Amazon and Microsoft Cloud

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This course will show students the required technology essentials across all domains—including server, storage, networking, applications, and databases—to help develop a strong understanding of virtualization and cloud computing technologies. It will include hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing a virtual infrastructure in both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. This course will introduce faculty on the architectural considerations and decisions necessary when building a highly available solution in the cloud. This course would be the first step in preparing for AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certification and/or Microsoft certification on the Cloud Platform.


  • System administration experience (or understanding) of Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems.
  • Understanding of basic networking.


  • To be able to describe terminology and concepts as they relate to a virtual infrastructure
  • How to navigate the AWS and Azure Management Consoles
  • How to configure and manage a cloud infrastructure utilizing AWS’s and Azure's Management Console


John E. Vail III

John Vail is a Professor in the Department of Network Engineering Technology housed in the Advanced Technology Center at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He is a Subject Matter Expert with the Cyber Security & Information Systems Information Analysis Center, and most recent speaking engagements were the 2012 North American IPv6 Summit in Denver, CO, the 24th and 25th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, E-LEARN 2013 - World Conference on E-Learning, 2014 Winter ICT Educator Conference, and EdMedia 2015 - World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (where he received an Outstanding Paper award). He was the Primary Investigator on iNoVATE - A Network Virtualization Project grant awarded by the National Project grant awarded by the National Science Foundation, and is Co-PI on iNoVATE-X (NSF ATE iNoVATE-Expansion Project that creates courses to align to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification, along with two additional courses: Virtual Internship and Virtual Capstone), and was a Cyber team member on the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Department of Labor grant. Additional research interests include big data analytics, cloud/virtualization, eLearning, and student engagement. John graduated from East Carolina University with a M.S. in Technology Systems with dual concentrations in Information Security and Computer Networking Management and recently completed over 30 hours of PhD level coursework in eLearning. His master's thesis is titled: "Small Business Information Security". John also has over 20 years of experience as a project and operations manager.


Monday -
  • Introduction
    • Course object
    • References and resources
  • Overview of AWS and Azure
  • Compute Services and Networking
Tuesday -
  • Storage and Content Delivery
  • Cloud Security Best Practices
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
Wednesday -
  • Designing the Cloud Infrastructure
  • Software Defined Networks (SDN) as configured in AWS & Azure
Thursday -
  • Managed Services and Databases
Friday -
  • Deployment and Management


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Certification Info

Attendees of this class will be one step closer in preparation for the following exams: CompTIA Cloud+; AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate; MTA: Microsoft Technology Associate – IT Infrastructure; MCSA: Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate – Cloud Platform

Track Evaluation

Link to survey after track has ended