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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 Paulo F

Sep 25, 2019

Good training content and well structured

By Deleted A

Mar 14, 2017

Really good course for distributed funda!

By Kamal K M

Apr 7, 2021

Thank you for such valuable course.

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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By Mst. D k

Jul 6, 2020

A Nice course

By YeonUk K

Dec 17, 2017

great !! but

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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.

By Amit P

Feb 9, 2019

The course covers lots of areas and you hear lots of keywords. But it doesn't cover any of the aspects in depth. For me it was very basic course and having some practical aspects would have made it a much interesting course.

By Alexandre C

Jun 12, 2018

I think that some topics were handled a bit too superficially, obviously we can dig for more information, but I was expecting a little bit more, considering that I really liked the previous courses on the track.

By Katsiaryna S

Oct 31, 2016

This course is ok, but it gives only high level overview of cloud technologies. I will do the second part, but I will do a free version. I don't think that it's worse this money.


Jul 13, 2019

Relevant topics, bad lectures. Lots of Jargon, not enough context. Went straight into "how" technologies work without properly explaining why technologies were needed.

By Michael M

Jun 7, 2018

There are very small quizzes in the course, few examples, and unavailable background for old technologies. I have completed this course only for specialization.

By Apeksha S

Jul 15, 2020

Good course but explanation could be better.A little more dive into detail and explain each point with diagrams would be of much help.

By Daren T

Sep 27, 2016

Consider adding a programming assignment to the course curriculum. Please address content issues in a timely manner. Thank you.

By Srinivasa R C

Jan 19, 2017

There should have been more examples and more use case and more applied rather than just a theoretical discussion