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Getting Started with Cloud Computing

Michael Shannon

Cloud computing is quickly becoming one of the most important topics you can learn to stay current in today’s technical landscape. In this introduction to cloud computing, you will learn the basics you need to get started with your cloud computing career. The course will start by detailing key cloud computing concepts and then quickly move on from there.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • Getting Familiar with Virtualization
  • Cloud Service and Deployment Types
  • Compute and Hosting Services
  • Storage Services
  • Database and Big Data Services
  • Serverless AWS Lambda and GCP Functions
  • Getting Started with Amazon Web Services
  • Getting Started with Google Cloud Platform
  • Security in the Cloud
  • Networking and Connecting to AWS and GCP
  • Monitoring AWS and GCP with Stackdriver
  • Container and IoT Services
  • Machine Learning Services
  • Blockchain Services

This training course is for you because...

  • You are considering using Cloud Providers like AWS or Google Cloud
  • You want to get a better view of the topics covered on the Cloud+ exam
  • You want to supplement you existing test prep by performing a topic gap analysis


  • Basic networking, database, storage and security knowledge
  • A fundamental understanding of cloud computing
  • Basic understanding of application development
  • Some experience using cloud services like Google Cloud or AWS


About your instructor

  • Michael J Shannon began his IT career when he transitioned from recording studio engineer to network technician for a major telecommunications company in the early 1990’s. He soon began to focus on security and was one of the first 10 people to attain the HIPAA Certified Security Specialist. Throughout his 30 years in IT he has worked as an employee, contractor, and consultant for several companies including Platinum Technologies, Fujitsu, IBM, State Farm, MindSharp, Thomson, Pearson, and Skillsoft among others. Mr. Shannon has authored several books, training manuals, blog articles, and CBT modules over the years as well. He has attained the CISSP, ITIL 4 Managing Professional, CCNP Security, Palo Alto PCNSE7 and OpenFAIR certifications in the security field as well as several cloud-based certifications for AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure. His hobbies are playing guitar, songwriting, and golf. He resides with his wife in Abilene Texas.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Segment 1 – Cloud Computing Overview (50 minutes)

  • Cloud computing definitions
  • Cloud types and deployment models
  • Key cloud characteristics and terms
  • Getting Familiar with Virtualization

10 minute break

Segment 2 – Cloud Operations Basics (60 minutes)

  • Understanding VM instance characteristics
  • Migration methods (The 6 “R”s of migration)
  • Compute and Hosting Services (with demos)
  • Storage Services (with demos)
  • Database Services
  • Serverless Function Services
  • Getting Started with Amazon Web Services (with demos)
  • Getting Started with Google Cloud Platform (with demos)

10 minute break

Segment 3 – Cloud networking and cloud security (60 minutes)

  • Networking in the cloud (with demos)
  • Security in the Cloud (with demos)
  • Monitoring AWS and GCP with Stackdriver

10 minute break

Segment 4 – Survey of popular cloud services and products (40 minutes)