Cloud Computing Certificate

The next wave of information technology jobs is in cloud computing, virtualization, data storage and storage area networks, and Microsoft and Cisco networks.

Cloud computing (CC) is a convenient, on-demand network with access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that releases data with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. “Moving to the cloud” also refers to an organization moving away from a traditional CAPEX model (i.e., buy the dedicated hardware and depreciate it over a period of time) to the OPEX model (i.e., use a shared cloud infrastructure and pay as you use it). End users access cloud-based applications through multiple platforms, including web browsers, mobile apps, personal computers and other smart devices, while data is stored on servers at a remote location. 

Key enabling technologies include: 

  • Fast wide-area networks;
  • Powerful, inexpensive server computers
  • High-performance virtualization for commodity hardware.

Available Fall 2015

    Career Pathway

    Program Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

    • design and configure local and wide area networks.
    • explain the concepts, components and deployment of cloud computing and provisioning.
    • explain concepts and components of Data Storage and storage design.
    • configure and deploy Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems.
    • configure and deploy virtualization technologies.
    • develop a plan with strategies to pass the certifying exams.


    First Semester

    CIS 155 PC Applications on Networks 3
    CIS 170 Introduction to Networks 3
    CIS 166 Introduction to Cloud Computing 3
    CIS 167 Introduction to Data Storage and Storage Area Networks 3
    CIS 158
    (15 Credit Hours)
    Windows Server Administration and Support 3

    Second Semester

    CIS 168 Data Centers and Cloud Storage 3
    CIS 171 Routing and Switching Essentials 3
    CIS 258 Advanced Windows Server Administration and Support 3
    CIS 203
    (12 Credit Hours)
    VMware vSphere 3

    Third Semester

    CIS 141 Introduction to Linux 3
    CIS 204 Citrix XEN Desktop and XEN App 3
    CIS 205 Windows Server Hyper-V 3
    CIS 206
    (12 Credit Hours)
    Cloud Services 3


    * The Director of Information Technology Programs can waive CIS 155 if the student has taken CIS 110 or has equivalent knowledge.

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