I really enjoyed this course and feel like I learned so much about the cloud and how it works! I think the instructor was knowledgeable, and he made everything easy to understand. I never felt lost, like I have in other learning environments. Thank you so much!"
Another excellent course by David! I was as fuzzy as anyone in my understanding of the cloud going into this course. Coming out of the course, I am quite comfortable with the cloud. The precision and clarity of the information presented forced me to think about the cloud in ways I hadn't previously considered."
Course Code: utc
In this first lesson, you will start with the basics. You will understand the building blocks of the cloud and gain a definition of the cloud that you will use as a foundation for the rest of this course. You will explore what the cloud means to you, its impact on your life, and why it will be helpful for you to understand how it works. Then you will learn the history of the cloud and how it was a natural evolution of networked computers and Internet connectivity. You will also look at why the cloud is so important, and the business challenges and opportunities the cloud addresses.
In this lesson, you will learn how to think about the cloud from a simple and a complex perspective. You will examine different types of clouds: public, private, and hybrid. And you will get a glimpse inside the big business technology world. Then you will learn what virtualization is and why it is so fundamental in how the cloud operates. You will examine scale and how it relates to virtualization. Then you will see how endpoints make all the connections work.
This lesson will introduce you to services. Specifically, you will look at three categories of cloud services: infrastructure, platforms, and software. You will examine how these three categories compare and individuals and business can take advantage of them. Then you will learn all about data centers---how they operate, what they look like, where they are located, and what makes them tick. You will learn what makes one data center more efficient than another, and you will gain perspective on what it costs to make them operate.
This lesson will help you understand how to think about data in terms of its importance in the cloud. You will examine how all the data in the cloud moves across continents, across the ocean, and over airwaves. You will also gain a clear definition of big data as well as examples of where big data may be headed. Then you will examine how a well-established cloud provider organizes and presents its offerings. You will go through each group of the cloud provider’s offered services and map them into categories.
In this lesson, you will learn where websites fit into the cloud and what other elements, offerings, or activities are driving popularity of the cloud and its varied services. You will discover what it means to be a big provider, and examine the largest service providers in the cloud today. Then you will learn about the cloud app. You will 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 will discover ecosystems, and why they define how cloud apps are created, distributed, and sold.
Finally, you will look at how social networking 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 will 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. You will learn about social media tools on Facebook and Twitter, including why the hashtag (#) was created, how it is used, and how to use these sites yourself. Then you will learn how to view the cloud from two primary perspectives---consumer and business---and discover the primary benefits that have propelled cloud adoption from participants of both perspectives. You will end by looking into the future of what the cloud may hold and what the future might mean for you.
David Iseminger is a computer and networking expert and an experienced teacher of networking topics. He has worked at Microsoft Corporation as a telecommunications specialist, networking performance analyst, and lead programming writer for cutting-edge network disciplines. Iseminger has also published 12 books about computers and networking. He is a graduate of the University of Washington, where he earned degrees in English and Comparative Literature, with a minor in writing.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course 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.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two 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 two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.