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Customized Cloud Computing Training

With the rapid growth in Cloud Computing, Learning Tree provides a growing number of Cloud Computing courses designed to equip attendees with the skills required to gain the maximum benefit for their organisations from Cloud Computing. Current courses offered include :

A new four day course on Amazon Web Services is under development. All of these provide a good coverage of the current state of the art in Cloud Computing. One of the things that is less advertised about Learning Tree courses is that they can be customised for onsite delivery to match your specific training requirements. Recently, both in the US and Europe a number of custom Cloud Computing courses have been delivered by Learning Tree, including a five-day course covering Cloud Computing and security, and a two-day cloud technology bootcamp. Both of these courses used sections from the standard brochure advertised courses but also had custom sections developed to meet the customers’ specific requirements. By running a course onsite–whether standard or customised–an organisation potentially gains a number of additional benefits over the public training courses including

  • Onsite consultant for the course duration
  • All course questions are specific to your organisation
  • Course material can be customised to cover exactly what you require in a time period that fits your project schedule
  • Examples can be related to your organisation

With Cloud Computing being such a wide ranging subject, with products from so many vendors available, it may be that the Learning Tree brochure advertised courses may not exactly match your training requirements. If that is the case, a customised onsite course may be the perfect solution for you. If one of the courses is a perfect match and you have a team to train, a private onsite delivery may be an appropriate solution for you too. If you have a Cloud Computing training requirement, contact Learning Tree to discuss your requirement and see which solution can best meet your needs.

Chris Czarnecki

Competition is Good, but …

I wanted to write a follow-up commentary to Chris’ recent excellent post about the competition in the cloud between Microsoft and Google.

I agree that it is vitally important to have a framework from which to analyze the different offerings. It is also necessary to be able to separate fact from hype. In any endeavor that involves change you really need to take a hard look at what problems you are trying to address and what the various choices offer in terms of functionality, price, performance, security, etc.

Consider the various productivity tools offered as SaaS. It would be difficult to convince a hard-core, number-crunching Marketing Analyst that he should give up his locally installed copy of Excel 2010 with PowerPivot, for example, in favor of the spreadsheet in Google docs. The functionality is just not there and it doesn’t really matter if there is a cost benefit, anywhere access or document sharing. On the other hand an administrative worker who only uses a spreadsheet to maintain simple lists might be perfectly well served with a basic application. Having locally installed high-powered analytical software on that user’s desktop is an underutilization of resources.

At the PaaS level, again you need to look at what problem you are trying to solve. Google seems to give developers more “for free” than Microsoft. Is that appealing? Or does it depend on other factors too? Obviously it depends on whether you are moving an existing application or doing greenfield work. You also need to consider storage requirements, existing skill-sets and degree of control and flexibility you need. With greater control and flexibility comes greater responsibility. For example Google App Engine offers some monitoring and diagnostics right out of the box. Currently Azure requires the developer to “roll her own” (using the API) or purchase a third party solution.

At the IaaS level there is no question that the Public Cloud is currently dominated by Amazon. There are, however, many other players who seek to offer slightly different value-propositions to their customers. It is not a one-size-fits-all market. It is similar to hotels, perhaps, where some prefer the large chains and some prefer a bed-and-breakfast. When thinking IaaS, you really have to consider whether or not a Public Cloud is even the right approach. Organizations with stringent security and regulatory requirements may not even have that choice. Most Private Clouds are IaaS and there are many options to choose from.

We spend a good deal of time in our introductory cloud computing course really looking at and discussing these issues. It is our intention to provide an overview of the offerings of the major players. We do this in a vendor-neutral way. At the end of the course our attendees have a good understanding of the basics of cloud computing and are armed with the knowledge they need to consider if, what and how it may fit into their own organizations.

Kevin

 


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