Certification Training and Examination - EXIN

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“Cloud” is a much-used IT industry term that means different things to different people. Does it mean Web-based applications? Web-hosted services? Centralized server farms and data centers? Platforms for developing and running scalable applications?

The cloud is about providing services—Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Software as a Service (SaaS). Another way to look at it: The cloud is about providing a pool of computing resources that all operate together, effectively as a single computer. The cloud has been called the next logical step in enterprise computing. No longer as much about managing infrastructure, enterprise computing is now more about managing information. It’s about having your storage, your application development environment, your applications, and your security available to you when you need them—all from an information technology grid.

Why consider moving to a cloud model? Why now?

Greater business agility. A cloud model gives you the ability to respond to business demands more effectively and helps ensure employees have on-demand access to critical business information, customers, partners, and each other, using nearly any device, from virtually anywhere. The result: They can give priority to the most critical business tasks first. Greater resource agility. The management burden of anticipating and building out excess capacity IT infrastructure decreases. The result—less management, maintenance, and deployment time, with the additional benefit of greater scalability to more easily handle peaks in demand. Managed costs. From a financial perspective, you can manage costs as a capital expense or an operational expense depending on what works best for your business. Smaller carbon footprint. At the same time, using off-premises IT infrastructure has the additional value of decreasing your environmental impact through a reduction in the physical resources required to run on-premises systems. But are there risks in cloud computing? What does it mean to your role as an IT leader in your organization? Does it mean giving up control? Well managed Cloud Services answer all of these questions.

Topics covered in the training and exam

  • The principles of Cloud Computing
  • The concept of Cloud computing
  • How Cloud computing evolved
  • Cloud computing architectures
  • Drivers and limitations of Cloud computing
  • Implementing and Managing Cloud computing
  • Building a local Cloud environment
  • The principles of managing Cloud services
  • Using the Cloud
  • Accessing the Cloud
  • Unified Computing System
  • How Cloud Computing can support business processes
  • How Service Providers can use the Cloud
  • Security and compliance
  • Security risks of Cloud computing and mitigating measures
  • Managing identity and privacy in the Cloud
  • Evaluation of Cloud computing
  • The business case for Cloud computing
  • Remote Office Virtualization Designs
  • Evaluation of Cloud computing implementations
  • Service Integration in the Data Center
  • Infrastructure Segmentation
  • The Next-Generation Enterprise WAN
  • SAN Extension Overview
  • Optical Networking Solutions
  • SONET/SDH Services
  • FCIP
  • iSCSI
  • Next-Generation Data Center Architectures and Technologies
  • Case Studies (see the list below)
  1. ERSPAN Design Study
  2. WAN Optimization Study
  3. Unified Fabric Design Study
  4. Top-of-Rack Architecture Design Study
  5. Basic vPC Design Study
  6. SAN Extension Design Study
  7. Service-Oriented Infrastructure Design Study
  8. Virtual Access–Layer Design Study

You will also learn in detail some of the cloud language keywords such as -

Keywords: WAN optimization; TCP acceleration; caching; Steelhead Appliance; compression; deduplication; scalable data referencing; application acceleration; WAN optimizers; QoS; TCP proxying; VDI; VSI, services aggregation layer; services chassis; SLB; virtual contexts; firewall virtualization; routed mode; transparent mode; bridged mode; multi-VRF; MPLS over L2 circuits; DMVPN per VRF; NHRP; mGRE; MPLS VPN over DMVPN; L2 segmentation; L3 segmentation; multi tenant; type 1 hypervisor; ESX Server; Nexus 1000V switch; port profiles; VMFS; RDM; block aggregation; symmetric virtualization; asymmetric virtualization; TRILL; vPCs; LACP; vPC host mode; MAC pinning; unified fabric; 10GE; PFC; delayed drop; DCBX; QCN; FCoE; FCF; FC-2V; FIP; SPMAs; FPMAs; FC-MAP; top-of-rack; CNA; end-of-row; rack-and-roll; business continuity; disaster recovery; dark fiber; DWDM; CWDM; SONET; SDH; FCIP; iSCSI; recovery point objective; recovery time objective; synchronous replication; asynchronous replication; FC flow control; drooping; UPSR; BLSR; FCIP write acceleration; FCIP tape acceleration; unsolicited data transfer; proxy-initiator mode.

Prerequisites for the exam

None. However fundamental awareness of what is cloud computing will definitely help the delegates learn the concepts better. There is a pre-course reading material for this training.

Exam content (Syllabus)

  • The principles of Cloud Computing. This chapter deals with definitions, types of clouds (Public, Private and Hybrid) and cloud services (IAAS, PAAS, SAAS)
  • Using the Cloud. This part is about accessing the cloud and mobility in the cloud
  • Security and Compliance. Is about the risks of cloud computing and the measures you can take
  • Implementing and managing Cloud Computing. You learn about local cloud networks and how to support the use of cloud computing,
  • Evaluation of Cloud Computing. Examples of the subjects here are cost aspects, (dis)advantages and SLA’s.

Exam Details

  • Number of questions: 40
  • Pass mark: 65% (26 out of 40)
  • Open book/notes: not allowed
  • Proctor / invigilator - yes