Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CloudMASTER® Pays Well In The US Great Northwest




The City of Beaverton is located seven miles west of Portland, Oregon, in the Tualatin River Valley, It encompasses 19.6 square miles, and is home to more than 95,000 residents. The city is Oregon’s sixth largest and the second-largest incorporated city in Washington County. Located in the heart of Oregon’s “Silicon Forest”, it is also home to many of the world’s top companies such as Nike, IBM and Tektronix, and Micro Power Electronics. Beaverton is also where Carver Technology Consulting LLC (Carver TC) is making a name for itself in cloud computing.

Over the past few years, CarverTC staff have increased their knowledge and experience with cloud services as more and more development projects involved cloud development, deployment, and integration. Simultaneously, they began providing support to its clients on planning and implementation of cloud software. In 2016 this was formalized when Logical Operations approached them with an opportunity to prepare students for the NCTA CloudMASTER® certification.

From their point of view, CloudMASTER® delivered in three critical industry areas:

  • The curriculum covers all of the critical security skills need to design and build secure cloud computing infrastructures;
  • Graduates are well educated about the variety of compliance issues surrounding moving data to the cloud; and
  • There is strong evidence to support an expectation that holding a CloudMASTER® certification can lead to a fairly large salary!
Their research shows that:

  • Cloud technologist that understand how to evaluate, select and implement cloud services, including Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions, and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions can earn from $57,000-$119,000;



  •  Cloud operations specialists that understand how to evaluate, deploy, administer and optimize Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions for the best Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Return on Investment (ROI) can earn from $60,000-$133,000; and


  • Cloud computing architects that understand cloud solution features, capabilities, and components offered by cloud provides at a deep level so as to design cloud and hybrid solutions for application deployment and infrastructure scenarios can earn from $72,000-$151,000.



If this opportunity is right for you, check out the CarverTC training schedule and sign-up for a certification course. If the Great Northwest close, please visit the NCTA CloudMASTER® registration page and we will help you find a more convenient option.


This content is being syndicated through multiple channels. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of GovCloud Network, GovCloud Network Partners or any other corporation or organization.




Cloud Musings
( Thank you. If you enjoyed this article, get free updates by email or RSS - © Copyright Kevin L. Jackson 2016)



Saturday, January 7, 2017

NATO ACT “Art of the Possible” Interoperability Demonstration



GovCloud Network is proud to have served as the Program Manager for the NATO Allied Command Transformation, "Art of the Possible" Interoperability Demonstration on December 16, 2016. supporting the The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), this effort featured an important demonstration for military, government and business leaders by its member-companies to underscore the benefits of collaborating via an interoperable network environment. The demonstration used a secure, federated-cloud infrastructure to highlight the consortium’s work over the past few years in how to develop a trusted environment, including governance processes and federation management as well as interoperability verification.

This demonstration itself is an outgrowth of  the NCOIC Interoperability Verification (IV) process,NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency). It's intended for use by NATO in the acquisition of technical products and services for Federated Mission Networking (FMN), a concept to support secure collaboration and information exchange in multi-national operations. The IV assessment, based on product testing that takes place as part of the normal quality manufacturing process, looks at how well the technology meets NATO requirements and can be implemented and used by the NATO enterprise, NATO nations and NATO partners. The vision is for NATO and its partners to get enhanced capability for the same cost and for vendors to have access to more markets.
which was developed at the request of the

The NCOIC is an international not-for-profit organization with more than 50 members and advisors in 12 countries who represent businesses, government agencies and organizations that are focused on advancing global, cross-domain interoperability. The consortium has a 11-year history of developing world-class technical resources that promote the use of effective network-centric systems and interoperability in both the public and private sectors

The NCOIC technical team showed the critical prep work -- the implementation process NCOIC has developed for creating an interoperable IT environment that can mean mission success for multi-agency groups or organizations with complex needs. At the conclusion of the demo, senior leaders discussed their thoughts on various interoperability issues.


