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A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

Week One

Lesson 01 - What the Cloud Is

Confused about the cloud? You're in the right place! This first lesson will clear up some confusion and start with the basics. It will explain the building blocks of the cloud, and that will lead you to a durable definition of the cloud that you'll use as a foundation for the rest of the course. The lesson will also discuss what the cloud means to you, its impact on your life, and why it'll be helpful for you to understand how it works.

Lesson 02 - How the Cloud Started and What It Solves

So how did the cloud get started? In this lesson, you'll learn the history of the cloud and how it was a natural evolution of networked computers and Internet connectivity. The lesson will also discuss why the cloud is so important, and then you'll look at the business challenges and opportunities that the cloud addresses. By the end of the lesson, you'll have a solid understanding of how this technology got to where it is now and how business computing operated before the cloud.

Week Two

Lesson 03 - Different Kinds of Clouds: Public, Private, Hybrid

Ever wonder why some people believe the cloud is simple, while others believe that it's complex? In this lesson, you'll learn why they're both right—and you'll learn how to think about the cloud from two perspectives. The lesson will also discuss the different types of clouds: public, private, and hybrid. You'll get a glimpse inside the big business technology world and find out why the cloud can be such a compelling move for large organizations.

Lesson 04 - How the Cloud Grows

What's the difference between the cloud and a collection of computers? A bunch—and much of that comes down to virtualization. In this lesson, you'll learn what virtualization is and why it's so fundamental in how the cloud operates. The lesson will also discuss scale and how it relates to virtualization. Finally, you'll see how endpoints make all the connections work.

Week Three

Lesson 05 - Cloud Services

As you'll recall, "services" is one of the five building blocks in the definition of the cloud. In this lesson, you'll look at those services. Specifically, you'll look at three categories of cloud services: infrastructure (or Infrastructure as a Service, or IaaS), platforms (or Platform as a Service, or PaaS), and software (or Software as a Service, or SaaS). The lesson will discuss how these three categories compare and individuals and business can take advantage of them.

Lesson 06 - Data Centers: Where the Cloud Computes

All the computing power of the cloud needs to live somewhere, and it's not in the atmosphere. In this lesson, you'll learn all about data centers—how they operate, what they look like, where they're located, and what makes them tick. You'll also learn what makes one data center more efficient than another, and you'll get perspective on what it costs to make them operate. It's a fascinating tour, with a lot to learn and even more to explore!

Week Four

Lesson 07 - Understanding Data, Including Big Data

Your experience in the cloud includes the storing and transmission of data, either across the hall or across the world. In this lesson, you'll understand how to think about data in terms of its importance in the cloud and learn why companies often leave worrying about data to someone else. The lesson will discuss how all the data in the cloud moves across continents, across the ocean, and over airwaves. Finally, you'll look at a clear definition of big data and see some examples of where big data may be headed.

Lesson 08 - Understanding Cloud Providers

Making sense of how cloud providers offer their services is an important step in truly understanding the cloud. In this lesson, you'll see how a well-established cloud provider organizes and presents its offerings. You'll go through each group of the cloud provider's offered services and map them to what you've already learned about the cloud and the categories you're familiar with.

Week Five

Lesson 09 - Cloud Providers and Big Platforms

In this lesson, you'll learn where websites fit into the cloud and what other elements, offerings, or activities are driving the adoption and popularity of the cloud and its varied services. The lesson will also cover what it means to be a big provider, and you'll examine the largest platforms—and largest overall service providers—that are in the cloud today.

Lesson 10 - Getting Into the Cloud

Learn about what goes into creating a cloud app, and how the three (plus one) ecosystems dominate the world of cloud applications. In this lesson, you also learn about the different types of devices, how they are categorized, and how they align to the types of cloud apps that are available. You'll also learn about ecosystems, and why they define how cloud apps are created, distributed, and sold.

Week Six

Lesson 11 - The Cloud and #You

In this lesson, you'll look at how social network sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter work in the cloud and how users and organizations can create apps that connect with their huge base of users. You'll learn how social media sites let software developers interact with their sites, create apps and games that operate within and outside their sites, and why they do this. Also, you'll learn about social media tools on Facebook and in Twitter, including why the hashtag was created (#), how it's used, and how to use these sites yourself.

Lesson 12 - Conclusions, Connections, and the Future of the Cloud

This lesson ties together everything you've learned in this course. You'll learn how you can view the cloud from two primary perspectives—consumer and business—and about the primary benefits (and drivers) that have propelled cloud adoption from participants of both perspectives. The lesson will also discuss where these two perspectives share a common, clear force that continues to be the biggest benefit of the cloud. Finally, you'll look into the future of what the cloud may hold and what that future might mean.

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  • New sessions starting monthly with lessons and assignments released weekly.
  • 2-4 hours a week in a convenient six-week format.
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