Private Cloud Course Planning Meeting

Last week we held our planning meeting for our upcoming private cloud course. The main purpose of that meeting was to nail down the content we wish to cover in the four day class. In attendance were the course author, Arnold Villeneuve, the Learning Tree Product Manager and myself as technical editor. We worked long and hard over three days trying to spec out the best course possible. We received quite a bit of feedback via email (and other) that we have attempted to incorporate into the course. Thank you to those who commented.

At the top of the list, predictably, was security. While this private cloud course was not originally intended to be another course on cloud security it is pretty clear that is still very much at the top of people’s minds. This seems to be especially true for people considering a private cloud solution. Therefore we have decided to include an overall emphasis on security in our course treatment of private cloud computing.

We plan to spend a couple of hours on day one discussing the business motivations for private cloud. We expect that there will be attendees who have only partially thought out reasons for wanting to implement a private cloud. You want to build a private cloud and we are here to help you. But, first, let’s talk about why.

Once we have decided that a private cloud is right for us what are the options?

  1. Build your own and host it on-premises
  2. Have a third party host your private cloud

In the course we will consider both of these. We will have hands-on exercises which explore off-premises private cloud solutions that are available from a number of hosters. We will also have the students build their own private clouds using classroom hardware and software.

We now have to make some hard technical decisions. What specific technologies will we cover?

For our on-premises private clouds we plan to feature OpenStack and Microsoft Hyper-V. This decision was made after careful consideration of a number of other options. Our goal was to feature two very different solutions: one open source and one proprietary. We also had some pretty interesting discussions about VMware and virtualization vs. true cloud computing. I can’t wait to hear from the VMware fans! Anyway, in the end, we wanted to stress that this is not a course on any one particular technology but rather it is a course on private cloud computing in general.

The course should be available to the public early next year. Look for it in your brochures and on our website soon!

Kevin Kell

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