CompTIA Cloud Essentials Certification



The CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam covers:

  • Characteristics of cloud services from a business perspective
  • Business value of cloud computing
  • Technical perspective/cloud types
  • Steps to successful adoption
  • Impact and changes on IT service management
  • Risks and consequences

The Cloud Essentials exam objectives were originally developed by ITpreneurs in cooperation with the Cloud Credential Council, a membership body dedicated to vendor-neutral training in cloud computing and comprised of companies including IBM, Cisco, EMC, HP and ING.

While it is not required, CompTIA recommends that a candidate have at least six months working in an environment that markets or relies on IT-related services.

Audience Profile

The CompTIA Cloud Essential Specialty certification is relevant to IT specialists, IT technical services specialists, IT relationship managers, IT architects, consultants, business and IT management, business process owners, and analysts.

Course Outline

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to Cloud Computing

Overview of Cloud Computing

Evolution of the Cloud

Specialized Cloud Services

Lesson 2: Business Value of Cloud Computing

Business Need for Cloud Computing

Cloud Scalability

Cloud Security

Impact of Cloud Computing on Business

Lesson 3: Technical Perspectives of Cloud Computing

The Cloud Deployment Models

Network Requirements for Cloud Deployment

Automation and Self-Service in Cloud Computing

Federated Cloud Services


Lesson 4: Technical Challenges of Cloud Computing

Cloud Storage

Application Performance

Data Integration

Security Risks and Mitigation

Application Architecture and the Development Process

Lesson 5: Steps to Successful Adoption of Cloud Services

Steps to Adopting Cloud Services

Organizational Capability to Adopt Cloud Services

Cloud Vendor Roles and Capabilities



to the Cloud

Lesson 6: ITIL and Cloud Computing

Overview of ITIL

Planning Service Strategy

Designing Cloud Service

Transitioning to Live Environment

Running a Cloud Service Operation

Continual Service Improvement with Cloud

Lesson 7: Identifying Risks and Consequences

Organizational Risks

Technical Risks

Legal Risks

Cost Evaluation for Cloud Computing

Identify Maintenance Aspects of Strategic Flexibility


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