This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to configure core cloud services including compute, storage, databases and autoscaling according to business needs and workload.

The unit applies to cloud computing architects, developers and cloud engineers utilising cloud services and those engaged in deploying cloud computing solutions for a business.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: *build at least one simple virtual network capable of supporting a workload using cloud services *configure compute, storage, database and autoscaling resources within virtual network *conduct simple tests to confirm access to resources. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: *industry technology standards used in cloud computing solutions and services *industry standard hardware and software products, their general features, capabilities and application, including storage technology *principles and functions of cloud computing solutions and technologies, including: - Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Platforms as a Service (PaaS) - Software as a Service (SaaS) *different cost models and cloud economic theories as they apply to different cloud services and non-cloud services, and benefits to each *functions, features and uses of different virtual machine, networking and scaling options, including: - virtual machine sizing including CPU, memory, storage and network bandwidth - load balancing and autoscaling - performance monitoring and alarms - storage backups and lifecycle - virtual networks and traffic routing *functions, benefits and differences of: - vertical and horizontal scaling - virtual and physical machines - relational, data warehouse and no SQL databases - self-hosted, managed and cloud-native database solutions *storage options including: - block storage - object storage - archive storage - network filesystems *user, business and vendor responsibilities according to shared security responsibility models *user access protocols and policies according to organisation hierarchy and job function *security policies, protocols and mechanisms as they relate to cloud technologies and methodologies including: - securities as it applies to limiting network traffic within virtual networks - security responsibilities as it applies to different work functions and user access *purpose of domain name system (DNS) required to connect remote servers when web browsing *functions, uses and differences of cloud models, including: - on-premise and private cloud - hybrid cloud - public cloud.

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