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Training Implementing a Private Cloud Solution – 4 days

Class overview :

As organizations evaluate cloud computing technologies, many are unwilling to trust the public cloud with their sensitive data. Creating a private cloud solution can allow your organization to exploit the benefits of cloud technologies within its data centers.

Class goals :

  • Build dedicated and hosted private cloud solutions to optimize IT service delivery
  • Assess private cloud computing options to solve business problems
  • Leverage open source and proprietary private cloud products
  • Manage and monitor your cloud infrastructure to improve resource utilization
  • Secure key components of your private cloud implementation
  • Integrate your private cloud with a public cloud to create a hybrid cloud solution

Content of Implementing a Private Cloud Solution

Introduction to Private Cloud Computing

  • Defining private cloud computing models
  • Specifying architectural components
  • Comparing SaaS, PaaS and IaaS service models
  • Leveraging a virtualized infrastructure
  • Identifying cloud market players

Solving IT Challenges with Cloud Technologies

Applying the benefits of private cloud computing in your organization

  • Identifying the business drivers
  • Maximizing resource utilization
  • Improving service provisioning time

Estimating private cloud implementation costs

  • Analyzing the cost benefits with a decision matrix
  • Comparing pricing models
  • Calculating hosted fees vs. on-premises costs

Implementing an On-Premises Private Cloud

Leveraging open source solutions

  • Identifying architectural components in OpenStack
  • Exploring OpenStack community projects
  • Enabling application computing power
  • Fabricating facilities for redundant data storage
  • Connecting private cloud components through the virtual network

Extending investment in proprietary technologies

  • Examining the Microsoft private cloud solution
  • Creating a Hyper-V private cloud
  • Building a virtual network
  • Customizing storage allocation
  • Monitoring and reporting on private cloud resource utilization

Automating self-service provisioning with the System Center Virtual Machine Manager portal

  • Planning host sizing and consolidation
  • Working with templates and clones
  • Deploying virtual machine images
  • Managing hosts and virtual machines

Deploying an Off-Premises Private Cloud Solution

Building and managing a dedicated infrastructure

  • Differentiating between hosting models: physical vs. virtual
  • Optimizing the infrastructure based on usage patterns

Commissioning physical hosted servers

  • Starting with bare metal configurations
  • Automating installation tasks
  • Administering servers from a Web-based control panel

Provisioning virtual hosted dedicated servers

  • Specifying instance resources appropriately
  • Scaling computing and storage based on demand
  • Scheduling near-line backups and images

Amazon Web Services (AWS) multitenant servers

  • Networking with Virtual Private Cloud to ensure maximum security
  • Creating and attaching Elastic Block Storage (EBS) volumes
  • Launching Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) instances

Securing the Private Cloud

Evaluating the layers of cloud security

  • Applying certification standards as a security benchmark
  • SAS70 Type II
  • PCI DSS Level 1
  • ISO 27001
  • FISMA
  • Enhancing account access security features
  • Safeguarding physical and logical assets

Virtualizing security components

  • Configuring virtual private cloud firewalls
  • Establishing Virtual Private Network (VPN) segments
  • Authenticating users and authorizing access
  • Selecting trusted availability zones

Integrating Disparate Cloud Types

Creating a hybrid cloud

  • Interconnecting public, private and community clouds
  • Handling excess demand with cloud bursting

Ensuring hybrid cloud security

  • Maintaining sensitive data on- and off-premises
  • Federating security policies across clouds

Achieving project delivery success

  • Planning your private cloud road map
  • Realizing business and capacity objectives

Onze voordelen :

  • Type of training: Inter-company, intra-company and individual
  • 100% flexible & personalised training : You choose the place, the dates and the training program
  • Offer request : Response within 24 hours
  • 50% discount for SME’s from Brussels-Capital Region
  • Free parking, lunch & drinks
  • Free use of our Digital Competence Centre: Manuals, courses, exercises, …

PIXYSTREE SCS

Rue Beeckmans, 53
1180 Bruxelles

Tel : +32 2 412 04 10
Fax : +32 2 412 04 19
Gsm : +32 485 212 722
Email : selossej@pixystree.com

http://www.pixystree.com

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Training Cloud Computing with Amazon Web Services – 4 days

Class overview :

As cloud computing revolutionizes IT, organizations must search for the right cloud solution for a flexible and cost-effective infrastructure. Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides a comprehensive range of IT cloud products that allows organizations to access reliable and scalable computing resources.

