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Understanding Cloud Computing

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A non-coding introduction to cloud computing, covering key concepts, terminology, and tools.

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Learn About Cloud Computing

Every day, we interact with the cloud—whether it’s using Google Drive, apps like Salesforce, or accessing our favorite websites. Cloud computing has become the norm for many companies, but what exactly is the cloud, and why is everyone rushing to adopt it?

Designed for complete novices, this cloud computing course breaks down what the cloud is and explains terminology such as scalability, latency, and high-availability.

Understand the Cloud Computing Basics

You’ll start by looking at the very basics of cloud computing, learning why it’s growing in popularity, and what makes it such a powerful option. You’ll explore the different service models businesses can choose from and how they're implemented in different situations.

As this is a no-code course, you can learn about cloud computing at a more conceptual level, exploring ideas of data protection, the various cloud providers, and how organizations can use cloud deployment.

Discover the Advantages of Cloud Computing

This course will demonstrate the many advantages of cloud computing, including ease of remote collaboration, how there are no hardware limitations, and reliable disaster recovery.

As you progress, you'll also discover the range of tools provided by major cloud providers and look at cloud computing examples from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. By the end of this course, you'll be able to confidently explain how cloud tools can increase productivity and save money, as well as ask the right questions about how to optimize your use of cloud tools.
  1. 1

    Introduction to Cloud Computing


    In this chapter, you’ll learn why cloud computing is growing in popularity, how it compares to an on-premise solution, and what makes it so powerful. Next, you’ll learn about the three different service models—IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS—and how they each satisfy a unique set of business requirements.

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    What is cloud computing?
    50 xp
    Understanding the cloud
    50 xp
    Cloud vs. on-premise
    100 xp
    Cloud computing services
    50 xp
    The power of the cloud
    50 xp
    Primary cloud services
    100 xp
    Key characteristics
    100 xp
    Cloud service models
    50 xp
    Outsourcing IT services
    100 xp
    IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS?
    100 xp
    Level of abstraction
    100 xp
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    Cloud Deployment

    Now that you understand the power of cloud computing, it’s time to discover how it’s implemented using one of three deployment methods—private, public, and hybrid. You'll then find out how data protection regulations can affect cloud infrastructure. Lastly, you’ll meet the important roles within an organization that can make your cloud deployment a reality.

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    Cloud Providers and Case Studies

    In the final chapter, you’ll be introduced to the major cloud infrastructure players, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. You’ll become more familiar with their market positioning, the products they offer, and who their main customers are and how they use cloud computing.

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    10 days

    Very interesting topic. I opened my eyes on this topic, because I thought it is only where you keep your pictures and other documents. Highly insightful.

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  • Rabiu O.
    about 1 month

    It was a great experience to have taken the course, it really opens my eyes that with cloud computing technology, we can do almost everything we usually do in an on-premises which is more secure should there be any disaster. The services are made cheap by these great companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google

  • amiko m.
    about 2 months

    I was so delighted to start the course that by the end of it, my mind was blown away with all of the new stuff I learnt!



"Very interesting topic. I opened my eyes on this topic, because I thought it is only where you keep your pictures and other documents. Highly insightful."

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