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Subtitles: English, Korean

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1 hour to complete

Course Orientation

You will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required for the course.

1 video (Total 3 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
4 readings
About the Discussion Forums10m
Updating Your Profile10m
Social Media10m
1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz10m
3 hours to complete

Module 1: Introduction to Cloud Computing

Welcome to the first module of the course! In this module, we will introduce the concept of cloud computing and the economical foundations that make cloud computing make sense. We then introduce some fundamental concepts including software defined architectures and cloud services. We end the module by introducing you to the low level cloud computing service offered, infrastructure as a service.

10 videos (Total 132 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
10 videos
1.1.3 Cloudonomics: Part 111m
1.1.4 Cloudonomics: Part 212m
1.1.5 Big Data8m
1.1.6 Summary to Cloud Introduction5m
1.2.1 Software Defined Architecture15m
1.2.2 Cloud Services15m
1.2.3 Infrastructure as a Service12m
1 reading
Module 1 Overview10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Graded Quiz24m
5 hours to complete

Module 2: Foundations: Containers, Virtual Machine, JVM

Welcome to the second module! Here, we cover virtualization and containers with deeper focus, including lectures on Docker, JVM and Kubernates. We finish up week two by comparing the infrastructure as a service offering by the big three: Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

17 videos (Total 240 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
17 videos
2.2.1 OS Based Virtualization33m
2.2.2 Xen10m
2.2.3 VServer 2.012m
2.2.4 Solaris Zones8m
2.2.5 OpenVZ9m
2.2.6 LXC Linux Containers9m
2.3.1 Docker17m
2.3.2 Kubernates18m
2.3.3 JVM19m
2.4.1 IaaS: OpenStack6m
2.4.2 IaaS Providers: Amazon20m
2.4.3 IaaS Providers: Microsoft12m
2.4.4 IaaS Providers: Google10m
2.4.5 Serverless Architecture25m
1 reading
Module 2 Overview10m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Graded Quiz24m
3 hours to complete

Module 3: MAAS, PAAS, Web Services

Welcome to the third module, where we introduce Metal as a Service (provision real hardware in the cloud), Platform as a Service (provide a platform to run user code on) and Web Middleware as the glue technology that empowers cloud computing.

15 videos (Total 167 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
15 videos
3.1.3 Juju9m
3.2.1 PaaS Providers: Google App Engine6m
3.2.2 PaaS Providers: Salesforce4m
3.3.1 Web Services17m
3.3.2 RPC Semantics9m
3.3.3 RPC Implementation9m
3.3.5 JSON9m
3.3.6 Load Balancer Introduction15m
3.3.7 Load Balancer Schemes14m
3.3.8 Protocol Buffers and Thrift12m
3.3.9 MBAAS8m
1 reading
Module 3 Overview10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Graded Quiz24m
2 hours to complete

Module 4: Storage: Ceph, SWIFT, HDFS, NAAS, SAN, Zookeeper

Welcome to the last and final module of the cloud computing course! So far we have covered various methods of running certain computations on the cloud. Now it's time to focus on data storage in the clouds. In this module, we introduce big data and cloud file systems such as HDFS and Ceph, cloud object stores such has Open Stack Swift or Amazon S3, virtualized block storage devices such as Amazon EBS and archival storage options like the Amazon Glacier. Finally, we conclude the module with introducing the DropBox cloud API that enables developers to quickly integrate cloud storage options in their applications.

10 videos (Total 99 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
10 videos
4.1.3 TEZ4m
4.2.1 SWIFT17m
4.2.2 Amazon S3 BLOB Storage12m
4.3.1 Amazon AWS EBS Storage16m
4.3.2 AWS Glacier5m
4.3.3 Amazon AWS Elastic File System9m
Dropbox API12m
1 reading
Module 4 Overview10m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Graded Quiz24m
20 minutes to complete

Course Conclusion

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Top reviews from Cloud Computing Applications, Part 1: Cloud Systems and Infrastructure

By SPFeb 18th 2017

Well structured course. Gives a good overview of the basics of cloud computing. couple of typos in the transcripts. will flag errors in future courses

By UNApr 10th 2018

Understanding of this course will help you to know more about Cloud Computing and the technologies that drive Big Data



Roy H. Campbell

Professor of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science

Reza Farivar

Data Engineering Manager at Capital One, Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science

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