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Professional Cloud Solutions Architect Certification from Cloud Credential Council (CCC)


Course Introduction


Cloud computing has been around for a few years now and continues to be built on the foundations of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). Public and private cloud implementations are now mainstream options that solution architects need to understand and consider in their role. There are a range of capabilities and issues that need to be successfully navigated to support the adoption, development and performance optimization of cloud solutions and services in the enterprise and the wider marketplace and IT ecosystem.

This syllabus examines these major issues and modern cloud-enabled systems and services and their impact on business models, software, hardware and devices. It looks at the following emerging new trends and leading architecture solutions:

  • Tablets and other smart devices and platforms and their important role today in modern internet-based service ecosystems.

  • The development of private cloud solutions and hybrid cloud solutions that are complementary and alternative to public clouds and their role in business and IT portfolio management and service hosting and delivery models.

  • How social enterprise and business processes are converting into new online end user experience systems, mash-ups and services.

  • Cloud computing is also creating new development, test and delivery models that are spreading across on-premise and off-premise hosting and deployment channel models.

Solution architects need to consider how existing systems and new solution practices driven by on-demand cloud computing are impacting on consumers, provider private- and public-enabled systems and the integrated hybrid categories of IT and business that are now part of today’s technology landscape.


Learning Levels

The modern version of Bloom’s taxonomy of learning is a widely used classification framework for course syllabi and assessments for certification. The taxonomy classifies learning into six ascending levels.

  • Level 1 – the Knowing Level: Exhibit memory of previously learned materials by recalling facts, terms, basic concepts and answers.

  • Level 2 – the Comprehension level: Demonstrative understanding of facts and ideas by organizing, comparing, translating, interpreting, giving descriptions, and stating main ideas.

  • Level 3 – the Application level: Using new knowledge. Solve problems to new situations by applying acquired knowledge, facts, techniques and rules in a different way.

  • Level 4 – the Analysis level: Examine and break information into parts by identifying motives or causes. Make inferences and find evidence to support generalizations.

  • Level 5 – the Evaluate level: Present and defend opinions by making judgments about information, validity of ideas or quality of work based on a set of criteria.

  • Level 6 – the Creation level: Compile information together in a different way by combining elements in a new pattern or proposing alternative solutions.

The level of this advanced course for the Professional Cloud Solution Architect role is level 3-4 (Apply, Analyze).


Module objective

Module 1. History of Cloud Computing

Key Topics

  • Why Cloud

  • Basics of Cloud Computing

  • SOA and Cloud

Learning Objectives

  • (L2) Explain the history of emergence of cloud computing.

  • (L3) Interpret the importance of the history of computing and the impact on cloud architecture design.

  • (L4) Explain the pros and cons of utility computing, grid computing, and cloud computing.

  • (L3) Relate the impact of the shift from virtualization to cloud.

  • (L4) Understand the impact of factors such as the Internet, sustainability, energy awareness, and the emergence of tablets and smart devices on business.

  • (L3) Interpret cloud-related service models, including Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and enterprise architecture.

Module 2. Impact of Cloud Computing

Key Topics

  • Impact on Business and IT Models

  • Impact on Change – Business, IT Transition, and Transformational Drivers

  • New Business Models – Custom Versus Product

  • Comparison of Make, Buy, and Rent

  • Value and Monetization Impact

  • Security, Risk, and Compliance Impact

Learning Objectives

  • (L2) Explain how cloud computing has created new types of business and IT models through disruption and innovation.

  • (L3) Relate the key risk, security, and legal issues inherent in applying cloud solutions.

  • (L4) Outline the correct variant architecture solutions in case study scenarios.

Module 3. Technology Engineering of Cloud Computing

Key Topics

  • Protocols, Interfaces, and Frameworks

  • Web of Devices and Web of Services

  • Internet, Internetworking, and Telecommunications

  • Data Centers, Facilities, and Fabric

  • Cloud Technology Components

Learning Objectives

  • (L2) Outline the changes in information technology that have enabled cloud computing.

  • (L3) Explain the technology implications of operating “as a service”.

  • (L3) Identify the relevant key engineering related to cloud solutions architecture.

  • (L3) Distinguish the relevant technology stack layers and their shift towards distributed network based services.

  • (L3) Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between virtualization and cloud management.

  • (L4) Analyze the types of cloud resources, including cloud storage, cloud database, and Operating System (OS).

Module 4. Cloud Computing Solution Architectures

Key Topics

  • The Architecture Layers

  • Cloud Solution Architectures: XaaS

  • Cloud Reference Architecture Principles

  • Consumer and Provider Reference Architecture

  • Cloud Security Reference Architectures

  • Industry Reference Architecture Standards

Learning Objectives

  • (L2) Outline the development of architecture reference models in information technology.

