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Introduction to Cloud Computing

Welcome to the Cloud... now, what is it?
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Created by Mike Chambers
Last updated 7/2016
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Understand the fundamental elements of cloud computing
Filter out the hype and focus on cloud value
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  • Basic understanding of IT principles helps.
  • Access to the Internet for material linked from the course.

There is no such thing as ‘the cloud,’ it’s just somebody else’s computer” – Did you ever hear that one?I have, and it’s what prompted me to create this course!

In this introduction to Cloud Computing, we answer the key question “What is the cloud?” With a solid, standards based approach and examples from the real word, we look at all the definitions that come together to mean cloud.

After this course you will have the foundation you need to launch into a career using cloud, to spearhead the cloud initiative within your organisation, or simply hold your own in that infuriating water cooler conversation with Simon the datacentre manager about how “there is no such things as ‘the cloud’”.

Using a web browser and an electronic blackboard my style is to talk and draw.There are no technical prerequisites so, let’s get going….

Who is the target audience?
  • This introduction to Cloud Computing will help anyone who is in, or getting into professional IT.
  • Developers, Architects, Operational, Managers, CIO's: this course is for you all.
  • If you have previous experience of the cloud, you might learn something about the broadness of the topic.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 15 Lectures Collapse All 15 Lectures 55:50
Introduction to Cloud Computing
2 Lectures 06:39

This is the introduction to the course. We will cover the layout of the sections, and what they cover.


Cloud Computing is not a buzzword. By the end of this lesson you will see why.

Service Models
5 Lectures 14:06

During this lesson we examine a standard computing 'stack', in a traditional IT environment. Now we're ready to look at cloud Service Models.


How does IaaS fit into the computing 'stack' model?

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

How does PaaS fit into the computing 'stack' model?

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

How does SaaS fit into the computing 'stack' model?

Software as a Service (SaaS)

During this lesson we compare the different cloud Service Models, look at real world services that fall between the models, and discuss the value proposition offered by the models.

Model Comparison
Essential Characteristics
6 Lectures 26:20

There are 5 Essential Characteristics of Cloud Computing.


What is on-demand self-service within a real world context?

On-demand self-service

What is 'broad network access' within a real world context?

Broad network access

What is 'rescue pooling' within a real world context?

Resource pooling

Is it magic?! What is 'rapid elasticity' in a real world context?

Rapid elasticity

What is 'measured service' in a real world context?

Measured service
Deployment Models
1 Lecture 03:20

Can you host private data in public cloud? We explore what is meant by 'public', 'private' and 2 other deployment models.

Deployment Models
Wrapping up
1 Lecture 05:25

In this lesson we go over all the topics covered in this course. I hope you enjoyed taking the course as much as I did putting it together. Thanks for taking part.

Please remember to leave your feedback. Tell me what you liked, and anything you didn't. See you next time.

Its a wrap

A short quiz to help test your understanding of cloud computing.

The Quiz!
10 questions
About the Instructor
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Mike has been working in the ICT industry for 15 years, working for the majority of that time as a System Designer and Solutions Architect.

Having conducted face to face training around the world, he is now creating courses at https://aCloud.guru to reach a wider audience.

Mike became an Amazon Web Services Certified Cloud Solutions Architect in 2014.

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