Certified Cloud Computing Specialist (CCCS)

Introduction and Overview

Certified Cloud Computing Specialist (CCCS) is a 5-day intensive training program with hands-on and project work component (PWC) that participants will carry out at the end of the training. 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 various business 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.

In particular, it will also impart participant an in-depth knowledge of cloud computing – architectures, technologies, application development on clouds, emerging cloud standards, and performance monitoring and evaluation. The program will provide participants essential skills to examine cloud computing as well the technologies and framework that support cloud computing, the ability to apply cloud computing in different application contexts, and the ability to review and recommend suitability of, as well as implications of, cloud computing for a given application considering several technical and non-technical aspects.

Participants will gain requisite skills to review in-depth a variety of currently available cloud computing options, satisfactorily address the issue and challenges, develop cloud-based applications, offer cloud computing services, and deploy applications in clouds, addressing the cloud challenges.


  • 40 Hours (5 Days) Classroom Training

Who Should Attend?

  • Cloud Operations Engineer
  • Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
  • Cloud Operations Manager
  • Senior Cloud Operations Engineer
  • Information/ Database Architect
  • Infrastructure Architect
  • Integration Architect
  • IT Professionals
  • Business Analysts
  • Product Managers
  • Managers and Consultants
  • Students and Executives
  • Business Process Owners
  • Risk Management Employees
  • Cloud Software Engineer (Solution/Database)
  • IT Technical services specialists (IT, Security, Infrastructure, Test, etc.)


Participants are expected to have any one of the following certifications to take up this GSTF CCCS certification.

  1. GSTF Certified Cloud Computing Associate (CCCA)
  2. EXIN Cloud Foundation

Assessment and Certification

  • Component 1: Written Examination (MCQ)
    • 40 Questions
    • 1 Hour duration
    • Closed Book
    • Score 65% to pass
  • Component 2: Project Work Component (PWC)
    • Individual work
    • 2 weeks to complete from the last day of course
    • Score 65% to pass
  • Certification
    • Upon passing the course, you will be awarded “Certified Cloud Computing Specialis
    • Certification body – Global Science and Technology Forum


    • Supports 70% funding of the nett payable course and certification / assessment fee.
    • Eligible for Singapore citizens only.
    • Valid for courses and examinations commencing on or before 31 March 2015.
    • Terms and Conditions apply. Please visit www.ida.gov.sg/citrep for full details or contact 6327 0164 for enquiry.

Course Outcome

  • An in-depth understanding of cloud computing service models, deployment models, architecture with cloud service providers and the business aspects of adapting cloud into organization
  • Understand the various reasons behind cloud application deployment considerations, cloud economics and ROI with case studies
  • Acquire knowledge on virtualization, identity management, cloud testing, cloud monitoring and management
  • Understand cloud security and privacy issues
  • Learn the complete process of how to build and manage a private cloud with real time scenarios
  • Learn IaaS and PaaS cloud tools including cloud infrastructure management, cloud coding/programming and application deployment capabilities

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

Virtualization & Other Technologies

  • Introduction: Virtualization
  • Types
    • Platform virtualization
    • Resource virtualization
  • Uses of virtualization
  • Evolution of Virtualization
  • Traditional Server Concept Vs. Virtualization
  • Approaches to Platform Virtualization
    • Emulation or simulation
    • Native virtualization and full virtualization
    • Paravirtualization
    • Operating system-level virtualization
  • Hypervisor – Types
  • Resource Virtualization
  • Storage Virtualization in Detail
  • Block Virtualization: Deployment Models
    • Host Based
    • Storage device-based
    • Network Based Virtualization
  • Abstraction Methods
    • Disk address redirection
    • Mapping Table
    • I/O redirection
  • Key Players: Virtualization
  • Case Study: Virtualization @ Dell

Cloud Computing: Security, Privacy and Risks

  • Security: Introduction
  • Defining Security in Cloud
  • Infrastructure Security: The Network Level
  • Data Security and Storage
  • Customer and CSP Responsibilities: SaaS, PaaS and IaaS
  • Privacy in Cloud
  • Virtualization and Security
  • SSL in Cloud Computing
  • Modeling Risk and Vulnerabilities
  • SECaaS: Introduction
  • Cloud Audit

Cloud Computing: Identity and Access Management

  • Identity and Access Management: Introduction
  • The three ‘A’s: Authentication, Authorization & Auditing
  • IAM & Cloud
  • On Premise Identity Management Vs. On Cloud Identity Management
    • Kerberos
    • Active Directory
  • Identity as a service (IDaaS)
  • Standards

Cloud Monitoring, Management & Testing

  • Cloud Testing
  • Forms of Cloud-Based Software Testing
  • Types of Testing
  • Steps for Cloud Testing (Wiki)
  • Testing as a Service (TaaS)
  • Monitoring & Management

Pricing of Cloud Services and SLA in Cloud

  • Cloud Services Pricing Pyramid
  • Pricing for XaaS
  • Service Level Agreement
    • Common performance metrics
    • Rules of thumb on reliability
  • SLA
    • Google App
    • Microsoft
    • Amazon

Building a Private Cloud

  • Private Cloud: Basics
  • Types
    • Internal Private Cloudv
    • External Private Cloud
    • Virtual Private Cloud
  • Virtualization & Private Cloud
  • Preferred components in Private Cloud: Gartner
  • Setting up Private Cloud
    • Capacity Planning
    • Security
    • The case for management tools
    • Hurdles in building private cloud
  • Issues in Private Cloud: Organizational Readiness, Designing Private Cloud
  • Designing Private Cloud
    • Consolidated Infrastructure
    • Dynamic Resource Pooling
    • Resource Management
    • Self Service interface
    • IT Service Management
    • Metered Service
  • Case Study: Case: Creating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012