  • (L3) Show the impact and influence of new cloud-enabled solution reference architecture models.

  • (L4) Compare the different consumer and provider perspectives of cloud computing architectures.

  • (L3) Outline appropriate architecture module views and key metadata used to define a cloud solution architecture in IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS.

Module 5. Cloud Service Life Cycle

Key Topics

  • Key Concepts of Cloud Service Life Cycle

  • Key Cloud Computing Life Cycle

  • Sourcing and Provisioning Life Cycle

  • Product and Custom Service Life Cycle

  • Development Ops Life Cycle

  • Service Management Life Cycle

  • Cloud Governance Life Cycle

Learning Objectives

  • (L2) Recapitulate the different control and management issues in different cloud deployment solutions.

  • (L3) Identify and apply the different cloud life cycles.

  • (L4) Define the key features of cloud service life cycle steps.

  • (L3) Identify the key architecture features that affect cloud service selection and delivery.

Module 6. Service Transition and Service Transformation

Key Topics

  • Benefits, Challenges, Opportunities, and Barriers

  • Investors’ and Stakeholders’ Expectations

  • TCO Models

  • Impact of Cloud on Business Operating Models

  • Impact of Cloud on Legacy IT

  • Impact of Cloud on Migration and Transformation

  • Cloud Transformation and Innovation

Learning Objectives

  • (L2) Summarize the key features and issues of transitioning to cloud services and their impact on transforming the business.

  • (L3) Identify features and issues of running IT as a business in cloud computing.

  • (L3) Recognize the primary issues involved in the certification and accreditation of a cloud solution.

  • (L4) Compare different strategies to maximize the enablers and minimize the barriers of adopting cloud computing as a business option.

Module 7. Consumer Perspective on Setting Up Cloud Environments

Key Topics

  • Key Consumer Processes for Cloud

  • Consumer Usage Models and Scenario

  • Key Consumer Solution Architecture Features

Learning Objectives

  • (L2) Summarize the key business features of a consumer cloud solution architecture.

  • (L3) Prepare and plans a specific consumer cloud environment for a given scenario.

  • (L4) Identify the key steps in setting up a consumer cloud environment.

Module 8. Provider Perspective on Setting Up Cloud Environments

Key Topics

  • Cloud provider processes to set up a cloud environment

  • Cloud provider usage models and scenarios

  • Cloud provider solution architecture features

Learning Objectives

  • (L3) Explore the perspective of a cloud provider when architecting a cloud environment.

  • (L3) Summarize the key business features of a cloud solution architecture.

  • (L4) Prepare and plan a specific cloud provider environment for a scenario.

  • (L4) Identifies the key steps in setting up a cloud environment.

Module 9. Cloud Ecosystem

Key Topics

  • Cloud Ecosystem – Introduction

  • Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Business and Technology Ecosystems and Drivers

  • Entities and Ecosystems – Cloud Interactive Ecosystem Language

Learning Objectives

  • (L2) Understand the cloud-based ecosystem.

  • (L3) Identify the impact of wider concepts, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Everything (IOE), on the process of architecting cloud solutions.

  • (L4) Discover and prioritize the value drivers of business and technology ecosystems.

  • (L2) Understand the Ecosystem Design Language.

Module 10. Types of XaaS Solutions

Key Topics

  • XaaS Solutions and the Architecture Landscape

  • XaaS Solution Definitions

  • Make, Buy, Subscribe, and Reuse Options Analysis

  • Cloud ROI and TCO Models

Learning Objectives

  • (L2) Relate to the historical development of cloud computing and its future path to new cloud ecosystem solutions.

  • (L3) Identify the types of Anything/Everything as a Service (XaaS) solutions and service options.

  • (L3) Identify the key cloud functional and non-functional criteria.

  • (L4) Define and compare the features of the different XaaS solution architecture models.

  • (L3) Define a cloud solution architecture design.

Module 11. Targeting the Right Solution Architecture

Key Topics

  • Cloud Solution Requirements

  • Cloud Fit Selection

  • Cloud Solution Architecture Specification

  • Cloud Business Case

  • Cloud Implementation Roadmap

Learning Objectives

  • (L3) Identify the criteria to fit the cloud solution requirements for a specific type of cloud solution.

  • (L2) Define the key cloud solution architecture specifications.

  • (L4) Prepare a business case for a cloud solution.

  • (L2) Identify key stages and tasks for a cloud implementation roadmap.


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