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Class goals :

  • Develop a robust, flexible and cost-effective cloud solution with Amazon Web Services
  • Design a highly durable and reliable storage system using Amazon S3, RDS and SimpleDB
  • Customize Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) images to meet your business needs
  • Build a high-performance computing environment that automatically scales up or down to meet demand
  • Deploy and host Web applications using AWS Elastic Beanstalk and Amazon CloudFormation
  • Leverage the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud to provision secure, isolated resources

Content of Cloud Computing with Amazon Web Services

Administering Amazon Web Services

Getting started with Amazon cloud

  • Creating accounts and analyzing the cost breakdown
  • Evaluating Service Level Agreements (SLA)
  • Console, command-line tools and API

Overview of the architecture

  • EC2
  • S3
  • EBS
  • Beanstalk
  • RDS
  • VPC
  • CloudFront
  • SimpleDB
  • SQS
  • CloudWatch
  • Selecting geographic regions and availability zones

Achieving Agility with EC2

Managing the EC2 infrastructure

  • Browsing Amazon Machine Images (AMI)
  • Launching instances
  • Specifying security groups and key pairs

Provisioning resources

  • Evaluating Elastic Block Store (EBS) and instance store root devices
  • Assigning elastic IP addresses
  • Mapping instance types to computing needs

Implementing Durable and Reliable Storage

Storing data in the cloud

  • Persisting off-instance storage with EBS volumes
  • Creating backups with snapshots
  • Achieving very high durability with Simple Storage Service (S3)
  • Organizing information in Buckets
  • Transmitting large amounts of data in or out of the Amazon cloud

Simplifying the database infrastructure

  • Achieving high-availability of nonrelational data with SimpleDB
  • Effortlessly implement a relational database with Relational Database Service (RDS)

Creating cost-effective distributed solutions

  • Decoupling applications with Simple Queue Service (SQS)
  • Leveraging CloudFront for high performance edge cache content delivery
  • Delivering static and streaming content

Adapting EC2 to Your Business Needs

Customizing virtual machines

  • Modifying existing images
  • Creating new images off of running instances
  • Persisting an AMI to S3
  • Sharing images with other users

Creating an AWS cloud architecture

  • Applying best practices for a cloud solution
  • Selecting a cloud setup for different use case scenarios

Handling Dynamic Resource Requirements

Monitoring from inside or outside of the cloud

  • Visualizing utilization metrics with CloudWatch
  • Setting alarms to send and receive notifications
  • Leveraging traditional monitoring tools

Transparently scaling to meet load variations

  • Distributing incoming traffic with elastic load balancing
  • Dynamically adding and removing instances with Auto Scaling
  • Setting capacity thresholds

Hosting Applications with Elastic Beanstalk

Improving application delivery with Platform as a Service (PaaS)

  • Deploying and managing scalable applications on the AWS cloud
  • Selecting and launching an application environment

Managing application environments

  • Customizing and configuring platform stacks
  • Provisioning application resources with CloudFormation

AWS Security Features

Controlling account security

  • Configuring access credentials
  • Enabling MultiFactor authentication
  • Managing multiple users with Identity Access Management (IAM)

Leveraging the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

  • Provisioning isolated AWS resources
  • Bridging EC2 instances to your internal network with a VPN
  • Avoiding multitenancy
  • Launching EC2 instances on dedicated hardware

Onze voordelen :

