Capitalizing On The Cloud – Cloud Solution

At this point, several years in to the 'Cloud Computing Revolution,' every professional involved in technology, and most businesses that leverage technology, understand what the Cloud is, as well as its basic advantages. Many businesses have evolved past the initial stage of considering the pros and cons and have already moved to the cloud.

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.

AWS Business Essentials

AWS Business Essentials helps IT business decision makers understand the benefits of cloud computing and how a cloud strategy can help you meet your business objectives.

AWS Business Essentials

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

The National Cloud Technologists Association (NCTA) was created in 2012 with the intent to provide vendor-agnostic cloud technology training for IT professionals within all levels of an organization. In comparison with other cloud computing certifications, NCTA training and certification demonstrates real-world knowledge through practical activities and lab exercises, allowing students to learn and showcase a complete portfolio of skills on a wide range of common cloud technologies.

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, first hand experience and a foundation in managing industry leading cloud services like Amazon Web Services, Drupal, Wordpress, Google Docs and Digital Ocean.

NCTA Cloud Technologies

NCTA Cloud Operations

This course 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 Operations

Additional Cloud Learning Solutions

Amazon Web Services Cloud Technologies

Amazon Web Services offers a complete set of infrastructure and application services that enable you to run virtually everything in the cloud: from enterprise applications and big data projects to social games and mobile apps. With traditional infrastructure, it can take weeks to get a server procured, delivered, and running. These long timelines stifle innovation. With AWS, you can provision resources as you need them, deploying hundreds or even thousands of servers in minutes. Agility at low cost and global reach through the cloud are just two of the factors required today to remain competitive, whether you are a vast enterprise or a small start-up.

New Horizons offers a rich suite of courses that meet the needs of those new to AWS and those specializing in AWS architecture, system operations, or development.

Amazon Web Services Courses

AWS Technical Essentials
AWS Business Essentials
Big Data on AWS
Systems Operations on AWS
DevOps Engineering on AWS
Developing on AWS
Architecting on AWS
Advanced Architecting on AWS

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.

Windows Server Training and Certification

System Center

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

System Center Training and Certification

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.

Azure Training and Certification

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.

SQL Server Training and Certification

Visual Studio | .NET

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

Visual Studio Training and Certification

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.

Office 365 Training and Certification

Exchange Server

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

Exchange Server Training and Certification

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.

Skype for Business Training and Certification

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.

SharePoint Server Training and Certification

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.

Dynamics CRM Training and Certification

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:

CCNA Cloud (Cisco Certified Networking Associate - Cloud)

Cisco® Introducing Cisco Cloud Administration v1.0 (CLDADM)
Cisco® Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals v1.0 (CLDFND)

Cloudera Cloud Technologies

Big data is everywhere. With trillions of gigabytes of structured and unstructured data, and that volume doubling every couple of years, the need for this data to be stored, managed, processed, and analyzed effectively so that sound business decisions can be made has never been greater. Cloudera is the leader in Big Data open-source software, building its portfolio upon Apache Hadoop and other popular open-source projects such as Hive and Pig, Spark, and HBase. Quality training of your Hadoop staff, from developers to administrators, is critical to stay in stride with the technological challenges of the new big data world.

Apache Hadoop is the most widely used open-source software for optimizing data management by putting the right Big Data workloads in the right systems. Comprehensive training on Hadoop, whether you are a developer, administrator, or data analyst, ensures that your organization can reap the benefits of a Big Data implementation. New Horizons offers a variety courses on Hadoop and other popular courses that will take your Cloudera knowledge and experience to the next level.

Cloudera Courses

Cloudera Administrator Training for Apache Hadoop
Cloudera Developer Training for Apache Hadoop
Cloudera Data Analyst Training: Using Pig, Hive, & Impala with Hadoop
Introduction to Data Science: Building Recommender Systems Cloudera Training for Apache HBase
Cloudera Developer Training for Apache Spark
Designing and Building Big Data Applications

VMware Cloud Technologies

Virtualization is the cornerstone for cloud computing by maximizing the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications through virtualized servers and desktops. VMware's suite of cloud-enabled solutions delivers resources, applications, and even servers when and where they are needed saving customers 50-70% on overall IT costs by consolidating their resource pools and delivering highly available machines.

As a VMware Authorized Training Center, New Horizons is prepared to offer you the knowledge and skills to help you take advantage of the latest VMware virtualization and cloud computing products.

VMware Courses

VMware Certified Professional - Cloud (VCP-CLOUD) Certification

vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage

VMware Certified Professional (VCP5-DCV)

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage v6
VMware vSphere: Fast Track v6
VMware vSphere: What's New? v5.5 to v6.0
VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale v6

VMware Certified Professional - Desktop (VCP5-DT)

VMware Horizon (with View): Install, Configure, Manage v6.2
VMware Mirage v5.0 and Horizon with View v6.0: Fast Track

Other VMware Courses

VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators v6