A Practical Introduction to Cloud Computing
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A Practical Introduction to Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing made simple with real world practical examples
4.7 (502 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
10,063 students enrolled
Created by Neil Anderson
Last updated 6/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 16 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Accurately define what Cloud Computing is and is not
  • Understand how Cloud Computing differs from traditional IT deployment models
  • Understand the building blocks of Cloud Computing
  • Define IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and XaaS and understand how they differ from each other
  • Understand the IaaS options including virtual machines on shared physical servers, virtual machines on dedicated servers, and dedicated bare-metal servers
  • Deploy a virtual machine on Amazon Web Services IaaS
  • Deploy an application on IBM Bluemix PaaS
  • Give examples of SaaS services they have already signed up for
  • List the advantages of Cloud Computing over traditional deployment models
  • Perform a TCO cost comparison between an On Premises or Cloud deployment for a real world IT workload
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Requirements
  • A basic foundational level knowledge of computer networks
Description

The 2nd top hit for 'Cloud Computing' on Google says 'Cloud computing is a general term for the delivery of hosted services over the internet.' Unfortunately, that definition is completely wrong.

This course is designed to clear up the many misunderstandings about Cloud Computing and to give you a crystal clear and easy to understand explanation of exactly what it is, how it works, the different options available, the advantages provided and how much it's going to cost.

And I'm not just going to give you the theory, I'm going to show you practical examples which you can follow along with yourself so you'll understand exactly how Cloud Computing works in the real world.

I start off with a review in Module 1 of the traditional deployment models of On Premises and Colo so you can understand how Cloud changes things, then explain how server virtualisation revolutionised data center design and paved the way for Cloud.

Module 2 defines Cloud Computing by listing the Essential Characteristics of Cloud services.

You'll learn about the Cloud Service Models of IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and XaaS in Module 3. I start with an overview of the different models and then dive deep into the details and options of each. I also give lab demos of how to deploy each type.

The Cloud Deployment Models of Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Community Cloud are covered in Module 4.

Finally in Module 5 I list out the advantages of Cloud Computing and then break out the spreadsheet to show you how to do a TCO cost comparison when choosing between an On Premise or Cloud deployment for a real world workload.

A verifiable course certificate stating you have completed this training will be provided at the end of the course. This will prove to potential future employers that you have the basic cloud knowledge necessary to be an effective member of their IT team, and the motivation to complete further training and be a real asset to their company.

As a student in this course, you will get an answer to every question you ask in the Ask Question section. I love interaction with my students- anything you want to know, please ask.

Thank you for taking the time to read about the course. I hope you now have enough motivation to get into the learning right away. If so, click the Enroll Now button at the top of the page to get started!


Who is the target audience?
  • Any decision maker or IT professional who needs an easy to understand explanation of Cloud Computing
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Server Virtualization Simplified
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Defining Cloud - Essential Characteristics
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Defining Cloud Computing
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Broad Network Access
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Resource Pooling
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Measured Service
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Cloud Service Models Overview
08:45

IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service
21:11

IaaS Design Example
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PaaS - Platform as a Service
05:12

SaaS - Software as a Service
04:48

XaaS - Anything as a Service
07:31

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Cloud Deployment Models - Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud
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Cloud Deployment Models Quiz
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Advantages of Cloud Computing and Calculating TCO
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Advantages of Cloud Computing and Calculating TCO
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About the Instructor
Neil Anderson
4.7 Average rating
2,214 Reviews
29,961 Students
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Building your Cloud and Data Center career

Hi, I'm Neil Anderson, and my mission is to build the best Cloud and Data Center systems engineers possible.

For the last 9 years my main focus has been delivery of technical training and development of course content for large enterprise and service provider customers such as NetApp, Cisco, Verizon and IBM. I train the engineers who design and implement the largest Cloud and Data Center deployments throughout the Asia Pacific region and the rest of the world.

I also provide consultancy support and mentoring for the services division systems engineers in the company I work for.

Prior to focusing on training I worked in the field for over 10 years in a variety of systems and network engineering roles.

I've always embraced change and I've worked in contract roles for dozens of companies, big and small, and enjoyed soaking up knowledge across all areas of information technology. I'm lucky this has given me a broad perspective across server, network and storage technologies.

As well as explaining the hands-on details of each technology I teach, a key part of my role is explaining the big picture of how all the technologies fit together in real world deployments, and the best practice way to implement them.

My mission is building engineers, my passion is helping people succeed. I love to hear back from students who I've helped move on to the next level in their career. It gives me huge satisfaction to know I've played a part in them achieving their goals.

If you have any questions about Cloud, NetApp, Cisco or VMware technologies, ping me a message and I'd love to help you out. 

Specialities:
NetApp Storage
Cisco CCIE Collaboration #17108
Cloud Computing
Cisco Data Center
VMware Virtualization
CISSP Security
PRINCE2 and ITIL Certified