  • Type of training: Inter-company, intra-company and individual
  • 100% flexible & personalised training : You choose the place, the dates and the training program
  • Offer request : Response within 24 hours
  • 50% discount for SME’s from Brussels-Capital Region
  • Free parking, lunch & drinks
  • Free use of our Digital Competence Centre: Manuals, courses, exercises, …

PIXYSTREE SCS

Rue Beeckmans, 53
1180 Bruxelles

Tel : +32 2 412 04 10
Fax : +32 2 412 04 19
Gsm : +32 485 212 722
Email : selossej@pixystree.com

http://www.pixystree.com

Training Cloud Computing Overview: Evaluating the Opportunities – 1 day

Class overview :

As cloud computing becomes a viable IT solution, increasing numbers of organizations are evaluating how they can benefit from cloud computing technologies.

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Class goals :

  • Comparing and contrasting the available delivery models of cloud computing
  • Evaluating the benefits of cloud products, including Salesforce.com, Microsoft Azure, Google, and Amazon EC2
  • Deploying Software as a Service (SaaS) to optimize productivity and collaboration
  • Leveraging Platform as a Service (PaaS) to streamline application deployment
  • Examining the cost benefits of deploying Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Integrating multivendor cloud products and services

Content of Cloud Computing Overview: Evaluating the Opportunities

Cloud Computing: Defining a New Strategy for IT Delivery

Exploring the cloud computing landscape

  • Defining cloud computing
  • The benefits of cloud computing
  • Cloud computing components

Cloud computing delivery models

  • Analyzing the types of clouds: public, private, hybrid, community
  • Layering cloud services to create a coherent architecture

Integrating Software as a Service (SaaS) for Maximum Business Impact

Defining SaaS

  • Exploiting access anywhere software
  • Exploring best practices of the SaaS delivery model

Benefitting from SaaS

  • Minimizing administration costs
  • Improving productivity and collaboration
  • Replacing capital investments with pay-per-use

Live, in-class demonstrations

  • Capturing, analyzing and presenting data in real time with SaaS
  • Managing customer relationships with Salesforce.com

Improving Application Delivery with Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Employing PaaS

  • Leveraging off-premise execution platforms
  • Instantaneous provisioning
  • Achieving transparent application scalability
  • Exploiting prepackaged configurations with Windows Azure and the Google App Engine

Live, in-class demonstrations

  • Deploying applications to the Google App Engine for dynamic scalability
  • Hosting ASP.NET data-driven applications in the Windows Azure cloud

Achieving Organizational Agility with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Implementing IaaS

  • Leveraging on-demand servers
  • Eliminating software license costs with preconfigured servers
  • Migrating existing machine images to the cloud
  • Cost-effective, scalable and reliable data storage with Amazon Simple Storage Solution (S3)

Minimizing risk to your organization

  • Immediate response to market demands
  • Elastically scaling infrastructure capacity to meet organizational demands
  • Evaluating operating systems and software with pay-per-use

Live, in-class demonstration

  • Instantaneous server provisioning with Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2)

Examining Potential Barriers to Adopting the Cloud

Highlighting security implications in the cloud

  • Analyzing security concerns
  • Maintaining privacy of proprietary data
  • Achieving acceptable reliability and service-level agreements

Maintaining business continuity

  • Avoiding vendor lock-in
  • Exploiting multiple cloud providers for cross-platform interoperability
  • Evaluating the impact on employee skill requirements

Live, in-class demonstration

  • Integrating the best of cloud vendor offerings into one customized solution

Moving Forward to Cloud Adoption

Taking the next steps to implement cloud computing in your organization

  • Building a business case
  • Selecting a pilot project

Forecasting the cloud

  • Tracking cloud trends and vendor solutions
  • Monitoring emerging standards and regulations

Onze voordelen :

  • Type of training: Inter-company, intra-company and individual
  • 100% flexible & personalised training : You choose the place, the dates and the training program
  • Offer request : Response within 24 hours
  • 50% discount for SME’s from Brussels-Capital Region
  • Free parking, lunch & drinks
  • Free use of our Digital Competence Centre: Manuals, courses, exercises, …

PIXYSTREE SCS

Rue Beeckmans, 53
1180 Bruxelles

Tel : +32 2 412 04 10
Fax : +32 2 412 04 19
Gsm : +32 485 212 722
Email : selossej@pixystree.com

http://www.pixystree.com

Training Cloud First: Overview, Strategies and Options for Government IT Managers – 1 day

Class overview :

As the world’s largest consumer of information technology, the United States government encounters barriers to achieving optimum productivity and efficiency. Cloud computing has the potential to play a major part in addressing these inefficiencies and improving government service delivery.

