• Overview
  • Lesson 1: A Brief Summary of Cloud Computing (Video) [2:41]
  • Lesson 2: Assess Your Agency's Needs (Video) [8:22]
  • Lesson 3: Cloud Procurement in the Real World (Video) [4:50]
  • Lesson 4: Best Practices for Cloud Procurement (Video) [5:40]
  • Lesson 5: Matching Agency Needs to Cloud Options (Interactive) [6:00]
  • Post-Course Survey

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Cloud is a common buzzword in the IT world, and in our daily lives we use the cloud to do everything from check email, to access work files, to online shopping. But most people don’t consider the details of what’s happening behind the scenes to give us anytime, anywhere access to data and services. We simply expect it to work.


This course includes five short lessons about various aspects of cloud adoption. We’ll begin with an overview of the main cloud deployment models, as defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST. From there, we will explore how best to assess your agency’s cloud needs, discuss best practices for procuring cloud resources and review case studies of successful cloud deployments in government.

After completing this course, you will better understand which cloud offering is right for your agency, how to procure it, and how to find the support you need to ensure its ongoing effectiveness.

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Thank you to ViON and Hitachi Data Systems Federal for their support of this resource.