Cloud Systems Administration

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Across geographies and industries applications are being migrated to cloud platforms on a massive scale driving demand for IT cloud infrastructure and administration professionals. This bootcamp is designed to help deliver job-ready Cloud Systems Administrators and help them prepare for a future progression into the exciting new area of Cloud DevOps. The bootcamp systematically helps students acquire critical competencies required to take on a role of a Cloud Systems Administrator.

Cloud Powers Digital Transformation @ Scale

Across enterprises and startups applications are being migrated to cloud platforms on a massive scale. Working behind the scenes are the IT infrastructure and operations teams. They are expected to ensure high levels of application availability, stability, and responsiveness to users by using the latest platforms, technologies, tools and techniques in this area.

Disruptive skills in software development methodologies, cloud technologies and IT automation command salary premiums in excess of $100,000 per year. There were an estimated 460,000+ job postings demanding skills in cloud technologies. The number of postings for skills relating to software development methodologies, including DevOps, exceeded 634,001. Cloud administration and DevOps skills are required to be able to perform well in a modern agile applications development environment.

Duration: 6 Months

Course Fee: As low as $8,500 USD

Most learners qualify for discounts or scholarships. Ask about options available to you!

Market Trends

  • Organizations are accelerating their cloud strategies due to the pandemic.
  • DevOps is becoming the most popular and efficient approach to cloud computing as it enables organizations to deliver applications and services at high velocity.
  • The industry demands professionals who are highly proficient in DevOps practices.

Job Demand

27%Year on Year growth for Cloud Engineers.

Source: LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report

34% Year on Year growth for Site Reliability Engineers.

Source: LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report

17%Global Companies believe Cloud Computing is a top priority.

Source: World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs Report 2020



Bootcamp Outline and Highlights

Our bootcamp begins by helping students build a strong networking and OS foundation. It emphasizes design, implementation, and administration of IP networks. Students can become competent at entry level Linux systems administration, and are taught to deploy and manage common applications and services using Linux servers. They are taught many survival skills in programming and relational databases. They are encouraged to develop an automation mindset and build skills to automate routine IT infrastructure deployment, configuration, and monitoring activities. They are also taught infrastructure virtualization across on-premises and cloud-based deployment scenario.


After the foundation phase students dive deeper into three critical competency areas - SysOps administration continuous monitoring and digital infrastructure automation. They are taught skills on cloud architecture, deployment patterns (IaaS, PaaS, FaaS) and provisioning cloud resources. They are taught to monitor the health of IT resources, configuring alerts, optimizing resource utilization and automating the deployment and administration of large fleets of IT resources.

Student Guidelines

  • Students must possess the curiosity and a determination to persist with demanding hands-on exercises and assignments.
  • In addition, students need to fulfill the below requirements:
    • High School Diploma from an accredited institution
    • Spoken and written English skills
    • Appropriately configured PC with webcam and headset
    • Uninterrupted internet connection
    • Uninterrupted time to complete the learning activities on schedule

Delivery Guidelines

  • Sessions will be conducted between 6:00PM – 10:00PM EST ON MONDAYS AND 6:00PM - 8:00PM EST ON THURSDAYS.
  • Live online lectures on context-setting and concept building
  • 60% of the bootcamp is hands-on i.e. in each session, a student will spend more than 60% of their time on hands-on activities such as coding

Who Should Attend?

Students who are excited about Cloud DevOps or those looking for a career shift into Cloud IT Infrastructure, should consider this bootcamp. No prior programming experience is required just a determination to persist with demanding hands-on exercises and assignments. Some other basic requirements are:

  • High School Diploma from an accredited institution
  • Spoken and written English skills
  • Appropriately configured PC with webcam and headset
  • Uninterrupted internet connection
  • Uninterrupted time to complete the learning activities on schedule

Exit Profile

This program is designed to help deliver job-ready Cloud Systems Administrators and begin to prepare them for a future progression into the exciting new area of Cloud DevOps. The program systematically helps students acquire critical competencies required to take on a role of a Cloud Systems Administrator.

