NCTA – Certified Cloud Architect



Online Instructor-Led Training
Duration: 5 days

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National Cloud Technologists Association (NCTA) – Certified Cloud Architect

To be a cloud architect and a cloud master, you must apply techniques and strategies to design secure, scalable, cost-effective cloud solutions, and be able to convince executives to move forward with your recommendations. In this course, you will develop critical skills in discovering information essential to successfully planning cloud projects, determining requirements, and documenting information and recommendations. In addition, you will apply those concepts to evaluate cloud service providers, and design highly available and scalable solutions that are secure. You will leave this course able to compare, evaluate, and recommend cloud service providers, design secure and scalable cloud solutions, and give compelling, data-backed presentations that will get your recommendations approved, and your cloud projects green-lighted.

This course will also help prepare you to take the NCTA-Certified Cloud Architect (NCA) Exam NCA-110.

This is a 5 day (8am-4pm PST) Virtual Instructor-Led class. 

VILT Dates

Apr 1-5

Course Objectives

In this course, you will manage the design and plan the implementation of cloud architectures as needed to function as a Certified CloudMASTER or cloud architect.

You will:

  • Assess cloud solutions options.
  • Prepare for cloud migration.
  • Determine technical requirements.
  • Evaluate cloud service components.
  • Select AWS infrastructure components.
  • Determine database requirements.
  • Select Rackspace cloud features and components.
  • Select Microsoft Azure features and components.
  • Determine licensing and SLA requirements.
  • Design scalable cloud solutions.
  • Provide business continuity and disaster recovery.
  • Secure data in the cloud.
  • Secure access to cloud services.
  • Present your cloud migration plan.

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1: Assessing Cloud Solution Options
Topic A: Overview of Cloud Computing Technologies and Roles
Topic B: Determine the Type of Cloud Service Model
Topic C: Determine the Type of Cloud Implementation

Lesson 2: Preparing for Cloud Migration
Topic A: Manage Cloud Migration Risks
Topic B: Assemble a Cloud Team
Topic C: Document Cloud Project Information

Lesson 3: Determining Technical Requirements
Topic A: Determine Operating System Requirements
Topic B: Identify Application Requirements

Lesson 4: Evaluating Cloud Service Components
Topic A: Evaluate Cloud Computing Faciliities
Topic B: Evaluate Cloud Compute Components
Topic C: Evaluate Cloud Storage and Delivery Components
Topic D: Evaluate Virtualization Software
Topic E: Evaluate Cloud Management Platform Components

Lesson 5: Selecting AWS Infrastructure Components
Topic A: Select for Data Center Requirements
Topic B: Select AWS Compute Components
Topic C: Select AWS Networking Components
Topic D: Select AWS Storage and Content Delivery Components
Topic E: Select AWS Management and Monitoring Solutions
Topic F: Evaluate AWS PaaS Features

Lesson 6: Determining Database Requirements
Topic A: Define Database Requirements
Topic B: Select AWS Database Services

Lesson 7: Selecting Rackspace Cloud Features and Components
Topic A: Select Rackspace Cloud Compute and Network Components
Topic B: Select Rackspace Cloud Database Components
Topic C: Select Rackspace Cloud Storage
Topic D: Monitor Rackspace Solutions with Cloud Analytics

Lesson 8: Selecting Microsoft Azure Features and Components
Topic A: Select Azure Compute and Network Services
Topic B: Select Azure Database Services
Topic C: Select Azure Storage Services
Topic D: Select Azure App Services
Topic E: Select Azure Monitoring Solutions

Lesson 9: Determining Licensing and SLA Requirements
Topic A: Determine Licensing Requirements for Cloud Solutions
Topic B: Evaluate SLAs

Lesson 10: Designing Scalable Cloud Solutions
Topic A: Evaluate Scaling Options
Topic B: Manage Compute Resources
Topic C: Manage Memory Usage for Cloud Solutions
Topic D: Manage Storage for Cloud Solutions
Topic E: Manage Network Components

Lesson 11: Providing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Topic A: Protect Cloud Data
Topic B: Ensure Business Continuity
Topic C: Plan for Disaster Recovery

Lesson 12: Securing Data in the Cloud
Topic A: Use Encryption to Secure Data
Topic B: Secure Data-in-Transit
Topic C: Secure Data-at-Rest

Lesson 13: Securing Access to Cloud Services
Topic A: Evaluate Perimeter Security Requirements
Topic B: Define Authentication Requirements
Topic C: Define Security Event Processes

Lesson 14: Presenting Your Cloud Migration Plan
Topic A: Apply Presentation Fundamentals
Topic B: Create a Cloud Migration Presentation
Topic C: Deliver a Cloud Migration Presentation

Appendix A: NCTA-Certified Cloud Architect (NCA) Exam NCA-110 Course Mapping

Exam Information

Exam Voucher is included in the course fee.

Number of Questions: 32
Passing Score: 20 out of 32 (60%)
Duration: 55 minutes
Exam Options: In person at Pearson VUE test centers (book online)
Item Formats: Multiple Choice/Multiple Response/True-False


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