Cloud Computing Fundamentals: Virtualization and Data Centers

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While the cloud is not necessarily dependent on virtualization, it's widely accepted that any competitive cloud will utilize it. Infrastructural and network connectivity considerations of the modern data center are greatly influenced by the requirements of the cloud. Data center infrastructure and components must be designed to address security, scalability, disaster recovery, and redundant high-speed connectivity needed to provide a successful cloud service. This course takes a closer look at the main enabling technologies, including data centers and virtualization that allow clouds to function.

Target Audience
IT professionals including managers, engineers, and technical staff evaluating or implementing cloud computing applications and services


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Cloud Computing Fundamentals: Virtualization and Data Centers

  • start the course
  • describe the key terms associated with virtualization
  • describe the processes and components of hardware virtualization
  • describe Type I and Type II virtualization hypervisors
  • describe virtual desktop infrastructure and application virtualization as components of desktop virtualization
  • describe network functions virtualization
  • describe storage types and storage virtualization technologies
  • describe how virtualization enables key characteristics of cloud computing
  • describe Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, and Citrix XenServer
  • describe Oracle and IBM server virtualization products
  • describe the components of a modern data center
  • describe the functions provided by a modern data center
  • describe how data centers relate to and enable cloud computing
  • describe the business trends in cloud computing
  • describe the technical trends in cloud computing
  • describe how cloud data centers are designed to support applications
  • describe the functional components of a cloud data center including storage, networking, computing, management, and services
  • describe the functions of the cloud data center and how they utilize virtualization technologies
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