WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
A Certified Cloud Governance Specialist has demonstrated proficiency in defining, establishing and evolving governance controls and frameworks specifically for cloud computing environments, cloud platforms and cloud-based services and IT resources, in support of organizational and technological governance requirements. Depending on the exam format chosen, attaining the Cloud Governance Specialist Certification can require passing a single exam or multiple exams. Those who achieve this certification receive an official digital Certificate of Excellence, as well as a digital Certification Badge from Acclaim/Credly with an account that supports the online verification of certification status.
The Cloud Governance Specialist certification track is associated with the following courses and the courses can be delivered via instructor-led training.
CCP Module 1: Fundamental Cloud Computing
This foundational course provides end-to-end coverage of fundamental cloud computing topics as they pertain to both technology and business considerations. The course content is divided into a series of modular sections, each of which is accompanied by one or more hands-on exercises.
The following primary topics are covered:
– Fundamental Cloud Computing Terminology and Concepts
– Basics of Virtualization
– Specific Characteristics that Define a Cloud
– Understanding Elasticity, Resiliency, On-Demand and Measured Usage
– Benefits, Challenges and Risks of Contemporary Cloud Computing Platforms and Cloud Services
– Cloud Resource Administrator and Cloud Service Owner Roles
– Cloud Service and Cloud Service Consumer Roles
– Understanding the Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud Delivery Model
– Understanding the Platform as a Service (PaaS) Cloud Delivery Model
– Understanding the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud Delivery Model
– Combining Cloud Delivery Models
– Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Community Cloud Deployment Models
– Business Cost Metrics and Formulas for Comparing and Calculating Cloud and On-Premise Solution Costs
– Formulas for Calculating and Rating SLA Quality of Service Characteristics
CCP Module 2: Cloud Technology Concepts
This course explores a range of the most important and relevant technology-related topics that pertain to contemporary cloud computing platforms. The course content does not get into implementation or programming details, but instead keeps coverage at a conceptual level, focusing on topics that address cloud service architecture, cloud security threats and technologies, virtualization and containerization.
Proven technologies are defined and classified as concrete architectural building blocks called “mechanisms”. The purpose of this course is to introduce cloud computing-related technology topics in a manner that is accessible to a wide range of IT professionals, as well as to empower participants with an understanding of the fundamental mechanics of a cloud platform, how the different “moving parts” can be combined, and how to address common threats and pitfalls.
The following primary topics are covered:
– Cloud Computing Mechanisms that Establish Architectural Building Blocks
– Virtual Servers, Containers, Ready-Made Environments, Failover Systems & Pay-Per-Use Monitors
– Automated Scaling Listeners, Multi-Device Brokers & Resource Replication
– Understanding How Individual Cloud Computing Mechanisms Support Cloud Characteristics
– An Introduction to Containerization, Container Hosting & Logical Pod Containers
– A Comparison of Containerization and Virtualization
– Cloud Balancing and Cloud Bursting Architectures
– Common Risks, Threats and Vulnerabilities of Cloud-based Services & Cloud-hosted Solutions
– Cloud Security Mechanisms used to Counter Threats and Attacks
– Understanding Cloud-Based Security Groups and Hardened Virtual Server Images
– Cloud Service Implementation Mediums (including Web Services and REST Services)
– Cloud Storage Benefits and Challenges, Cloud Storage Services, Technologies and Approaches
– Non-Relational (NoSQL) Storage Compared to Relational Storage
– Cloud Service Testing Considerations and Testing Types
– Service Grids and Autonomic Computing
– Cloud Computing Industry Standards Organizations
CCP Module 3: Fundamental Cloud Governance
This course explains IT governance as it pertains to the evolution and regulation of cloud computing environments and assets. Numerous models and framework components are explored to establish highly structured models for identifying and associating formal cloud governance precepts and processes to common cloud project stages.
The cloud governance lifecycle itself is described, along with associated tools and technologies that are further categorized into technology types that help automate different cloud governance task types. Cloud domain IT resource inventory models and cloud governance level models are also defined to help formalize and customize a comprehensive cloud governance framework.
Finally, the course concludes by providing precepts and processes for the project plan stage, including strategic roadmap definition and criteria for cloud maturity and adoption. Additional project stages are covered in CCP Module 11.
The following primary topics are covered:
– Understanding Cloud Governance Programs, Models, and Controls
– The Cloud Governance Lifecycle
– Common Cloud Project Lifecycle Stages (and How They are Governed)
– Cloud Domain IT Resource Inventory Models (centralized/federated cloud, centralized/federated multi-cloud)
– Cloud Governance Task Types (unsubscribed, automated, passive, active, etc.)
