Fundamentals of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is, more and more, being used by everyone for just about everything. But what exactly IS cloud computing? Watch this course to learn what cloud computing is, the many forms of cloud computing, how cloud computing works, and more.
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(148)
Level
Beginner
Updated
May 15, 2017
Duration
2h 9m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Introduction to the Course
Cloud Computing - The Basics
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Infrastructure as a Service Networking
Storage in the Cloud
Infrastructure as a Service: Security
Comparing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud Solutions
Summary
Description
Course info
Rating
(148)
Level
Beginner
Updated
May 15, 2017
Duration
2h 9m
Description

Talk about Cloud Computing has spread like a marketing virus. But what is cloud computing, really? How does it work? How can it help IT professionals and businesses of all sizes? In this course, Fundamentals of Cloud Computing, youlll learn the different forms of cloud computing, how they can help you, what makes them so powerful. You'll see numerous hands-on demos of cloud computing solutions including infrastructure as a service and software as a service solutions. Finally, you'll learn how to secure your cloud and protect your data in the cloud. When you're done with this course you'll have the skills and knowledge that you need to understand and use cloud computing.

About the author
About the author

David has authored over 50 courses for Pluralsight.com around enterprise data center technologies such as cloud computing, virtualization, and (especially) VMware vSphere.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Have you heard of the cloud? Of course you have, but what is the cloud? I mean, really. What are the different types of cloud and how can they change your life? Watch my new course at Pluralsight. com to find out. My name is David Davis and my latest course is Cloud Computing Fundamentals. I've been writing, teaching, and speaking about cloud computing since before cloud computing was called the cloud. I've created over 50 Pluralsight. com courses and this is one of the best courses yet. Did you know that cloud computing is being used by just about every person or company on the internet today in some shape or form. Most people use the cloud and never even think about it. In this course you're going to learn how the cloud works, how it can help you, and the different types of cloud computing. You're going to see them in action. Specifically, we'll cover infrastructure as a service and how it compares to virtualization, the difference between private cloud, hybrid cloud, and public cloud. We'll cover how to migrate to the cloud, how infrastructure-as-a- service, networking, security, and storage works. What platform-as-a-service is and how it compares to infrastructure- as-a-service and finally, how software-as-a-service makes your life so much easier. By the end of the course you'll truly understand the different types of cloud computing, you'll see them in action, and you'll feel comfortable with cloud computing. Now you don't need to know anything to get started so just buckle up, grab a beverage, and join me on this quick trip to the clouds while watching my Cloud Computing Fundamentals training at Pluralsight. com.

Introduction to the Course
Hello and welcome to Cloud Computing Fundamentals. You're watching the introduction to the course. My name is David Davis and I'll be your instructor. So what are you going to learn in this module? Well, this module like I said is just the introduction to the course. So in this module you'll learn why cloud computing, why is cloud computing so important and why is everybody talking about it? From there you'll learn what you'll learn in this course. We're going to talk about everything we're going to talk about so you'll get a good overview in this module of everything you're going to learn so that you're prepared and you have some idea of what you're getting into. After that we'll talk about the prerequisites for the course. I'll give you a little hint. There aren't any. This is an introductory course; this is a fundamentals course. So because of that, you don't need to know anything. Now of course if you have some background knowledge in computers, great! That's going to help you out, but if you know nothing about cloud computing and you just want to learn what the heck is the cloud that people keep talking about on TV, right? You're going to learn the answer to that and much, much more in this course. After that, I'll tell you a little bit about myself, my background, and why I feel like I'm qualified to help you learn about cloud computing. We've got a lot to cover. This is going to be a really fun and a really educational course so let's get started.