Class goals :

  • Evaluating cloud computing technologies to improve government service delivery
  • Applying light technology and shared solutions for improved operational efficiency
  • Selecting the best cloud deployment model to meet requirements
  • Aligning cloud solutions with project requirements to identify first movers
  • Examining potential barriers and pitfalls to government cloud adoption
  • Analyzing government-wide initiatives to illustrate successful cloud implementations

Content of Cloud First: Overview, Strategies and Options for Government IT Managers

Cloud Computing Initiative: Defining a New Strategy for Government IT

Exploring the cloud computing landscape

  • Business case for the Cloud-first policy
  • Mapping agency priorities to cloud attributes

Analyzing cloud computing delivery models

  • Public
  • Private
  • Hybrid
  • Community
  • Layering cloud services to create a coherent architecture

Achieving System Agility with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Implementing IaaS for operational efficiency

  • Improving infrastructure procurement lead time
  • Cost-effective, scalable and reliable data storage with Amazon Simple Storage Solution (S3)
  • Immediate response to dynamic system requirements
  • Auto-scaling infrastructure capacity to handle unpredictable demands

Federal, state and local agency case studies

  • Computing intensive tasks with hundreds of servers at minimal cost
  • Hosting a scalable Web application with Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2)

Integrating Software as a Service (SaaS) to Lower the Cost of Government Operations

Benefiting from SaaS

  • Exploring best practices of the SaaS delivery model
  • Minimizing administration costs
  • Improving productivity and collaboration
  • Replacing capital investments with pay-per-use

Federal, state and local agency case studies

  • Implementing a SaaS vulnerability assessment system to reduce costs and increase security
  • Managing and maintaining customer relationships with Salesforce.com

Selecting the Right Cloud Deployment Model

Leveraging public clouds

  • Enabling shared solutions for reduced cost and increased efficiency
  • Choosing a public cloud vendor
  • Identifying the right services to move to the cloud

Implementing private clouds

  • Determining when a private cloud is required
  • Deciding on a private cloud architecture

Federal, state and local agency case studies

  • Improving resource utilization with private clouds
  • Leveraging public clouds for Federal systems

Improving Application Delivery with Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Leveraging PaaS to simplify deployment

  • Employing off-premise execution platforms
  • Instantaneous provisioning
  • Achieving transparent application scalability
  • Exploiting prepackaged configurations with Windows Azure and the Google App Engine

Live, in-class demonstrations

  • Deploying applications to the Google App Engine for dynamic scalability
  • Hosting ASP.NET data-driven applications in the Windows Azure cloud

Evaluating Potential Barriers to Adopting the Cloud

Security implications in the cloud

  • Complying with FISMA requirements
  • Achieving acceptable reliability and service-level agreements
  • Aligning security requirements with cloud solutions
  • Assessing cloud vendors authorized by FedRAMP

Building a strong governance foundation

  • Establishing cloud computing standards
  • Changing to a pay-per-use procurement model
  • Evaluating the impact on employee skill requirements
  • Best practices for government cloud services procurement

Live, in-class demonstration

  • Investigating FISMA certified vendors

Moving Forward to Cloud Adoption

  • Conducting a cloud-based alternatives analysis
  • Selecting services for cloud migration
  • Determining first movers
  • Identifying a pilot project
  • Creating a decision framework for your agency
  • Streamlining RFP processes to relevant cloud services

Onze voordelen :

