Cloud Principles and Delivery Mechanisms

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Now that you have a good understanding of the cloud basics, let's now compare the cloud and on-premise solutions. In this video, I want you to consider some of the effects of taking traditional on-premise infrastructure, and moving it to the cloud. When you move to the cloud, you may sense a loss of control. This is temporary, and should reduce as you build up the trust with your cloud service provider, and become more comfortable with the service and tools that you use to manage the cloud. With your own hardware, you often help design, build, and configure the infrastructure.

You also have physical access to the hardware, and you're able to maintain and monitor it with your own hand. You use the graphical user interface, or GUI; simply put, you have full control. With the cloud, you consume services and lose physical touch with the hardware. You have limited access to the hardware, and configure everything through a web-based management console, which sits outside of the resources. You are abstracted from the hardware, and that can feel a bit alien. For the IT guy, moving to the cloud is a big change.

No physical access to the hardware, no more operating system patching, fewer software installations, no more reboots, and more security layers and complexity. The IT admin who has moved to the cloud still has plenty to do, just that they will do it differently, such as they will remotely control the servers in the data center, effectively adopting a fly by wire attitude to their service. They will manage cloud services to ensure that there's no unplanned interruptions, and manage internal access to those services.

Finally, they will monitor utilization and usage, and save money wherever possible. In the next movie, we will cover the concepts of abstraction, management, and ownership when applied to cloud computing.

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Gain a new or enhanced understanding of cloud principles, service offerings, delivery mechanisms, and security requirements. This course focuses on the objectives for the first two domains of the Microsoft Cloud Fundamentals exam (98-369: Understand the Cloud and Enable Microsoft Cloud Services). IT professionals and those interested in pursuing certification can use this course as an exam preparation resource.

Topics include:

  • Cloud principles and security mechanisms

  • Cloud security requirements and policies

  • Cloud updates and availability

  • Types of cloud services

  • Signing up for cloud services

  • Configuring cloud services

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