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Cloud Computing: A Practical Introduction
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2h 29m

This course is designed for those interested to learn the basics of cloud computing.

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2h 29m


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

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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Any decision maker or IT professional who needs an easy to understand explanation of Cloud Computing

What you’ll 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


  • A basic foundational level knowledge of computer networks

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.

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.

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 virtualization revolutionized 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.

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned about the basics of cloud computing.

10 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - A Brief History Of Traditional IT Deployments
Traditional IT Deployment Models: On Prem And Colo 00:00:00
Server Virtualization Simplified 00:00:00
Section 2 - Defining Cloud: Essential Characteristics
Defining Cloud Computing 00:00:00
On-Demand Self-Service 00:00:00
Rapid Elasticity 00:00:00
Broad Network Access 00:00:00
Resource Pooling 00:00:00
Measured Service 00:00:00
Section 3 - Cloud Service Models: IaaS, PaaS and SaaS
Cloud Service Models Overview 00:00:00
IaaS – Infrastructure As A Service 00:00:00
IaaS Design Example 00:00:00
PaaS – Platform As A Service 00:00:00
SaaS – Software As A Service 00:00:00
XaaS – Anything As A Service 00:00:00
Section 4 - Cloud Deployment Models: Public, Private And Hybrid Cloud
Cloud Deployment Models: Public, Private And Hybrid Cloud 00:00:00
Section 5 - Advantages Of Cloud Computing And Calculating TCO
Advantages Of Cloud Computing And Calculating TCO 00:00:00

Course Review


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  1. Anonymous



    An excellent introduction to Cloud services.

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