Upon successful completion of all of the assignments and projects, each student should be able to:

  • Install and configure the Linux OS, and associated applications, packages, and services
  • Configure network services such as DHCP, DNS, FTP, and File and Print sharing over a network
  • Automate tasks using scripting and programming (Python)
  • Design & implement networks with switching & routing devices
  • Create Virtual Machines, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and use Virtual storage and Cloud services
  • Deploy applications on public and private cloud platforms
  • Monitor cloud resources, systems, and application logs, and identify key performance indicators, and create health dashboards
  • Automate systems administration tasks
  • Implement Infrastructure-as-Code (IAC) and deployment patterns using GitOps, Terraform, and Kubernetes

Bootcamp Coverage - Competencies - Knowledge and Skill

This bootcamp is designed to build the core competencies i.e., entry level knowledge and skills to perform tasks for the cloud systems administrator job role. As part of the journey, they build the right attitude that sets them up for seamlessly transitioning to this role, as well as making them aware of some of the best practices that professionals are expected to adopt. The tough challenges that they encounter as part of the bootcamp and the capstone project help accelerate their experience. As part of our holistic approach, we help prepare students not just with technical competencies, but also the complementary engineering and behavioral competencies.

We emphasize, that successfully completing this bootcamp is not just about attending live sessions alone – it is also about following through and completing the hands-on assignments and projects. For an assignment to be considered complete, students must refactor their solution after getting it reviewed. Assignment completion is necessary to move forward.

Programs FAQs

Question 1How is my academic progress measured and monitored?


The academic progress of a student is governed by the provisions contained in the Student academic progress policy (SAP) in vogue at the time of enrollment detailed in the latest student manual available here Student Manual. The SAP policy details the academic commitment expected of a student on a weekly basis in terms of assignments to be submitted for review and feedback

Question 2What is the tuition or cost for the program?


The cost of the program is $13,000 USD, however we offer a variety of discounts, scholarships and financing options that allow most learners to complete the program for as little as $8,500. We highly recommend learners apply for scholarships and have made the application process extremely simple. Your dedicated program consultant can walk you through the process of securing scholarship funding.

Question 3Are there any scholarships available?


Yes! Our scholarship application requires only a few simple steps and may qualify you for a tuition reduction of up to 35% off standard pricing. Your program consultant can assist you throughout the application process and scholarship decisions are typically awarded within 2-3 business days.

Students who opt to forego scholarships can still receive a $1000 tuition discount if they elect to pay their tuition in advance of starting the program rather than financing their bootcamp. are eligible to receive a discount on the published tuition.

Question 4What do I get at the completion of the program?


You will receive a Certificate of Completion from Point Park University

Question 5When are the bootcamps currently scheduled to start?


Cohorts in each of the various virtual program tracks (Web Development, Data Analytics, Cybersecurity and Cloud Systems Administration) typically start every month. Please call (412) 392-7249 to get more details

Question 6Can I keep working while studying in the program?


Yes, our virtual programs are designed specifically to address the challenges of individuals who are employed but actively pursuing a career change or advancement in their existing field. The part-time schedule allows you to continue working or pursue other interests, while advancing your skills through your active participation in the program.

Question 7How long does the program take to complete?


Students are expected to complete the program in 6 – 7 months depending on the program. 

Question 8Do you provide career planning support?


Yes, we offer students career support and coaching throughout the duration of the program. Students have an opportunity to develop a working relationship with a career advisor to discuss resume building, job sourcing, interview techniques and salary negotiations.

Question 9How are you different from other programs I can join or other locations?


What makes our bootcamp different is our extensive relationships with leading global companies that hire information technology professionals. Our decades long relationships with global companies provides us with insight and understanding of the specific skills that many employers are demanding as part of their digital transformation efforts. Working with companies, we built our programs to embed these mission critical skills and abilities into our programs so that students who successfully complete the program can be prepared for many entry level jobs in today’s technology-focused workforce.

