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On this accelerated 9 day NCTA CloudMASTER course, you’ll learn practical skills to manage cloud technologies from a wide range of leading providers, 40% faster than traditional training. The course covers cloud technologies from Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Drupal, VMWare, WordPress, Google Docs and Digital Ocean.

You’ll learn how the technologies work in each cloud system, from multiple perspectives. You’ll then move on to learning the specifics of how the cloud systems operate in your business. This will help you deploy complex applications across multiple cloud technologies. You’ll also learn practical cloud architecture skills, helping you plan and implement cloud architecture to complete your specific business goals.

Through Firebrand’s unique Lecture | Lab | Review technique, official NCTA instructors and course materials, you’ll be prepared for all three CloudMASTER exams. You’ll cover topics like:

  • Identifying business benefits of cloud computing
  • Implementing Azure cloud services and virtual machines
  • Implementing Rackspace cloud servers
  • Protecting business continuity

This course is best suited to System Administrators looking to improve all areas of their cloud implementation knowledge. Learning practical skills will help Administrators conduct smoother implementation of cloud technologies, throughout the entire process.


Other accelerated training providers rely heavily on lecture and independent self-testing and study.

Effective technical instruction must be highly varied and interactive to keep attention levels high, promote camaraderie and teamwork between the students and instructor, and solidify knowledge through hands-on learning.

Firebrand Training provides instruction to meet every learning need:

  • Intensive group instruction
  • One-on-one instruction attention
  • Hands-on labs
  • Lab partner and group exercises
  • Question and answer drills
  • Independent study


Cloud Technologies

In this course, you will manage the core set of cloud technologies needed to function as a Certified Cloud Master:

  • Lesson 1: Identifying Business Benefits of Cloud Computing
  • Lesson 2: Selecting End-User Cloud Technologies
  • Lesson 3: Supporting the Business Case for Cloud Computing
  • Lesson 4: Applying Cloud Computing Models
  • Lesson 5: Integrating Cloud Services
  • Lesson 6: Selecting and Implementing Free Software as a Service (SaaS) Solutions
  • Lesson 7: Selecting and Implementing a Paid SaaS Solution
  • Lesson 8: Selecting SaaS Solutions for Small Businesses
  • Lesson 9: Selecting SaaS Solutions for Medium-sized to Enterprise Businesses
  • Lesson 10: Integrating SaaS Solutions
  • Lesson 11: Selecting Platform as a Service (PaaS) Solutions
  • Lesson 12: Selecting Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Solutions

Cloud Operations

In this course, you will deploy, configure, and administer Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions as needed to function as a Certified Cloud Master:

  • Lesson 1: Cloud Operations
  • Lesson 2: Planning Cloud Service Implementation
  • Lesson 3: Deploying a Cloud Application with Digital Ocean
  • Lesson 4: Deploying a Cloud Application with Heroku
  • Lesson 5: Deploying Websites with Microsoft Azure
  • Lesson 6: Implementing Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines
  • Lesson 7: Managing Azure Applications with Visual Studio
  • Lesson 8: Deploying Applications to Opscode Chef
  • Lesson 9: Managing Server State with Puppet
  • Lesson 10: Implementing Rackspace Cloud Servers
  • Lesson 11: Importing and Exporting Data from Cloud Services
  • Lesson 12: Managing Security and Compliance in Cloud Solutions
  • Lesson 13: Planning and Executing a Phased Cloud Migration

Cloud Architecture

In this course, you will manage the design and plan the implementation of cloud architectures as needed to function as a Certified Cloud Master:

  • Lesson 1: Planning a Cloud Solution Architecture
  • Lesson 2: Selecting Amazon Web Services Building Blocks
  • Lesson 3: Selecting AWS Infrastructure Components
  • Lesson 4: Selecting Rackspace Cloud Features and Components
  • Lesson 5: Selecting Microsoft Azure Features and Components
  • Lesson 6: Managing Hardware Requirements and Constraints
  • Lesson 7: Selecting Operating Systems for Cloud Solutions
  • Lesson 8: Determining Database Support for Applications
  • Lesson 9: Selecting Middleware to Meet Application Performance Requirements
  • Lesson 9: Selecting Middleware to Meet Application Performance Requirements
  • Lesson 10: Determining Licensing Requirements for Cloud Services
  • Lesson 11: Protecting Business Continuity
  • Lesson 12: Securing Data with Encryption
  • Lesson 13: Securing Access to Cloud Services
  • Lesson 14: Securing Data in Transit and at Rest
  • Lesson 15: Monitoring Security
  • Lesson 16: Managing Volume
  • Lesson 17: Managing the Application Experience
  • Lesson 18: Managing Business Requirements for Cloud Solutions

Exam Track

You'll sit the following exams at the Firebrand Training Centre, covered by your Certification Guarantee:

  • NCTA Cloud Technologies exam
  • NCTA Cloud Operations exam
  • NCTA Cloud Architecture exam

You must pass all three exams to achieve the NCTA CloudMASTER certification.

What's Included


  • Official NCTA course materials
  • Official NCTA exams

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Accommodation is included from the night before the course starts. This doesn't apply for online courses.
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free as many times as it takes, unlimited for 1 year. Just pay for accommodation, exams, and incidental costs.


Before sitting this course you should have experience with basic client and server deployment, configuration, and use. You should also have knowledge of configuring network connectivity, configuring server and client communications, installing Windows or Linux servers, using administrative tools, configuring system properties, and configuring networking settings.

The following courses can help boost your knowledge of administration of specific operating system technologies

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.


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