Cloud Computing Training Solutions from New Horizons

Moving IT functions to the cloud makes a lot of sense, for a lot of businesses; however, it's important to consider how cloud computing has and continues to change the face of corporate IT.

Training and certifying your staff, and working with a training partner like New Horizons, assures that your organization’s Cloud strategy will be at the forefront of industry best-practices. And, as your company continues to upgrade its evolving Cloud solutions, also remember to upgrade the skills of the people responsible for deploying and maintaining the technology as well.

Why Will More Businesses Shift to the Cloud?

  • Businesses no longer need to purchase, store, and maintain expensive network equipment, reducing the resources (time and money) involved in maintaining, updating, and repairing their own server hardware and software. 
  • Businesses become more agile because they are able to grow or shrink computing resources as demand increases or decreases, paying only for the resources they actually use. 
  • Remote employees can easily access necessary applications via the Internet from any location, using their mobile and handheld computing devices, increasing both their efficiency and the ability to collaborate from their desk and on the go.

How Will the Cloud Change the Workplace for IT Professionals?

  • As companies switch to cloud-hosted services, these maintenance, repair, and upgrade services will be provided by the provider, which will free up these support personnel to work on other important company projects.
  • It will create an increased demand for cloud specialized consultants, developers, and architects to meet the growing markets immediate and specialized needs.
  • It will drive a switch in emphasis from support to innovation, as companies require new and better cloud-hosted applications to support their business needs. 

New to the Cloud?

Find out all that the Cloud has to offer, and learn the fundamental skills you need to be successful in today’s cloud environment with the following foundational courses.

CompTIA Cloud Essentials

Cloud Essentials is a foundational course for anyone interested in getting involved with the Cloud. It is designed for students across job roles and functions who are interested in beginning to understand the cloud. Students can take the CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam and upon passing the exam, will earn a Cloud Essentials Specialty Certification.

CompTIA Cloud Essentials

CompTIA Cloud+

As more and more businesses shift their IT operations to cloud platforms, skills in cloud computing and virtualization have become a frequently required qualification for IT professionals. Adding CompTIA Cloud+ to your resume demonstrates your ability to implement and maintain cloud technologies and enables you to jump into a rapidly growing market.

CompTIA Cloud+

Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

Learn basic cloud computing concepts as well as specific Microsoft Azure features used in day-to-day administration of cloud resources. You will learn key Microsoft Azure concepts and basic implementation of Azure subscriptions, websites, virtual machines, storage, virtual networks, databases, and Microsoft Azure Active Directory.

10979 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

Microsoft On-Demand Courses

Microsoft On-Demand 99994: Cloud Computing Fundamentals
This free half-day, on-demand course provides a primer to help you understand the business benefits of Cloud computing solutions, become familiar with "Cloud terminology," and explore the basic concepts behind the Cloud.

Microsoft On-Demand 99995: Azure First Look Clinic
This free on-demand course will help you to become familiar with the fundamentals of Microsoft Azure, including web-based portals for deploying resources and managing Azure subscriptions. You'll learn about Azure Resource Manager and how to use templates to manage resources. This course also introduces PowerShell as a key tool to manage and automate Azure resources.

Microsoft Cloud Certification & Training

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Cloud Platform

This certification demonstrates your expertise in Microsoft cloud-related technologies to reduce IT costs and deliver more value for the modern business.

Earning an MCSA: Cloud Platform provides the foundation for a position as a cloud administrator or architect and is the first step on your path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).

Course: 20532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
Exam: Exam 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
Course: 20533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
Exam: Exam 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Cloud Platform and Infrastructure

This certification validates that you have the skills needed to run a highly efficient and modern data center, with expertise in cloud technologies, identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking.

NOTE: To earn the MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification, you must first earn a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Cloud Platform or a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2016/2012, and then, pass a single additional exam from a list of electives associated with the corresponding certification.

Once you hold an MSCA: Cloud Platform or MSCA: Windows Server, pass any one of the following elective exams to earn an MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure:

Preparation Course: 20532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
Elective Exam: 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
Preparation Course: 20533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
Elective Exam: 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
Preparation Course: Currently unavailable
Elective Exam: 70-534: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions
Preparation Course: Currently unavailable
Elective Exam: 70-473: Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions
Preparation Course: Currently unavailable
Elective Exam: 70-475: Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions
Preparation Course: 20744 Securing Windows Server 2016
Elective Exam: 70-744: Securing Windows Server 2016
Preparation Course: 20413 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
Elective Exam: 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
Preparation Course: 20414 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
Elective Exam: 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
Preparation Course: 20246 Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud
Elective Exam: 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud
Preparation Course: 20247 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud
Elective Exam: 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud

Note that Microsoft will change the required elective exams every calendar year.

Additional Cloud Learning Solutions

AWS Training

New Horizons Training for AWS: Fundamentals
This course is designed for technology enthusiasts who are working in IT who would like to learn about the core cloud services provided by AWS. Target Audience: Information Technology practitioners and leaders who are new to AWS and who will be supporting or implementing AWS in their organizations; Business and technology leaders responsible for articulating the technical and business benefits of using AWS; and Administrators and developers who are evaluating the use of AWS services.

