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About the Course

Welcome to the Cloud Computing Applications course, the first part of a two-course series designed to give you a comprehensive view on the world of Cloud Computing and Big Data! In this first course we cover a multitude of technologies that comprise the modern concept of cloud computing. Cloud computing is an information technology revolution that has just started to impact many enterprise computing systems in major ways, and it will change the face of computing in the years to come. We start the first week by introducing some major concepts in cloud computing, the economics foundations of it and we introduce the concept of big data. We also cover the concept of software defined architectures, and how virtualization results in cloud infrastructure and how cloud service providers organize their offerings. In week two, 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. Week three moves to higher level of cloud offering, including platform as a service, mobile backend as a service and even serverless architectures. We also talk about some of the cloud middleware technologies that are fundamental to cloud based applications such as RPC and REST, JSON and load balancing. Week three also covers metal as a service (MaaS), where physical machines are provisioned in a cloud environment. Week four introduces higher level cloud services with special focus on cloud storage services. We introduce Hive, HDFS and Ceph as pure Big Data Storage and file systems, and move on to cloud object storage systems, virtual hard drives and virtual archival storage options. As discussion on Dropbox cloud solution wraps up week 4 and the course....

Top reviews


Feb 18, 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


Apr 10, 2018

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

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By Patrick F

Apr 14, 2017

thank you for everything !

By Anakot K R

Oct 28, 2017

Good Introduction.

By Sunil G

Oct 29, 2017

very interesting and informative. Really enjoyed it!

By S S K

May 13, 2017

It's very useful.

By Mahalakshmi

Dec 02, 2016

Great course, extremely helpful!!

By jinwoo, p

Sep 28, 2017

easy to understand the cloud infrastructure and why cloud need for future business and technology.

By Priyank A

Jun 12, 2018

Good course

By Cenxui L

May 07, 2019

good to learn about cloud


Jun 30, 2019

Excellent course covering the core concepts of cloud and distributed systems.

By Ibrahim M

Jul 24, 2019

very good course , i like it

By Craig K

Jul 02, 2019

This course had great content (best of the first 3) and covers a lot of the key technologies used in cloud systems.

By Sreenivasulu B

Sep 23, 2019

Great introductory course!

By Michael

Sep 29, 2019

Very good high level overview and compare/contrast of cloud technologies.

By Camara L D

Oct 20, 2019

Excellent course

By Harshal M

Oct 24, 2019

Course content was too good. It covers all basic topi

By 강진희

Dec 03, 2019

클라우드 내부의 많은 기술들을 알게 되어 좋은 기회였던거 같습니다.

By Asyer W

Nov 27, 2019


By Kamath S S

Feb 06, 2019

very good and insightful course for beginners

By Punnavenu

Jul 11, 2018

if given even more real time examples and practical explaination

By Hugo A A S D

Sep 28, 2018

Nice course but too much theory.

By 黄亮

Oct 16, 2018

Provider a lot of materials on cloud application, infrastructure and storage service, not deeply enough to known the inside.

By Marcin K

Nov 02, 2017

Some lessons seemed to be going too much into details whereas others not enough details. Some minor misspellings and misinformations but overall happy with the course.

By Philip O O

Mar 22, 2018


By Ananth K

Jul 20, 2017

Good concepts on Cloud Inf

By Vladimir B

Dec 04, 2017

Good , but sometimes very tedious.Plese, take examples and put them in instead dull explanation.

Dull because subject , not you ;-)

Thanks a lot