Diploma in Fundamentals of Cloud Computing

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps


 Cloud Computing

This cloud computing course was developed to meet the growing demand from I.T. professionals and business people alike who wish to gain a deeper understanding of concept and application of Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing has the potential to increase most organisations agility and dramatically lower costs and thus understanding how the Cloud works is essential for business of all sizes and in all sectors.    

Programme Aims & Objectives

This course on cloud computing fundamentals will teach participants the potential strategic benefits of migrating your IT services to the Cloud. Students will learn about the evolution of the cloud and its ability to increase processing capacity in an elastic manner. Students will learn about the key Cloud stakeholders, technologies, products and services on offer in addition to the platforms and relevant applications that enable Cloud Computing. An evaluation of the benefits, challenges and risks of implementing a Cloud Computing platform, including standards and best practices will form a crucial component of this programme.

On successful completion of this programme students will be able to:

  • Describe the differing Cloud technologies, platforms and services used by organisations and their applications to business operations, processes and activities.

  • Demonstrate best practise in the use of Cloud Computing in the modern business environment.

  • Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of Cloud Computing in a variety of business contexts.

  • Apply a variety of approaches to implement and deploy Cloud Computing to a selection of business cases.


To be awarded the Diploma in the Fundamentals on Cloud Computing, a student will be required to complete a written course assessment (100%). 

Course Content

  • An overview of the business and technology drivers that are currently driving the growth of the Cloud 

  • Fundamental Cloud Computing concepts & terminology 

  • Characteristics of the Cloud and Virtualisation 

  • Introduction to the Cloud models of Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) 

  • Types of Cloud available to an organisation: Public / Private / Hybrid  

  • Understanding the elasticity, resiliency, on-demand and measured usage that Cloud Computing can provide to the business Introduction to Cloud providers and their tools and applications, for example, Amazon Web Services, Google Apps, Microsoft Azure, etc. 

  • Measuring the business value and ROI of Cloud Computing 

  • Calculating and rating the Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with your Cloud provider 

  • Overall benefits, challenges and risks of transitioning to the Cloud, for example, ownership, security, data protection, etc.


Students undertaking this 10 week cloud computing course will learn to differentiate between the differing type of Clouds, the benefits and potential pitfalls of the Cloud and the fundamental economics of the Cloud. Students are expected to have a familiarity of the Internet and its workings, some general business/ e-business models and a familiarity of Office applications.

Students will attend class one evening per week, and classes are conducted in both lecture format and within technical computer labs  where practical exercises will be carried out under the supervision of the lecturer. 

Career Opportunities

This programme provides students with the knowledge needed to adapt to the cloud environment. By successfully completing this programme, participants are showing employers a commitment to advancing their skills and taking on greater challenges in a technology driven business environment. This course will contribute greatly to those working in both the business and IT sector, as it covers both the business case for operating business in the cloud in addition to the technical aspects of examining the variances between cloud providers and the implementation of cloud computing platforms.  This course may also benefit those in the sales and marketing sector who are considering moving to work within the IT services industry.

Student Profile

Typically, students participating on this programme come from a variety of backgrounds ranging from those with existing IT knowledge to those with a business background, both with the common aim of trying to gain a better understanding of this rapidly growing area of Cloud Computing and how it can be applied to their organisation.


The fee for this Diploma is €1,325 this is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins.  View all DBS Evening Diploma Fees here.

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

DBS Student Facilities

Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS.
DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies. 
DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills.
Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre. 
Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

Next Steps

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  • Information Technology
  • Business & Management
  • Professional Evening Diplomas
  • Part-Time

Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Dublin Business School
Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Intake: October & February
Duration: 10 weeks Part-time

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2019. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
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Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm