Ch 1: Cloud Computing Overview

About This Chapter

This chapter offers your employees an overview of basic cloud computing topics. The chapter is available 24/7, and your employees can review the short lessons and quizzes to quickly develop a strong understanding of cloud computing in organizational contexts.

Cloud Computing Overview - Chapter Summary

Give your staff a thorough overview of cloud computing with this useful online chapter. Inside, your staff will find short lessons and quizzes that examine the essentials of cloud computing. Your employees can expect to study cloud service models, cloud service standards, cloud deployment models and the practical applications of cloud computing for organizations. These lessons can be integrated into training sessions, or you can assign the lessons to individual employees. We've also included short assessments throughout the chapter to help your employees retain the information they study.

How It Helps

  • Builds awareness: The lessons help employees become aware of cloud computing levels, deployment models, standards and more.
  • Explains practical applications: The chapter examines some of the advantages and disadvantages of using cloud computing in the workplace.
  • Improves ROI: Employees will be able to see how the implementation of cloud computing can have a positive return on investment for your organization.

Skills Covered

By the end of the chapter, your employees should be able to:

  • Assess the pros and cons of cloud computing
  • Describe the characteristics of the cloud computing model
  • Compare different cloud service models
  • Recognize the levels of controls that are involved in cloud service models
  • Discuss a variety of cloud computing deployment models
  • Explain how cloud standards are established
  • Evaluate the impact that cloud computing can have on a business' return on investment
  • Talk about some practical real-world implementations of cloud computing

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Cloud Computing Overview
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What is Cloud Computing? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

1. What is Cloud Computing? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

In this lesson, we'll look at cloud computing, which is an area of computer technology focused on providing computer services over the Internet. Following the lesson, you can take a quiz.

Cloud Computing Model: Characteristics & Descriptions

2. Cloud Computing Model: Characteristics & Descriptions

With the increasing popularity of Cloud Computing, it becomes necessary to set certain standards for the cloud computing models. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) identifies five essential characteristics of the Cloud Computing environment. In this lesson, we are going to cover these characteristics in addition to other features recognized by industry vendors.

Cloud Service Models: IaaS, PaaS & SaaS

3. Cloud Service Models: IaaS, PaaS & SaaS

Cloud service models come in three types: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). In this lesson, you'll learn more about each and what they do.

Levels of Control in Cloud Service Models

4. Levels of Control in Cloud Service Models

Different types of cloud service models provide different levels of control over resources. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the minimum and maximum control capabilities of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.

Deployment Models of Cloud Computing: Types & Descriptions

5. Deployment Models of Cloud Computing: Types & Descriptions

Cloud computing uses one of four types of deployment models for housing and running software. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the models known as public, private, community and hybrid.

Establishing Cloud Standards: Service Providers, Processes & Structures

6. Establishing Cloud Standards: Service Providers, Processes & Structures

Which organizations are tasked with setting cloud standards with regard to their use cases and overall function? Which enterprises are the most prominent cloud service providers? Both of these matters are the object of this lesson.

How Cloud Computing Impacts Business Return on Investment

7. How Cloud Computing Impacts Business Return on Investment

Why is cloud computing usually a good investment? In this lecture, we first define return on investment (ROI) to measure the efficiency of an investment. Then, we discuss the characteristics of cloud computing that make it an efficient investment.

Real-World Implementations of Cloud Computing

8. Real-World Implementations of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is being put to use in numerous real-world scenarios. In this lesson, you'll learn more about how it has been implemented in the fields of healthcare, energy, transportation and more.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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