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Cloud Professional for Business (Academic Year 2016/2017)

Cloud Professional for Business

Prof. Aisling Owens
(LEO - Lisburn Enterprise Organisation )
Language: English
Course description
The course addresses all the operators in the business sector. It provides the basics of Cloud computing and an entry-level knowledge of the main applications for business.
The holder of the “Cloud Professional for Business” certification could work in the following business areas:
- Cloud Assistant/ Consultant
- Entry-Level Cloud Systems Engineer
- Administrative Support IT professional
- Junior Cloud Administrator
- Datacenter operator (entry-level)
- Database Administrator Assistant
2-3 years of experience in ICT services
The certified professional, even without advanced ICT competences and skills, is able to use the most common Cloud technologies and services, is able to evaluate their utility for the company and their cost-effectiveness.
1. Introduction to cloud computing
Students are expected to demonstrate theoretical knowledge/skills and competences on: terms and basic concepts; virtualization methods: virtual servers, fail-safe resilient architectures, no-setup hosts, pay-for- use systems; cloud service users: owners, administrators, consumers; basic concept: on-demand computing power and data storage; adaptive computing power and data storage; cloud computing power sharing: advantages and problems; cloud storage sharing: advantages and problems; implementation mediums and service testing methodologies; storage services and technologies, non-relational and relational model comparison; main cloud providers, i.e. entities that offer cloud computing services, including i) cloud infrastructure, ii) cloud platform, iii) cloud software, iv) cloud storage, and v) cloud security vendors and also on national providers and their main point of strength.

2. Security basics
Students are expected to demonstrate factual knowledge/skills and competences on: authentication, authorization, and accounting; monitoring, auditing and logging; network security; security groups and virtual server images; cloud-based services and cloud-hosted solutions common security risks; counter-attack strategies and methods; risk analysis

3. Cloud Models
Students are expected to demonstrate sound knowledge/skills and competences on: software as a Service (SaaS) delivery model; platform as a Service (PaaS) delivery model; infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) delivery model; public/private/hybrid/community deployment models, Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

4. Cloud business services and applications
Students are expected to have an overview of: cloud-based business solution, storage services, virtual resources and databases, cloud-based e-commerce solutions; cloud-based marketing solutions; cost benefits for the SMEs, business models; showcases of Cloud applications for SMEs

5. Legal and technical aspects of cloud computing for business
At the end of this unit the student is expected to demonstrate a factual knowledge/skills and competences on: general requirements for fair competition and antitrust; intellectual property rights; personal data management and protection


Thomas Erl, Zaigham Mahmood, Ricardo Puttini, “Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture”, Prentice Hall/PearsonPTR, 2013.

Joe Weinman, “Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing”, Wiley, 2012.

Bill Williams, “The Economics of Cloud Computing”, Wiley, 2012.
The assessment method is an online test/examination. A multiple choice questionnaire which includes at least one question for each key learning outcome. Only one answer of each question is correct.
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Video professors
Prof. Aisling Owens - LEO - Lisburn Enterprise Organisation
List of video lessons
    •  Lesson n. 1: Definição de Cloud & Cloud Computing Conceitos Chave
    •  Lesson n. 6: Serviços e Aplicações empresariais em Cloud - I
    •  Lesson n. 7: Serviços e Aplicações empresariais em Cloud - II