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Introduction to Cloud


This course introduces you to the core concepts of cloud computing. You will gain the foundational knowledge required for understanding cloud computing from both business and practitioner perspectives. You will also learn about cloud adoption and emerging technologies, cloud computing service and deployment models, different types of cloud storage, and emergent cloud trends.

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  • English


  • Cloud Computing

Enrollment Count

  • 104.97K

Skills You Will Learn

  • cloud computing

Offered By

  • IBMDeveloperSkillsNetwork

Estimated Effort

  • 6 hours


  • SkillsNetwork

Last Update

  • July 19, 2024
About This course

About this course

You will learn about the definition and essential characteristics of cloud computing, its history, emerging trends, and the business case for cloud computing. You also learn about the various cloud service models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and deployment models (Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud), the key components of a cloud architecture (Virtualization, VMs, Storage, Networking, Containers ), and Emergent Cloud Trends (Hybrid Multicloud, Serverless, Microservices, Cloud Native, Application Modernization).

Course syllabus

Module 1: Overview of Cloud Computing
  • Definition and essential characteristics
  • A brief history and evolution of Cloud
  • Key cloud service providers and their services

Module 2: Cloud Adoption and Emerging Technologies
  • Business case for Cloud Computing
  • Emerging technologies supported by Cloud: AI, IoT, Blockchain, Analytics

Module 3: Cloud Computing Service and Deployment Models
  • Service Models: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS
  • Deployment Models: Public, Private, Hybrid

Module 4: Components of Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Infrastructure Overview
  • Virtualization, VMs, Bare Metal
  • Secure Cloud Networks
  • Containers

Module 5: Cloud Storage
  • Direct Attached
  • File Storage
  • Block Storage
  • Object Storage
  • Content Delivery Networks (CDN)

Module 6: Cloud Native and Emergent Cloud Trends
  • Hybrid Multicloud
  • Serverless
  • Microservices
  • Cloud Native
  • Application Modernization

General Information

  • This course is self-paced.
  • It can be taken at any time.

Recommended skills prior to taking the course

You don't need to know anything about cloud to take this course, and no extensive programming experience is required. 


Rav Ahuja

Global Program Director, IBM Skills Network

Rav Ahuja is a Global Program Director at IBM. He leads growth strategy, curriculum creation, and partner programs for the IBM Skills Network. Rav co-founded Cognitive Class, an IBM led initiative to democratize skills for in demand technologies. He is based out of the IBM Canada Lab in Toronto and specializes in instructional solutions for AI, Data, Software Engineering and Cloud. Rav presents at events worldwide and has authored numerous papers, articles, books and courses on subjects in managing and analyzing data. Rav holds B. Eng. from McGill University and MBA from University of Western Ontario.

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