Diploma in Cloud Computing Technical Practitioner Essentials

Capitalise on your IT skills

11 Weeks, One evening per week, 6.30pm-9.30pm
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Why Cloud Computing Technical Practitioner Essentials?

The accepted definition of cloud computing is “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” Since its introduction in the mid-2000s, cloud computing has been a game-changer in how IT supports business functions.  It is becoming the default options for many business applications. 

Gartner predicts that half of global enterprises using the cloud now will have gone all-in on it by 2021 (Gartner.com  https://www.gartner.com/smarterwithgartner/cloud-computing-enters-its-second-decade/). 

  • Industry analysts even expect a 40% annual growth in cloud computing in Ireland over the next few years.
  • Figures from IDC show that by 2020, the Irish cloud market will be worth €468m – up from €172m in 2015.
  • As of 2018, the rise in cloud adoption comes at a time when Irish businesses are seeing their data volume explode. In the next three years, Irish businesses anticipate that their data volumes will surge by 72%. 
  • Cloud is listed among the main job titles that are difficult to fill in 2019 according to Recruitment Agency survey & Solas.
  • According to IDC, there is only one qualified candidate for 100 job postings in cloud computing across the globe.

It is important that any business person using technology in their workplace understands cloud computing. It is particularly important that business managers involved in any aspect of its deployment have a thorough understanding of cloud computing. 

This course is designed for

Those working or intending to work in the following areas will find this course useful:

  • Individuals responsible for articulating the technical benefits of cloud computing services
  • Individuals interested in learning how to get started with AWS 
  • SysOps administrators
  • Solutions architects
  • Developers
The IT industry has an acute shortage of more than 1.7 million cloud jobs worldwide due to the shortage of talent, according to Great Learning.

Course Overview

In this programme, you will learn the technical essentials of cloud computing through learning about Amazon Web Services (AWS) products, services and solutions.  The course offers a basic but comprehensive coverage of the AWS technologies and concepts so that IT decision-makers can make informed decisions about IT solutions for their business requirements.

You will learn how to navigate the AWS management console and acquire a technical appreciation of what AWS has to offer.

This AWS Technical Essentials course is designed to train participants on various AWS products, services, and solutions. This course, prepared in line with the latest AWS syllabus will help you become proficient in identifying and efficiently using AWS services.

What is a Professional Diploma?

An IBAT Professional Diploma is a focused, short duration practical course that consolidates, upskills and/or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications  that do not lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).


Course Content

1: Introduction to Cloud Computing
• What cloud computing is and how it works
• The cloud service stack
• Deployment options

2: Introduction to AWS
• Setting up your AWS account
• Getting to know the AWS Management Console
• Identifying AWS Regions and Availability Zones
• Understanding AWS global infrastructure

3: Cloud Storage
• Understanding how cloud storage works
• Describing the AWS storage offerings (object, file and block storage)
• S3 (Simple Storage Service) – what S3 can store, what you can do with an S3 bucket, creating, managing, and deleting an S3 Bucket
• EBS (Elastic Block Storage) – what EBS lends to, relational and NoSQL databases and data warehousing
• EFS (Elastic File System) – what EFS lends to, suitability for Linux workloads
• Amazon Glacier – the value and need for long term archival storage, how glacier works
• Identifying Data transfer –
• Cloud Data Migration Services – getting data in and out of the cloud
• Amazon Storage Gateway – usability for managing hybrid cloud workloads
• Kinesis Firehose – capturing and loading near-real-time streaming data
• AWS Import/Export Snowball – bulk movement of large-scale data
• AWS Direct Connect – connecting from on-premise to cloud
• VPN Connection – encrypted data transfer

4: Compute Services & NetworkingFor SHee
• Business and cloud requirements for computing and networking services
• AWS compute services
• Amazon EC2 – understanding server instances, distinguish between on-demand, reserved and spot instances, create an Amazon EC2 Instance, EC2 auto-scaling
• Other AWS Compute services (e.g. Elastic Beanstalk)
• AWS networking services
• Cloudfront – using content delivery networking
• VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) – isolating resources with virtual private networks
• Elastic Load Balancing – distributing traffic across instances
• Route 53 – exploring cloud Domain Name System (DNS) web service.

5: AWS Managed Services & Databases
• Amazon DynamoDB - creating a table, adding items, querying items
• Relational databases –
• Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service) – executing an RDS-driven application, MySQL, SQL Server, Redshift

6: Cloud Deployment & Management
• AWS CloudFormation – resource provisioning, creating a stack and roll-back changes
• CloudWatch (the importance of monitoring)
• Metrics – obtaining and visualising the statistics and the logs
• Alarms – defining and setting Alarms
• AWS IAM (Identity & Access Management) – access and permissions, creating IAM user, setting roles and permissions, multi-factor authentication, managing federated users

7: Cloud Security
• Cloud security threats
• Security products and tools provided by AWS, compliance certifications, data residency requirements, DDOS mitigation, data encryption, AWS Trusted Advisor
• Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery


The programme is assessed through a combination of coursework (50%) and end-of-term exam (50%). You can also continue to AWs Cloud Practitioner Certification.


Why IBAT College?

Career Potential
Maximise your career potential as you remain working while obtaining a professionally relevant, career enhancing, qualification at the same time.

Excellent Lecturing Staff
Learn from friendly and highly qualified academic staff, with industry experience, in small class-sizes, and guest lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Student Experience
Being part of a culturally diverse student nationality mix at IBAT College Dublin, with learners from over 30 different countries, gives you the opportunity to learn culturally different working methods first-hand, and the fundamentals to succeed in a globally connected network once you graduate.

City Centre Location
With our campus located in Dublin city centre, in Temple Bar, you are close to all major transport hubs making it easy to attend classes in between work and home.

Programme Material
Printed course notes are supplied for the first lecture. All subsequent notes are then available to download/view/print through the student virtual learning (Moodle) platform.

Career Opportunities

Those who successfully complete the programme should consider the taking the AWS Certified Exam (Cloud Practitioner). See https://aws.amazon.com/certification/certification-prep/

Entry Requirements

Learners should have a strong interest in IT and its deployment in business. An existing knowledge of cloud computing is helpful but not absolutely essential. 

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