New Horizons Training for AWS: Systems Operations
This covers the duties of those who are responsible for implementing, and maintaining a computer systems and networking architecture in the AWS platform. Target Audience: This course is designed for system administrators and other IT practitioners who will be implementing, supporting, and maintaining Amazon Web Services in their organizations. This course is also designed for students who are seeking the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator—Associate Level certification and who want to prepare for the requisite exam.

Cisco Cloud Technology

Cisco believes the network platform is a foundational component of Cloud. The network is critical to providing intelligent connectivity within and beyond the data center. It also enables distinctive functionality in a secure, trusted, and ubiquitous platform. The network is the natural home for management and enforcement of policies relating to risk, performance, and cost. Only the network sees all data, connected resources, and user interactions over the public internet, as well as within and between Clouds. The network is thus uniquely positioned to monitor and meter usage and performance of distributed Cloud services and infrastructure.

The following Cisco courses are an excellent starting point to building the fundamental networking and security knowledge you'll need to work in the cloud:

Cloud Specific

CCNA Cloud (Cisco Certified Networking Associate - Cloud)

Microsoft Cloud Technologies

Microsoft is a leading provider of cloud technologies and applications with solutions that fit every level of business need, including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Windows Server Hyper-V and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. New Horizons is among the largest networks of Microsoft Partners for Gold and Silver Learning Solutions in the world.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is the most basic cloud deployment. Microsoft's IaaS solution hosts all your server capabilities for file and print, file storage, networking, and security. Microsoft can host Windows Server, System Center, Forefront Security, & Windows Intune to keep your network up and running and secure, while applications and client operating systems still reside on your own computers. All server and network technology would be hosted and managed in the cloud.

Windows Server

Take advantage of Windows Server's new applications and services on-premises and in public Cloud environments to deliver a whole new level of business value.

System Center

Manage your IT environments across traditional datacenters, private and public Clouds, client computers, and devices.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

Here not only do you host your networking in the cloud but you also move over your development solutions as well. Microsoft's PaaS solution adds in support via Windows Azure (the cloud development component) to support SQL Server in the Cloud as well as any custom solutions. Data is hosted in a cloud SQL database and then uses that platform to write a custom app that works through a browser to access the data and determine the best prices and options. Windows Azure App Fabric is a tool that helps stitch all these parts together into a single cloud platform that developers can build off of.

Microsoft Azure

Build, host and scale applications in Microsoft datacenters with no up-front expenses, no long term commitment, and only pay for the resources you use.

SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server is a Cloud-ready information platform that will ease data sharing across organizations and enable quickly built solutions to extend data across on-premises and public Cloud.

Visual Studio | .NET

At the heart of developing enterprise applications destined for the cloud, Visual Studio is your ultimate all-in-one development environment.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

The highest level of cloud implementation is Software as a Service (SaaS). Here all of your networking, your development platform, your operating systems, and individual applications are hosted in the cloud - you simply have to have a computer with a web browser and a fast internet connection. Through Microsoft's SaaS solution, Office 365, all the services for networking, applications, SharePoint, Exchange, CRM, and Skype Communications come across the web to your computer. This allows for the least physical footprint of equipment in an organization.

Office 365

Businesses deploy Office 365 to enhance productivity and ensure continuous availability of resources to their employees. However, this puts more stress on the administrators who have the responsibility of managing the cloud-based environment.

Exchange Server

Microsoft's premier messaging platform is fully equipped to take your messaging services into the Cloud.

Skype for Business

Skype for Business delivers a fresh, intuitive user experience that brings together the different ways people communicate in a single interface. This unified experience facilitates rapid user adoption, while the ability to support a full range of communications from a single platform reduces both capital and operational costs.

SharePoint Server

Microsoft SharePoint makes it easier for people to work together, and when running on Hyper-V, customers can experience the benefits of virtualization, such as reduced hardware and energy costs, without sacrificing high levels of performance and scalability.

Dynamics CRM

Plan, initiate, and track your campaigns from one central platform. The interface appearance is built on familiar software like Outlook and can be used flexibly thanks to web-based services.

The NCTA’s unique CloudMASTER® certification program provides IT professionals with a strong foundation in cloud technologies, and overall cloud architecture and management of cloud infrastructure, as well as a solid technical background in modern web services deployment and administration.

The CloudMASTER® certification program is comprised of three courses with exams: Cloud Technologies, Cloud Operations, and Cloud Architecture. Those seeking CloudMASTER® status must pass each of these exams or take one cumulative CloudMASTER examination.

NCTA Cloud Technologies
An overview of cloud computing will help you develop a deep understanding of the models and understand the landscape of technologies used in the cloud and those employed by users of cloud services. You will receive multiple points of view, firsthand experience and a foundation in managing industry leading cloud services like Amazon Web Services, Drupal, WordPress, Google Docs and Digital Ocean.

NCTA Cloud Operations
This module helps you study the management of cloud operations and addresses the application need for compute power, managing CPU scaling, and meeting both structured and unstructured storage requirements. You will learn how to painlessly deploy fairly complex applications that scale across multiple instances in cloud technologies including Windows Azure Chef, Chef Solo, Linux and Windows Tools.

NCTA Cloud Architecture
This module includes OpenShift, OpenStack, VMware, Amazon Web Services, Azure and Rackspace, and provides a framework to assess application performance needs while addressing business requirements of Return on Investment (ROI), Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Groups will complete a cloud assessment of Fortune 100 firms using public information and make presentations to the client.

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