Question 10What criteria do you look for in potential students applying to the program?


We believe the main criteria for success in our bootcamp is your effort and determination to succeed, as well as time. You will need to be prepared to dedicate the necessary time to the program in order to be successful (typically between 10-12 hours per week)

Question 11Do I need to possess an undergraduate degree to be eligible for the program?


No. You are required to possess a High School Diploma from an accredited institution or a GED, as well as being proficient in spoken and written English.

Question 12How much time should I expect to dedicate to this program?


Our program requires you to participate in

  • Four (4) hours of scheduled/live in-class lecture and guided lab session.
  • Three (3) hours optional scheduled/live office hours for individual support.
  • Two (2) hours of scheduled/Live in-class lab review.
  • Additionally, three (3) to five (5) hours of time out of class is expected to be necessary to complete assignments and prepare for course assessments.

For a total expected time commitment of 12-15 hours per week.

Question 13Do I need to have previous experience in information technology before enrolling in one of the virtual programs?


No specific experience is needed as long as you are determined and eager to learn.

Question 14Will I need to purchase books?


All materials and access to virtual labs and other learning environment will be provided to you and are included in the tuition/cost of the bootcamp.

Question 15Who are the faculty for the programs?


Our faculty (Lead Mentors/Instructors) are typically working professionals who are subject matter experts in their field. They are encouraged to bring real-world experience and situations into our classrooms to expose our students to projects and challenges that replicate the experiences you may have as a working professional in the information technology sector.

Question 16Are the courses available online or in person?


Courses are available 100% virtually with live online sessions.

Question 17I’m an employer. How can I hire one of your students or become a hiring partner?


You can contact one of our Career Services professionals at

Question 18Do I need my own computer?


You will need an appropriately configured PC with webcam, headset, and uninterrupted internet connection. Required specifications for your PC are as follows:

  • To attend the program, students are expected to use their own computer and have an uninterrupted broadband internet connection.
  • Hardware Requirements:
    • Laptop/Desktop with Intel i5 (or later) with minimum 8 GB RAM (recommend 16 GB RAM).
    • Minimum of 50+ GB Free HDD Space.
    • Windows 10 (Patched with Latest Security Updates)
    • HD Webcam.
    • Audio enabled preferably with headset.
  • Software Requirements:
    • Google Chrome Browser.
    • To join the virtual live sessions, students will need to download, and setup zoom client on their computer (one time setup) as required.
    • For offline work, students will need to install zoom and join zoom channel with their registered email.
    • From time to time, students may be required to install a few software updates during different parts of the program. Faculty will share the details during the respective stages of the program. The software needs may vary from program to program. These are mostly either open sources or evaluation version.
    • For some of the programs, MS Office tools would be required. For example, Data Analytics program will require students to have MS Excel.

Question 19Can I use Mac Book for the program?


We recommend the use of Windows Machine for better experience throughout the program. Should you use the Mac Book, we may not be able to provide the technical support.

Question 20Can I use a Chrome Book or Tablet for my bootcamp?


Unfortunately, Chrome Book PCs and most personal tablet devices do not provide the necessary technical capabilities to effectively complete live sessions and many asynchronous assignments. If you have additional questions about your specific device's compatibility with our bootcamp requirements, please refer to Question 18 above or ask your Program Consultant who will be happy to assist!

Question 21Do I need to purchase any application / software before starting the program?


If you have enrolled in the Data Analytics program, you must have a working copy of Microsoft Excel installed. You do not need to purchase any application for the other tracks.

Question 22Can I use the free Excel version from Office 365?


Although Excel is offered free of charge from Office 365, the tool is different in some regards from the Desktop version. You may not be able to perform tasks as demonstrated by the instructor in the Online version. You will additionally have a lot of difficulty downloading and uploading data files to and from both the learning portal and Office 365. For this reason, we recommend using the Downloadable version of Excel program. Additionally, you may not find any support if you decide to use the Office 365 version.