  • Type of training: Inter-company, intra-company and individual
  • 100% flexible & personalised training : You choose the place, the dates and the training program
  • Offer request : Response within 24 hours
  • 50% discount for SME’s from Brussels-Capital Region
  • Free parking, lunch & drinks
  • Free use of our Digital Competence Centre: Manuals, courses, exercises, …

PIXYSTREE SCS

Rue Beeckmans, 53
1180 Bruxelles

Tel : +32 2 412 04 10
Fax : +32 2 412 04 19
Gsm : +32 485 212 722
Email : selossej@pixystree.com

http://www.pixystree.com

Salesforce’s Answer To Facebook? Communities: A Private Social Network For You And Your Customers

 

Salesforce has officially closed its acquisition of Buddy Media, but it looks like it is far from closing the door on what it intends to do in the space of enterprise and social communication. Today the company announced Social Communities, a private social networking service where users can engage with customers and partners using some of the features that have largely become commonplace in this era of social media. These include user profiles, real-time feeds, trending topics, recommendations and influence measurement. The platform also incorporates the cloud-based business processes and database services that form the core of Salesforce’s business today. Set for a limited pilot in the autumn 2012, the service will be available generally in the second half of 2013.

The move looks like a clear salvo from Salesforce to competitors that are also converging on the nexus of social tools and enterprise services. They include Microsoft — which already has Sharepoint and is upping the ante now with Yammer; as well as smaller companies like Huddle and Hootsuite, which respectively offer cloud-based collaboration platforms and social media dashboards to serve the two sides of enterprises’ social media needs.

It is also another step in the increasing consumerization of enterprise services. Salesforce notes that nearly a quarter of all time spent online is spent on social networks like Facebook and that people access the Internet more from mobile devices than from desktops.

And what it also does is potentially extend out the kinds of customers that Salesforce can target with its services: if the comany’s ethos started as a cloud-based database for people to track and reach out to sales leads, this product shows how Saleforce could potentially use its platform for significantly more.

“Today, more than ever, companies need to put customers at the heart of their business,” said Doug Bewsher, senior vice president, Salesforce Chatter, in a statement. “With Salesforce Communities, enterprises will be able to break the boundaries of their companies, connecting them much closer to their customers and partners.”

The move is part of Salesforce’s push to capitalize on that surge in interest in social media services, both as a way for people to collaborate with each other, but in the sales and marketing world, as a way of monitoring how well a campaign or brand is resonating with consumers. In that sense, Salesforce Communities looks like an all-things-to-all-people product: not only is it a social network for users to interact with each other, but it can be used as a place for people to research and mine social information that is relevant to their sales and marketing goals. Buddy Media and Saleforce’s other holdings are not mentioned in the release, but this IP will presumably also be included in the mix. Among the features:

– the ability to create “customer service communities” as well as ad-hoc marketing communities for particular campaigns

– networks for companies to serve their partners, suppliers and distributors, “to drive more sales through seamless deal registration, access to proven sales tools and collaboration with the right experts.”

– creating social networks for specific functions, such as retailers ”delivering custom shopping experiences” and universities creating alumni networks.

There is even an element of Facebook Groups to Communities: One customer that is using it, GE Capital, noted that it had used the platform to deploy “more than 50 custom communities,” between the firm and its partner companies. ”Our goal was to build deeper relationships with our mid-size business partners across the world, and be seen as builders, not just bankers,” said Ian Forrest, vice president, Global Marketing, GE Capital, in a statement.

 

Company:Salesforce
Launch Date:1999
IPO:February 7, 2004, NYSE:CRM

Salesforce is an enterprise cloud computing company that provides business software on a subscription basis. The company is best known for its on-demand Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions. Salesforce was founded in 1999 by former Oracle executive Marc Benioff, and went public in June 2004. Salesforce has been a pioneer in developing enterprise platforms through its innovative AppExchange directory of on-demand applications, and its Force.com “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) API for extending Salesforce.

