What is the Cloud?

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This module explains what servers and data centers are, before explaining what the cloud is and contrasting the different types of cloud service models. 

Learning Objectives 

The objectives of this Lesson are to provide you with and understanding of: 

  • the basic components and operation of servers and data centers. 
  • what the cloud means and its role in providing software, hardware and other computer services. 
  • the different types of cloud service models. 
  • the key business benefits of cloud services, including economic and security benefits. 

Intended Audience 

The Lesson is aimed at anybody who needs a basic understanding of what the cloud is, how it works, and the important considerations for using it. 

Prerequisites 

Although not essential, before you complete this Lesson it would be helpful if you have a basic understanding of server hardware components and what a data center is.  

Feedback 

We welcome all feedback and suggestions - please contact us at qa.elearningadmin@qa.com to let us know what you think. 

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Head of Learning - Cloud and Principal Technologist – Amazon Web Services
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Daniel Ives has worked in the IT industry since leaving university in 1992, holding roles including support, analysis, development, project management and training.  He has worked predominantly with Windows and uses a variety of programming languages and databases.

Daniel has been training full-time since 2001 and with QA since the beginning of 2006.

Daniel has been involved in the creation of numerous courses, the tailoring of courses and the design and delivery of graduate training programs for companies in the logistics, finance and public sectors.

Previous major projects with QA include Visual Studio pre-release events around Europe on behalf of Microsoft, providing input and advice to Microsoft at the beta stage of development of several of their .NET courses.

In industry, Daniel was involved in the manufacturing and logistics areas. He built a computer simulation of a £20million manufacturing plant during construction to assist in equipment purchasing decisions and chaired a performance measurement and enhancement project which resulted in a 2% improvement in delivery performance (on time and in full).

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