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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Cloud Computing Applications, Part 1: Cloud Systems and Infrastructure by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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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 17, 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

Oct 22, 2020

Basic understanding of benchmark skills of Cloud Computing. If could share the combined slides of different lectures, could be better!

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By Vara V

Nov 1, 2019

The course is not difficult compared to the two earlier courses. It is fun to learn.

By Petr T

Aug 22, 2017

Not enough practical examples, best practices and comparisons between technologies.

By Shambhu N P

Oct 29, 2017

Very good course content. Could be more helpful if given some real case studies

By jingjing L

Aug 21, 2016

Colorful information about various advanced technologies in cloud computing.

By Shivali p

Apr 24, 2020

It was best experience

I learnt some new concepts I did not know

By venu p

Jul 11, 2018

if given even more real time examples and practical explaination


May 26, 2018

Nice content and overall good for beginners to get started

By Tanvir A

Dec 9, 2019

Excellent delivery of some difficult concepts

By Kamath S S

Feb 5, 2019

very good and insightful course for beginners

By Debasis D

May 14, 2019

Good Course provided by Coursera. Thank you

By Paulo F

Sep 25, 2019

Good training content and well structured

By Deleted A

Mar 14, 2017

Really good course for distributed funda!

By Sreenivasamurthy D

Jun 4, 2020

Content was good. Neatly explained

By Abhishek K C

May 21, 2020

overall good depth of information

By Hugo A A S D

Sep 28, 2018

Nice course but too much theory.

By Ananth K

Jul 20, 2017

Good concepts on Cloud Inf

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Sep 4, 2016


By Mst. D k

Jul 6, 2020

A Nice course

By YeonUk K

Dec 17, 2017

great !! but

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By Niels R

Jul 7, 2018

This course provides a lot of poorly structured information in quick succession. You're bombarded with acronyms and technical designations without recaps of what they stood for. At the end of each weekly session there is a very short quiz with questions that are weakly related to the course content and have subjective answers like "which application is best for purpose X". You can complete the quizes easily by retrying and won't typically come away from them feeling like you understood all of the material, let alone were able to prove that you did. It's kind of a worst of both world situation where the provided material is challenging, but the examination is not and you end up with a certificate that really doesn't stand for anything.

By Miklós A R

Jul 16, 2017

The content is very good, the course gives a wide overview on the topics. On the other hand for me it was a bit slow and found many repetitions in the course videos, the exams could have been harder and could have helped to deepen understanding a bit more. I was lacking the programming assignments, as well.