Training Cloud Computing Technologies: A Comprehensive Hands-On Introduction – 3 days

Class overview :

Cloud computing is revolutionizing all aspects of IT, including hardware, operating systems and applications. Faced with a rapidly changing business environment, organizations are under pressure to respond with a flexible IT infrastructure and applications.

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Class goals :

  • Thoroughly assess the architectures, components, operation and tools of cloud computing
  • Leverage cloud vendors, including Force.com, Microsoft Azure, Google and Amazon, for business advantage
  • Exploit Software as a Service (SaaS) to optimize cost and resources
  • Create, deploy and secure applications and services with Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Commission a computing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with Amazon EC2 and Eucalyptus
  • Design a cloud implementation strategy that minimizes the risk for your organization

Content of Cloud Computing Technologies: A Comprehensive Hands-On Introduction

Introduction to Cloud Computing

Defining cloud computing

  • Components of a computing cloud
  • Differentiating types of clouds: public, private, hybrid

Delivering services from the cloud

  • Categorizing service types
  • Comparing vendor cloud products: Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others

Adopting the Cloud

Key drivers of cloud computing solutions

  • Instantaneous provisioning of computing resources
  • Handling varied loads with elasticity and seamless scalability
  • Tapping into an infinite storage capacity
  • Cost-effective pay-as-you-use billing models

Evaluating barriers to cloud computing

  • Handling sensitive data
  • Aspects of cloud security
  • Assessing governance solutions

Exploiting Software as a Service (SaaS)

Characterizing SaaS

  • Minimizing the need for local hardware and software
  • Streamlining administration with centralized installation and updates
  • Optimizing cost and performance with the ability to scale on demand

Comparing service scenarios

  • Improving collaboration with business productivity tools
  • Simplifying business process creation by integrating existing components

Inspecting SaaS technologies

  • Deploying Web applications
  • Implementing Web services: SOAP, REST
  • Choosing a development platform

Delivering Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Exploring the technical foundation for PaaS

  • Specifying the components of PaaS
  • Analyzing vendor PaaS provisions
  • Selecting an appropriate implementation

Building services with solution stacks

  • Evaluating the architecture of vendor specific platforms
  • Becoming familiar with service platform tools
  • Leveraging the power of scalable middleware

Managing cloud storage

  • Controlling unstructured data in the cloud
  • Deploying relational databases in the cloud
  • Improving data availability

Employing support services

  • Testing in the cloud
  • Monitoring cloud-based services
  • Analyzing portability across platforms

Deploying Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Enabling technologies

  • Scalable server clusters
  • Achieving transparency with platform virtualization
  • Elastic storage devices

Accessing IaaS

  • Provisioning servers on demand
  • Handling dynamic and static IP addresses
  • Tools and support for management and monitoring

Building a Business Case

Calculating the financial implications

  • Analyzing current and future computing requirements
  • Comparing in-house facilities to the cloud
  • Estimating economic factors downstream

Preserving business continuity

  • Selecting appropriate service-level agreements
  • Safeguarding access to assets in the cloud
  • Security, availability and disaster recovery strategies

Migrating to the Cloud

Technical considerations

  • Rearchitecting applications for the cloud
  • Integrating the cloud with existing applications
  • Avoiding vendor lock-in

Planning the migration

  • Incremental vs. one-step solution
  • Selecting a vendor
  • Establishing staff skill requirements

Onze voordelen :

  • Type of training: Inter-company, intra-company and individual
  • 100% flexible & personalised training : You choose the place, the dates and the training program
  • Offer request : Response within 24 hours
  • 50% discount for SME’s from Brussels-Capital Region
  • Free parking, lunch & drinks
  • Free use of our Digital Competence Centre: Manuals, courses, exercises, …

PIXYSTREE SCS

Rue Beeckmans, 53
1180 Bruxelles

Tel : +32 2 412 04 10
Fax : +32 2 412 04 19
Gsm : +32 485 212 722
Email : selossej@pixystree.com

http://www.pixystree.com