Exam Number: CLO-001

The CompTIA Cloud Essentials certification exam is a vendor-neutral technical qualification.

The exam is relevant to:

• Business analysts.

• Business process owners.

• Technical support staff.

• Managed service provider personnel.

• New datacenter staff.

• Sales/marketing staff in cloud product or service management environments.

The CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam will show that successful candidates:

• Have the knowledge and understanding of cloud computing principles and concepts.

• Understand what cloud computing means from a business and technical perspective.

• Comprehend what is involved in moving to and governing the cloud.

Course Objectives

1.0 Characteristics of Cloud Services from a Business Perspective
-Understand common terms and definitions of cloud computing and provide examples.
-Describe the relationship between cloud computing and virtualization.
-Name early examples of cloud computing.
-Understand several common definitions of cloud computing and their commonalities/differences.
-Recognize what types organizations might benefit from cloud computing.
-Recognize what types organizations might not benefit from cloud computing.
-Distinguish between the different types of clouds, including XaaS, IaaS and PaaS, and give examples of them.

2.0 Cloud Computing and Business Value
-Recognize the similarities and differences between cloud computing and outsourcing.
-Understand the following characteristics of clouds and cloud services from a business perspective.
-Demonstrate how the characteristics of cloud computing enhance business value.

3.0 Technical Perspectives/Cloud Types
-Understand the difference between private and public types of clouds from a technical perspective and provide examples.
-Understand at a high level the following important techniques and methods for cloud computing deployment.
-Explain technical challenges and risks for cloud computing and methods to mitigate them for.
-Describe the impact of cloud computing on application architecture and the application development process.

4.0 Steps to Successful Adoption of Cloud Computing
-Explain typical steps that lead to a successful adoption of cloud computing services
-Understand the roles and capabilities of cloud computing vendors and dependencies on the vendors.
-Describe multiple approaches for migrating applications.
-Understand the following organizational capabilities that are relevant for realizing cloud benefits.
-Describe multiple approaches for migrating applications.

5.0 Impact and Changes of Cloud Computing on IT Service Management
-Understand the impact and changes of cloud computing on IT service management in a typical organization.
-Use a structured approach based on ITIL to explore the potential impact of cloud computing in your organization.

6.0 Risks and Consequences of Cloud Computing
-Explain and identify the issues associated with integrating cloud computing into an organization’s existing compliance risk and regulatory framework.
-Explain the implications for direct cost and cost allocations.
-Understand how to maintain strategic flexibility.

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