– Cloud Service Governance Types (simple, composite, hybrid, etc.)
– Cloud Governance Framework Components
– Cloud Governance Tools and Technology (registries, repositories, agents, network relays, policy systems, etc.)
– Cloud Governance Technology Types (administrative, enforcement, monitoring, reporting)
– Cloud Governance Precepts and Processes
– Cloud Governance Level Models (singe/multi enterprise/corporate)
– Defined Strategic Cloud Roadmap
– Defined Criteria of Cloud Maturity and Adoption
– Defined Cloud Service and Delivery Model
– Standardized Funding Model
– Strategic Cloud Planning and Stakeholder Engagement
– Cloud Maturity Model Definition and Cloud Maturity Gap Analysis
– Cloud Maturity Risk Assessment and Cloud Maturity Impact Analysis
CCP Module 4: Advanced Cloud Governance
This course builds upon the fundamental models and framework components covered in CCP Module 10 and identifies and describes numerous cloud governance precepts and processes for cloud project Define, Build, Test, Deliver, Operate, Consume and End Stages, as follows:
– Cloud Architecture Definition, Applied Business/Industry Standards, Defined Cloud Reference Architecture
– Defined Cloud Service Domains, Organizational Alignment and Standardized Funding Model, Tenant Isolation
– Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) Establishment, Ensured Organizational Competency
– Required Standards and Regulations Definition, Architecture Validation, Cloud Data Security Definition
– Cloud Data Security Assessment, Licensing and Tenant Isolation Assessments, Historical Log Collection
– Identified and Adhered Constraints, Cloud Service Domain Definition, Cloud Service Criteria Validation
– Cloud Service Review, SLA Matching, Cloud Service Standardization, Cloud Service Policy Validation
– Build Process Validation, Centralized Cloud Service Registry, Interoperable Cloud Service Standards
– Cloud Service Registry Access Control, Cloud Service Registry Record Review, Cloud Shared Usage Request
– Cloud Shared Service Modification Request, Cloud Service Interoperability Assessment
– Cloud Service Certification Review, Cloud Service Maintenance Review, Cloud Service Deployment Standards
– Cloud Service Test Results Review, Cloud Testing Tool Standards, Cloud Testing Parameter Standards
– Cloud Service Testing Standards, Cloud Integration Testing Standards, Cloud Test Data Usage
– Cloud Service De-Provisioning Notification, Cloud Service De-Provisioning
– Post-Termination Assessment, De-Provisioning Cloud Services
The following cloud governance metrics are also described: Metric Usage Assessment Definition, Cloud Service Operational Efficiency Governance
Onboarding Time, Average Provisioning Time or Average Deployment Time, Smart Incident Response, Problems Ratio, Improved Deployment or Optimized Deployment, Percentage of SLAs Met, Assessed Cloud SLA, Cloud Services Consumption Ratio, Percentage of Consumption Per Cloud Delivery Type, Cloud Service Usage State Assessment, Monitored Cloud Service Compliance, Cloud Compliance Metrics, Percentage of Compliance with Security Policies
CCP Module 5: Cloud Governance Lab
This course module presents participants with a series of exercises and problems that are designed to test their ability to apply their knowledge of topics covered previously in course modules 10 and 11. Completing this lab will help highlight areas that require further attention and will further prove hands-on proficiency in the application of cloud governance framework components, models, precepts and processes.
As a hands-on lab, this course provides a set of detailed exercises that require participants to solve a number of inter-related problems, with the ultimate goal of evaluating and creating cloud governance frameworks and associated precepts and processes as they pertain to cloud project stages.
For instructor-led delivery of this lab course, the Certified Cloud Trainer works closely with participants to ensure that all exercises are carried out completely and accurately. Attendees can voluntarily have exercises reviewed and graded as part of the class completion.
For individual completion of this course as part of the Module 12 Study Kit, a number of supplements are provided to help participants carry out exercises with guidance and resource references.
Duration: 5 days
- There are no formal prerequisites for the certification exam
You can take exams anywhere in the world via Pearson VUE testing centers, Pearson VUE online proctoring and Arcitura on-site exam proctoring at your location.
You are provided with three flexible exam format options:
Complete Exam C90.CGO, a single combined exam for the entire Cloud Governance Specialist certification track. Recommended for those who want to only take a single exam that encompasses all course modules within this track.
Complete the partial version of Exam C90.CGO. Recommended for those who have already obtained a CCP certification and would like to achieve the Cloud Governance Specialist Certification without having to be retested on CCP Modules 1 and 2.
Complete one module-specific exam for each course module in Cloud Governance Specialist Certification track. This is recommended for those who want to progress gradually through the track and who would like to be assessed after each course module before proceeding to the next.