Cloud Computing - The Basics
You may have seen a commercial on TV from the likes of Microsoft where a person has a problem sharing photos and someone says, "take it to the cloud, " and the cloud seems to solve all their problems. You might've seen another commercial from Microsoft where they say they're having trouble accessing their home computer and someone says, "take it to the cloud, " and the cloud seems to fix everything, right? So what the heck is the cloud? Well, in this module that's exactly what you'll learn, the basics of cloud computing. My name is David Davis and I'll be your instructor for this module. In this module we'll kick it off by answering the most basic of questions. What is it? What is cloud computing exactly? From there you'll learn the traits of a cloud. What is a cloud and isn't a cloud? What should you look for? After that I'll talk about the benefits of cloud computing. What's it good for? How does it help you? From there we'll also address what many people leave out, which are the risks of cloud computing. What risk are you taking when you move something to the cloud? From there we'll cover the many forms of cloud computing. There are many different ways to use the cloud. I'll talk about the history of cloud computing, it's not brand new, although you might think that it is, and then from there I'll show you a demo of cloud computing in action. We've got a lot to cover so let's get started.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
We learned earlier how whether you're a small business or a large business, infrastructure-as-a-service or IaaS can help you to get the computing resources you need on-demand. Those resources can scale up, they can scale down. You'll only pay for what you'll use, how they'll make your life easier and how they'll make your business more agile and more competitive. In this module, we'll go more in depth into infrastructure-as-a-service. Here's what you'll learn. We'll kick it off with what is virtualization? Virtualization is the foundation for infrastructure-as-a-service. From there I'll show you what a virtual machine is. I'll show you what a container is. They're similar, but different. We'll cover the difference between private cloud, hybrid cloud, and public cloud. And then we'll compare the difference between virtualization and private cloud. We'll cover IaaS pricing models, service level agreements, and how to migrate to the cloud. How are you going to get from point A to point B. We've got a lot to cover so let's get started.

Infrastructure as a Service Networking
Thus far we've talked about virtual machines and containers and how those run in an infrastructure-as-a-service, but whether you're an end user or an administrator, how do you connect to those applications and those servers that are running in an infrastructure-as-a-service or an IaaS cloud? Well, you have to do it over the network somehow, right? Some kind of network and that's exactly what we'll be talking about in this module covering infrastructure-as-a-service networking. We'll kick it off by covering the IaaS networking options. What options are available to you to connect to your infrastructure that's running in the public cloud? From there we'll discuss VPC or virtual private cloud networking and then I'll show you how to connect to the cloud with a virtual private network or a VPN. We've got a lot to cover so let's get started.

Storage in the Cloud
Thus far we've talked about running your software in the cloud or software-as-a-service, your infrastructure in the cloud or infrastructure-as-a-service, but what about your storage? Where do you store your data in the cloud? How do you do that? What are the multiple options for doing that? That's exactly what we'll be covering in this module. We'll kick it off with understanding infrastructure-as-a-service storage options. From there we'll cover cloud file storage, object storage, and then wrap it up with data protection in the cloud. We've got a lot to cover, so let's get started.

Infrastructure as a Service: Security
Now if you've watched the news at all, you might have heard or you've probably heard about some cloud security concerns, some data breaches, some lost personal information. Now much of that was related to things that were totally unrelated to cloud computing. For example, a retailer with a credit card breach. However, many data breaches were directly related to cloud security. So when you think about moving to the cloud, you're smart to be concerned about security and that's exactly what we'll be talking about in this module. We'll kick it off with cloud security concerns. I'm going to list out some of the most common concerns and we'll do our best to address them. From there we'll talk about what encryption is and how it can help you. We'll cover compliance, what it is it and how it can help you. And then we'll wrap it up with vulnerabilities and mitigation in the cloud infrastructure.

Comparing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS)
In this course we've talked a lot about infrastructure-as-a-service and only briefly mentioned platform-as-a-service or PaaS. So now let's talk about platform-as-a-service and how it compares specifically to infrastructure-as-a-service. In this module we'll cover what is platform-as-a-service and we'll answer that question first, before we talk about how infrastructure- as-a-service and platform-as-a-service compare. And then we'll wrap it up with a demo of Amazon Web Services Elastic Beanstalk. We've got a lot to cover so let's get started.

Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud Solutions
Software-as-a-service or SaaS solutions, they are by far the easiest way to consume cloud computing and that's exactly what we'll be talking about in this module. We'll kick it off with the benefits of SaaS cloud solutions before we jump into some demos. I'll demo Office 365, the Google G Suite, and SalesForce. com. We've got a lot to cover so let's get started.