The project also included a demonstration of  the Burstorm Platform, a computer aided design tool developed specifically for the design of cloud computing solutions. GovCloud Network leverages this capability to:

  • Visually model of compute, storage, network and datacenter infrastructure;
  • Research service provided catalogs that currently contains hundreds of vendors and over 40,000 products;
  • Benchmark cloud computing solutions through the use of accurate price, performance and price-performance data;
  • Summarize the current IT state of clients;
  • Model and design application to build based on location, performance, price and security; and
  • Conduct real-time collaboration with colleagues, customers and IT teams across the globe



The successful demonstration resulted in an ACT request for additional support and a follow-up demonstration tentatively scheduled for March 15, 2017.  GovCloud Network looks forward to supporting that project as well.

This content is being syndicated through multiple channels. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of GovCloud Network, GovCloud Network Partners or any other corporation or organization.




Cloud Musings
( Thank you. If you enjoyed this article, get free updates by email or RSS - © Copyright Kevin L. Jackson 2016)



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Olisipo Can Make You A CloudMASTER®



Olisipo Learning in Portugal has a culture that is based on the constant search for new challenges. Recognized by their clients as the “Best HR Supplier”, they have placed more than 450 specialists into some of the country's most attractive and innovative IT projects. As a leading Portuguese IT sourcing partner, they also take the responsibility of managing and developing consultant skills very seriously. Olisipo's diversified and differentiating training experience accelerates professional success and enhances talent. As the only Portuguese IT company listed as a Top 500 Growth Company in Europe, they also contribute directly to the creation of jobs in the European Union. These are just a few of the reason why Olisipo has prioritize NCTA CloudMASTER® Certification in 2017 for their candidates, consultants and clients.



The current European Cloud Computing Policy is set towards building a Digital Single Market Strategy through the European Cloud Initiative, the European Free Flow of Data Initiative and the emerging issues related to ownership, access, portability of data and switching of cloud service providers. This is why Olisipo sees themselves as more than just a company, They see themselves as a "Sea of Opportunity" for those seeking to participate in the growth of cloud computing in Europe.



In order to deliver on their promise of opportunity, 2017 CloudMASTER® Certification training is being delivered at their Lisbon office on the following dates:
  • January 23-27, 2017 - Cloud Technologies: Managing the core set of cloud technologies.
    • This course is designed for system administrators or prospective system administrators who have one year of experience working with Windows Server or other server platforms and who want to develop their evaluation, selection, and implementation skills for cloud services, including Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions, and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions that target businesses of all sizes.
  • February 20-24, 2017 - Cloud Operations: Deploying, configuring, and administering Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions.
    • This course is designed for system administrators or cloud technologists who wish to further develop their skills for evaluating, deploying, and administering cloud services. This includes evaluating and selecting Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions and deploying applications to the cloud, as well as maintaining, securing, and optimizing cloud solutions to achieve the best Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Return on Investment (ROI).
  • TBD 2017 - Cloud Architecture: Manage the design and plan the implementation of cloud architectures.
    • This course is designed for system administrators who wish to plan, design, and implement cloud services for their organizations. This includes the ability understand cloud solution features, capabilities, and components offered by cloud provides at a deep level so as to design cloud and hybrid solutions for application deployment and infrastructure scenarios. Cloud architects must also evaluate, and plan for the appropriate compute, network, database, and security components to build a solution that meets the needs of their organization. In addition, they must secure, monitor, and optimize those solutions.
These three CloudMASTER courses guide students through a wide expanse of cloud based technologies. Technologies covered include Microsoft Windows and Azure, Amazon Web Services, VMware, Linux, Google Docs, Drupal, WordPress, OpenStack, Rackspace, Digital Ocean, Chef, and Chef Solo. In comparison with other cloud computing certifications, the CloudMASTER® certification demonstrates real-world knowledge through practical activities and lab exercises, allowing students to learn and showcase a complete portfolio of skills on a wide range of common cloud technologies.

If Lisbon, Portugal is not a convient location for you, NCTA CloudMASTER® training is  also available from many other global locations. For more information please visit the NCTA/Logical Ops registration page.

Olisipo from Olisipo on Vimeo.


  Olisipo from Olisipo on Vimeo.

This content is being syndicated through multiple channels. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of GovCloud Network, GovCloud Network Partners or any other corporation or organization.




Cloud Musings
( Thank you. If you enjoyed this article, get free updates by email or RSS - © Copyright Kevin L. Jackson 2016)