Introduction to Cloud Computing

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Overview

This course introduces you to the core concepts of cloud computing. You gain the foundational knowledge required for understanding cloud computing from a business perspective as also for becoming a cloud practitioner. You understand the definition and essential characteristics of cloud computing, its history, the business case for cloud computing, and emerging technology usecases enabled by cloud. We introduce you to some of the prominent service providers of our times (e.g. AWS, Google, IBM, Microsoft, etc.) the services they offer, and look at some case studies of cloud computing across industry verticals.

You learn about the various cloud service models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and deployment models (Public, Private, Hybrid) and the key components of a cloud infrastructure (VMs, Networking, Storage - File, Block, Object, CDN). We also cover emergent cloud trends and practices including - Hybrid Multicloud, Microservices, Serverless, DevOps, Cloud Native and Application Modernization. And we go over the basics of cloud security, monitoring, and different job roles in the cloud industry.

Even though this course does not require any prior cloud computing or programming experience, by the end of the course, you will have created your own account on IBM Cloud and gained some hands-on experience by provisioning a cloud service and working with it.

This course is suitable for a large variety of audiences - whether you are an executive / manager / student who wants to become familiar with cloud computing terminology and concepts, or someone who wants foundational grounding in cloud computing to start a career in this field or become a cloud practitioner - such as a cloud engineer, developer, analyst, etc.

The completion of this course also makes you eligible to earn the Cloud Computing Core IBM digital badge. More information about the badge can be found here: https://www.youracclaim.com/org/ibm/badge/introduction-to-cloud-computing

Syllabus

Overview of Cloud Computing
-This week you will learn about the definition and essential characteristics of cloud computing. You will learn about the evolution of cloud computing, the emerging technologies supported by cloud, and the business case for cloud computing.In this module, you will learn about the definition and essential characteristics of cloud computing. You will also learn about the evolution of cloud computing, the business case for cloud adoption, and how some of the emerging technologies are being supported by cloud computing.

Cloud Computing Models
-This week you will learn about the different types of service and deployment models of cloud computing. In this module, you will learn about the three main service models available on the cloud—Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). You will also learn about the three main deployment models available on the cloud—Public, Private, and Hybrid. At the end of the module, you will create an account on IBM Cloud.

Components of Cloud Computing
-This week you will learn about the various components of a cloud computing architecture, such as virtualization virtual machines, bare metal servers, and the difference between virtual machines and bare metal servers. You will learn how to build a secure cloud networking presence, how container-based technologies work, and the benefits of a Content Delivery Network. We will also familiarize you with the four main types of cloud storage.

Emergent Trends and Practices
-This week you will learn about some of the emergent trends in cloud computing, such as Hybrid Multicloud, Serverless Computing, and Microservices. You will also learn about how cloud native applications work, the role of DevOps in addressing some of the complexities of cloud computing, and the components of application modernization.

Cloud Security and Monitoring, Case Studies, and Jobs
-This week you will learn about some of the elements of cloud security, including Identity and Access Management, and Cloud Encryption. You will also learn about how organizations can leverage cloud monitoring solutions to optimize business benefits. We will familiarize you with cloud adoption case studies in different industry verticals, and the various career opportunities and job roles available in the field of cloud computing today. At the end of the module, you will create an object storage instance on the cloud and add items to your storage.

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