Cloud Computing & Virtualization

Principles of Cloud Computing: Perspectives on Business, Technology and Cost (Straight Talk)

Course Overview
This course, the first of a 3-part series, lays out the foundation and key principles of cloud computing. The initial section presents the variable cost business model, which some believe may be the greatest contribution that cloud computing is going to have in the next few years. This material contrasts this new business model with a traditional fixed cost model and, in so doing, gives evidence of how it fits with the dynamics of uncertainty in today's economy and the way modern day business needs to respond. Next, the course delves into cloud computing technology, encompassing the three basic layers and describing the concept of virtualization and its application. The focus here is how to best use cloud computing in a business, providing a practical emphasis. The course concludes with a discussion of the risks and cost considerations that go along with moving towards cloud computing, along with available solutions to overcome problems that may arise.

Track: Straight Talk
Straightforward explanations of key technologies and their business value

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, the course participant should be able to:

  • Describe the business continuum.
  • Recognize the key drivers of efficiency and agility.
  • Explain why and how the variable cost model is suited to today's business environment.
  • Define the basic layers of cloud computing.
  • Describe the three types of clouds.
  • Recognize the major problems related to cloud computing.
  • Identify potential solutions to these problems.
  • Understand the indirect costs associated with cloud computing.

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Michael Hugos - Presenter
Mich'l Hugos is chief information officer of Network Services Company, a $6.8 billion distribution organization that serves customers across North America. He guided the company through the development and rollout of a suite of Internet based e-business and supply chain systems. Mr. Hugos has more than 20 years of corporate and consulting experience in all aspects of information technology. Prior to joining Network Services, he was a practice director in the Supply Chain Management practice of Covansys, Inc. an international consulting firm. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hugos was a founder and principal of Effective Systems, Inc., an information technology and management consulting firm. He went on to become the director of Systems Planning and Development for Anixter International, a $3 billion distributor of electronic and communications products. At Anixter, he led the project team that built the company's worldwide systems for customer contact management, sales support, quote generation and inventory control. Mike's undergraduate degree is in architecture and urban planning from the University of Cincinnati. He earned his M.B.A. from Northwestern University, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, with a joint major in finance and management information systems. He is the author of the recent book, 'Essentials of Supply Chain Management,' published by John Wiley & Sons.

Software & Hardware Requirements:

  • 56k or Greater Internet Connection
  • Adobe Acrobat® Reader for the .pdf files
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 9 or higher
  • Modern DHTML Compatible Browser
  • Ram: 256 MB minimum
  • Sound card with speakers/headphones
  • Windows or Mac OS

Price (USD)

Standard Rate: $29.00
Subscribers: $29.00
Pillsbury U Online: $29.00
Metro State Univ: FREE


Course Code : WIT-1770

Course Level : Overview

Passing Grade : 70%
Format Type : eLearning

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