What You’ll Learn
Cloud terminology
Architectural concepts in regards to SoftLayer
Compare the SoftLayer storage options
Security and compliance, including data privacy
Evaluate the multiple network options and the performance implications
SoftLayer differentiators
Model a typical environment using relevant SoftLayer component options
Who Needs to Attend
For individuals who want to evaluate the SoftLayer’s IaaS capabilities in more detail
Individuals responsible for evaluating the technical benefits of using third party cloud hosting services such as SoftLayer for IaaS
IT solution and software architects who want to assess the fit of SoftLayer’s IaaS technologies and how they align with their business requirements
Application developers who want to understand the SoftLayer’s IaaS capabilities and how to leverage them into their applications
Network managers who want to understand IaaS connectivity and performance considerations to manage the computer networks across their business
Security managers who want to learn how to design IaaS solutions that protect underlying information using cloud services
Storage managers who need to assess IaaS options to manage the storage architecture strategy
Before taking this course, you should have a familiarity with:

Hardware used with cloud computing
Load balancing
Internet and web-hosting fundamentals
Cloud computing
SoftLayer overview

Course Outline
1. Changing the Landscape Without Changing the Definition
2. Defining SoftLayer Cloud Architecture
3. Connecting to the Cloud – SoftLayer network options
4. Storing Your Data
5. Keep Safe – Security, Compliance, and Data Management
6. Monitoring and Management to meet Service Level Agreements
7. Leveraging the SoftLayer Differentiators
Hands-on labs will be done throughout the class to learn how to:

Navigate the SoftLayer portal
Deploy a virtual machine
Create templates to deploy images faster
Upgrade the environment to meet new requirements
Explore the SoftLayer network backbone to understand latencies and determine which data center meets the service level agreement
Manage your virtual machine through a VPN
Distribute workload across servers and create additional servers as demand dictates using load balancers and auto scaling
Protect the web servers because which are exposed to the Internet using the FortiGate Hardware Firewall (as a service)
Allocate space to database server and confirm steady storage performance
Connect to a NAS volume and measure performance
Configure monitoring for a database server
Instructor-led demonstrations will provide insight into how to:

Understand the SoftLayer portal user interface
Use the bare metal server management
Leverage eVault backup capabilities
Establish user security
Monitor system performance.

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