam objectives for the both the CompTIA Cloud Essentials (Exam CLO-001) exam and the EXIN Cloud Computing Foundation (EX0-116).

The CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam 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



·         IT management, consultants and support staff

·         IT, Security, Infrastructure, Services and Systems specialists

·         IT developers

·         IT Service providers

·         System Integrators

·         Architects

  • Common terms and definitions of cloud computing.
  • Characteristics of cloud and cloud services from a business perspective.
  • Demonstrate how the characteristics of cloud computing lead to business value.
  • Understand various types of clouds from a technical perspective and provide examples.
  • Steps that lead to a successful adoption of cloud computing services.
  • Identify the organizational capabilities that are relevant for realizing cloud benefits.
  • Impact and changes of cloud computing on IT service management.
  • Explain and identify the issues associated with integrating cloud computing into an organization's existing compliance risk and regulatory framework.
  • Maintain strategic flexibility

What Is Cloud Computing?

·         Defining Cloud Computing

·         Understanding Distributed Application Design

·         Understanding Resource Management Automation

·         Understanding Virtualized Computing Environments

·         Understanding High-Performance Computing Models

·         Understanding Cloud Computing Technologies


Cloud Models

·         Evolving from Virtualization to the Cloud

·         Planning Organizational Roles in the Cloud

·         Identifying Cloud Deployment Models and Scope Modifiers

o   Cloud Deployment Models

o   Model Scope Modifiers

·         Including Future Cloud Models


Service Models

·         Categorizing Cloud Services

·         Examining Software as a Service

·         Examining Platform as a Service

·         Examining Infrastructure as a Service

·         Identifying Emerging Cloud Database Capabilities

o   Sharding

o   Database Profiling

·         Defining Everything as a Service


Current Cloud Technologies

·         Comparing Traditional Technologies and Cloud Alternatives

·         Accessing the Cloud

·         Networking in the Cloud

·         Web Access Architecture

·         Leveraging Software as a Service

o   Personal Software as Service Applications

o   Enterprise Software as Service Applications

o   Cloud-Specific Software as Service Applications

·         Developing within Platform as a Service

·         Implementing Infrastructure as a Service

·         Empowering Mobile Computing


Cloud Business Value

·         Identifying Business Drivers for Cloud Computing

o   Reducing Costs and Increasing Efficiency

o   Increasing Organizational Agility

·         Examining the Business Impact

o   Evaluating Cloud Computing Costs

o   Identifying Value Now and in the Future

o   Choosing the Appropriate Cloud Model

o   Making the Right Decision


Cloud Infrastructure Planning

·         Understanding Cloud Networks

o   The Open Systems Interconnection Model

o   Internet Protocol Version

o   Network Challenges

o   Infrastructural Changes

·         Leveraging Automation and Self-Service

·         Understanding Federated Cloud Services

·         Achieving Interoperability

o   Cloud Computing Standards


Strategies for Cloud Adoption

·         Aligning Cloud Deployments with Organizational Goals

·         Identifying the Impact of Cloud Adoption to Business Processes

o   Culture and Business Changes

o   Management Changes

o   Testing for Readiness

·         Understanding the Importance of Service-Level Agreements

o   Cloud Service-Level Agreements (SLAs)


Applications in the Cloud

·         Understanding the Role of Standard Applications

o   Desktop Applications

o   Distributed Applications

o   Web-Based Applications

o   Cloud Applications

·         Developing Cloud-Ready Applications

o   Cloud-Ready Application Patterns

o   Cloud-Ready Application Development

·         Migrating Applications to the Cloud

·         Preparing for Technical Challenges

·         Identifying and Mitigating Risks


Cloud Service Rollout

·         Identifying Vendor Roles and Responsibilities

·         Identifying Organizational Skill Requirements

o   Software as a Service (SaaS)

o   Platform as a Service (PaaS)

o   Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

·         Transitioning to Live Environments

·         Preparing for Incident Management


Cloud Service-Level Management

·         Understanding ITIL Service Management

o   ITIL Overview

·         Applying ITIL to Cloud Computing

o   Planning the Service Strategy

o   Planning a Service Desk Operation

·         Developing and Utilizing Performance Metrics

o   Running a Cloud Service Operation

o   General Performance Metrics

o   Tools

·         Implementing Continual Process Improvement

o   Service Evaluation

o   Process Evaluation

o   Definition of Improvement Initiatives

o   CSI Monitoring


Security in the Cloud

·         Understanding Security and Risk

o   Key Principles of Information Security

o   Risk Management Basics

·         Reviewing Security Standards

·         Exploring Common Security Risks and Mitigations

o   Application Interface

o   Shared Technology

o   Insider and Criminal Threats

o   Data Exposure and Loss

o   Organizational Risks

·         Implementing an ISMS

·         Responding to Incidents

o   Digital Forensics in the Cloud

·         Recognizing Security Benefits


Privacy and Compliance

·         Identifying Legal Risks

o   Records Management

o   Software Licensing

o   Audit

·         Identifying Privacy Risks

o   Safe Harbor

·         Managing Identity in the Cloud

o   Federated Identity Management

o   Single Sign-On

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