This course is aimed at the entry level Cloud architect who is either responsible for the design and build of a Hybrid cloud, or where an existing private Cloud or on-prem cloud appliance led drive to Hybrid is enforcing change.

The course explores where Hybrid Cloud has evolved from, the common mistakes made by organisations and architects building out early evolutions of cloud enabled connectivity to on-prem enterprise platforms.

Where organisations have already developed private cloud resources using tools such as vScaler, Openstack, Oracle Cloud in a Box or using platforms such as AWS Storage applicances we will explore the dynamic and changes that often challenge conceptions about safe pathways to Hybrid Cloud

Understanding our responsibilities as businesses around the protection of data, our audit and reporting responsibilities in a blended new enterprise Cloud schema. How to work with and satisty auditor expectations and how to enforce culture change in organisations where there are conflicts around data privacy and ownership of risk.

What is the difference between Hybrid Cloud and Multi Cloud ? What are the common misconceptions and what is it that we are trying to architect and do we need to do it all from scratch ?

The course will provide pathways to understand partnership and the value of reuse or replatforming of technologies to aid the adoption onramp to service provision.

We will look at the core disciplines required around storage ownership, virtualised services and the move to microservices architectures, automating our ability to provision with confidence.

Containers and application provisioning and how different providers provide core technologies around the model of infrastructure as code.

We will take a high level look at cloud monitoring and cloud application reporting, using data sensibly to understand our cloud usage as we evolve and allowing organisations to understand why so many Hybrid Cloud designs are as much as 30-40% over budget and how to avoid these mistakes.

How to choose the best provider and exploring whether the incumbent provider you may already be using may not be the best partner to solve all of your catalogue service items approach to Hybrid Cloud.

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  • An understanding of basic enterprise computing schema and concepts
  • An understanding of the market offerings of popular Cloud services
  • An awareness of the advantages compared to on-prem development
  • A working awareness of DevOps practices in your organisation
  • Some hands on awareness of application development procedures or practices
  • Some basic tooling awareness of automation of services
  • Some understanding of risk registers / working with auditors or business risk planning


  • Some knowledge of service level agreements and procurement
  • An appreciation of the risk factors in a post GDPR world
  • Some understanding of machine learning would be useful but not a necessity
  • An understanding or appreciation of basic security requirements in your current platforms
  • To be able to attend the course with a basic outline of the risks and issues in your current planning
  • To be able to articulate within the course the demands of your use cases and the roadblocks that are preventing successful cloud planning.
  • To have knowledge of some basic tenets of planning (storage, architecture, identity access management, application dev/migration).
  • Some knowledge of how you currently work with / alongside existing cloud service providers.
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Day 1:

  • What is Cloud ? Understanding the evolution of cloud services and how the need for hybrid cloud has evolved.
  • Cloud landscapes - misconceptions and failures to launch
  • What is the native role of the architect in planning Hybrid Cloud ?
  • Typical Hybrid Cloud deployment models, considering operating system models
  • What are the business drivers and how do we investigate, log and detail all the applicable elements when deciding what we move or create for our Hybrid Cloud estate ?
  • Hybrid Cloud vs Multi Cloud vs Polycloud

Day 2:

  • A Cloud First approach to design planning
  • Is your incumbent provider the best step moving forward ?
  • Working with Cloud partners as a solution for scalability and delivery at speed.
  • Exploring the Cloud multiverse and the wider market
  • Comparison exercise planning: The Cloud Security Alliance STAR
  • Your role in procurement planning and the business as usual march to Hybrid Cloud
  • Planning your Hybrid Cloud Stack
  • Understanding the 6 R's of Cloud

Day 3:

  • PCI and ISO security standards matter - why ?
  • DevOps enablement and discussions about how we embrace it is essential to change cultures.
  • Infrastructure as code
  • A primer on microservices enablement and planning
  • An intoduction to AWS
  • An introduction to Azure
  • An introduction to GCP

Day 4:

  • Building a cloud out of what we've already got
  • Avoiding costly architecture and platform levels migrating to Hybrid Cloud from private cloud
  • Identity Access Management considerations for Hybrid Cloud
  • Cloud Management across multiple cloud providers and on-prem resources
  • Security and privacy
  • Keeping controls on billing and cost with sensible architecture decisions.
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