Certified Cloud Computing Associate (CCCA)

Introduction and Overview

The cloud computing training and certification program by Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF) is designed to provide knowledge, skills, competency and expertise to IT professionals, managers and students in the fast growing area of strategic importance – cloud computing. The program will help them embrace best practices in harnessing the promise and benefits of cloud computing – a rapidly emerging key new paradigm in IT – while managing the risks.

Certified Cloud Computing Associate (CCCA) program is a 2-day intensive training program. This program is specially designed to address the growing need for developing skills and expertise in this emerging Infocomm area Cloud Computing. The program will help the participants gain comprehensive understanding of cloud computing, various types of clouds and current cloud offerings that they can make use for different kinds of applications in different sectors. They will also gain the skills they need to identify cloud computing’s potential, benefits and risks and to evaluate cloud’s various offerings.


  • 16 Hours (2 Days) Classroom Training

Who Should Attend?

  • IT Professionals
  • Business Analysts
  • IT Managers
  • Consultants and System Integrators
  • IT architects, Business Process Owners
  • Risk Management Employees



Assessment and Certification

  • Component 1: Written Examination (MCQ)
    • 20 Questions
    • 0.5 Hour duration
    • Closed Book
    • Score 65% to pass
  • Certification
    • Upon passing the course, you will be awarded “Certified Cloud Computing Associate
    • Certification body – Global Science and Technology Forum


Course Outcome

  • An in-depth understanding of the concepts of cloud computing
  • Understand the various service models and deployment models of cloud computing
  • Understand the cloud architecture and its design aspects
  • Understand the business aspects of adapting cloud into organization
  • Understand the various reasons behind cloud application deployment considerations
  • Understand the cloud economics and ROI with case studies

Course Outline

Cloud Computing: Concepts and Overview

  • History of Computing
  • Introduction: Cloud Computing
  • Hype Cycle: Cloud
  • The Beginning of Cloud Computing & Evolution

A Closer Look: Cloud Computing

  • Definition & Concepts
  • Five Characteristics: NIST
  • The Cloud Cube model
  • Benefits & Demerits of cloud computing
  • Foundation & Precursors: Cloud Computing
    • Utility Computing
    • Grid Computing
    • Autonomic computing
    • Platform Virtualization
    • Service Oriented Architectures

Cloud Computing: Service & Deployment Models

  • Cloud: Service Models
    • SaaS
    • PaaS
    • IaaS
    • Other significant service models
    • Market Trends and Abstract Interaction Dynamics for XaaS
  • The Cloud Reference Model
  • Scope of Control: Service Models
  • Deployment Models
    • Private cloud
    • Community cloud
    • Public cloud
    • Hybrid cloud
  • Cloud Computing: The need
    • Implications for business
    • Impact of cloud on business operations
  • Open Cloud Manifesto
  • Cloud Washing

Cloud Architecture

  • Architecture Basics
  • SPI Model
  • High Level Architectural Approach
  • Cloud Reference Model
  • A zoomed architecture: Case Study
  • Cloud Storage
    • Pay-per-use model
    • Software agnostic
    • Reservation-less provisioning
    • Provider owned
  • Scope of Control: Service Models
  • SaaS, PaaS and IaaS in Detail

Cloud Service Providers & Services

    • Scope for Cloud Service Providers
    • Cloud Computing Taxonomy
    • Cloud Overview
      • Microsoft
      • Amazon
      • Google
      • Others
      • Comparison of Service Providers
    • Common Questions for choosing Service


  • Open Source Cloud Platforms
  • SaaS, PaaS and IaaS Service Providers in Details

Business Aspects of Cloud Computing & Adoption

  • Cloud Adoption Drivers
  • Creative Destruction Theory
  • A business strategy based on agility
  • Potential Candidates for Cloud Computing
  • Key Characteristics: Cloud Adoption
  • Service Providers: What to look for?
  • Business Aspects
    • Cloud-based Business network
    • Implications of the transition to Cloud Computing

Cloud Application deployment considerations

  • Cloud Computing Problems
  • Loss of Control in the Cloud
  • Taxonomy of Fear
  • Seven Cloud Risks – Gartner
  • Threats and vulnerabilities
  • Common networked system attacks
  • Cloud Service Provider Risks
  • Privacy Issues: Cloud Computing
    • Data life cycle
    • Storage
    • Retention
    • Destruction
    • Auditing, monitoring and risk management
    • Privacy breaches
    • Who is responsible for protecting privacy?
  • Security in Cloud
    • Security Breaches
    • Security management
    • Multi Level Cloud Security
    • Stakeholder Perspective
    • Case Study
  • Information Classification
    • Integrity of information stored in cloud
  • Amazon EC2 outage

Cloud Computing: Economics and ROI

  • New Economics of IT
  • Measuring the Cloud’s value
  • The Ten laws of Cloudonomics
  • The Ten laws of Behavioral Cloudonomics
  • Cost of Cloud Computing
  • Avoiding capital expenditures
  • Total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • Identification of Company’s Suitability for Cloud
  • Cloud ROI

Case Studies: Cloud Computing

  • SaaS Case Study
  • PaaS Case Study
  • IaaS Case Study