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Cloud Computing Basics

Learn about computer services like servers, data storage, networking, databases, etc.
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Cloud Computing is defined as storing and accessing of data and computing services over the internet. It doesn't store any data on your personal computer. It is the on-demand availability of computer services like servers, data storage, networking, databases, etc. The main purpose of cloud computing is to give access to data centers to many users. Users can also access data from a remote server.

The term “Cloud” came from a network design that was used by network engineers to represent the location of various network devices and there inter-connection.  The shape of this network design was like a cloud.

Cloud computing decreases the hardware and software demand from the user’s side. The only thing that user must be able to run is the cloud computing systems interface software, which can be as simple as Web browser, and the Cloud network takes care of the rest. We all have experienced cloud computing at some instant of time, some of the popular cloud services we have used or we are still using are mail services like gmail, hotmail or yahoo etc.

In this Cloud Computing video course, you will learn: 

Types of Clouds

Cloud Computing Services

Cloud Computing Architecture

Virtualization and Cloud Computing:

Grid Computing Vs Cloud Computing

Grid Computing and Utility Computing

Security concerns and proposed security model for future cloud computing

Privacy Concern



Course/Topic - Cloud Computing Basics - all lectures

  • In this lecture session we learn about cloud computing, which means storing and accessing data over the internet instead of a hard disk. It is defined as a service that provides users to work over the internet.

    • 38:26
  • In this lecture session we learn about cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence—over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.

    • 30:33
  • In this lecture session we learn about Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the internet. These services are divided into three main categories or types of cloud computing.

    • 33:14
  • In this tutorial we learn about the importance of cloud computing can be found in using services like Google Drive and Apple iCloud. The use of these services allows documents, contacts, pictures, and a whole lot more online.

    • 32:19
Course Objectives Back to Top

In Uplatz’s Cloud Computing Course you will learn the following:

- Explain Azure Services and APIs and how they relate to Cloud computing

- Identify each of the managed services and explain the differences between them

- Understand the differences between Cloud deployment models

- Identify available Cloud Service Platforms and determine which works best for your needs


Course Syllabus Back to Top

Overview of Cloud Computing

·       What is cloud or cloud computing?

·       Why to learn cloud computing?

·       Growth of cloud computing

·       Characteristics of cloud computing

·       A brief history and evolution of cloud

·       Key considerations for cloud computing

·       Key cloud service providers and their services


Cloud Computing Service Models

·       Overview of Cloud Service Models

·       Infrastructure-as-a-Service

·       Platform-as-a-Service

·       Software-as-a-Service


Cloud Computing Deployment Models

·       Public Cloud

·       Private Cloud

·       Hybrid Cloud


Components of Cloud Computing

·       Overview of Cloud Infrastructure

·       Virtualization virtual machines

·       Bare Metal Servers

·       Difference between virtual machines and bare metal servers

·       Secure Cloud Networking

·       Containers


Cloud Computing Storage and Content Delivery Networks

·       Basics of Cloud Storage

·       File Storage

·       Block Storage

·       Object Storage Overview

·       Object Storage - Tiers and APIs

·       Content Delivery Networks


Emergent Trends

·       Hybrid Multicloud

·       Serverless Computing

·       Microservices

·       Cloud Native

·       Block Storage

·       Application Modernization

Certification Back to Top

Cloud computing is one of the most important investments in modern IT and it’s grown to become a top priority for all organizations. That means IT professionals with cloud skills are in high demand and certifications can help make you even more hirable by validating your cloud skills and expertise. And cloud certifications can go a long way in boosting your IT salary.

Amazon Web Services launched its certification in 2013. There are many job rules based credentials at the foundation associate and professional levels along with certifications. There are several roles for the candidates such as developer, operation, and architect. The professional news certification targets networking professional with two or more years of experience designing and deploying cloud environments on was.

1. Number of Exams- There is only a single exam of AWS Certified Solutions

2. Architect- Professional Level. It consists of mcqs which one has to do in 170 minutes.

3. Cost of the exam- The cost of the exam is $300 which is further administered by Webassessor.

4. Materials provided- AWS provides links and blueprints, practice exams, resource guides etc.


Career & Jobs Back to Top

As many companies are undergoing   major transformation, there is a need for IT staffers and cloud experts to extract the best outcome from the investment done by a company by leveraging the cloud-based architecture. 

The most popular cloud job roles are cloud architect and cloud engineer and the average salary for a cloud professional in North America is $138,320 per year

The average salary of cloud architecture is $124, 406. Research by Forbes shows that professionals within AWS certification have a potential annual salary of $125,971. This clearly leads to the fact that cloud computing has a very fast growth.

Cloud Computing Job Titles:

Cloud architect

Cloud Engineer

Full-stack cloud Developer

Cloud Service Developer

Development Operations Engineer

Cloud System Administrator

Cloud Data Engineers

Information Technology Architect

Cloud Network Engineer


Interview Questions Back to Top

1) What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is an internet based new age computer technology. It is the next stage technology that uses the clouds to provide the services whenever and wherever the user need it.It provides a method to access several servers world wide.


2) What are the benefits of cloud computing?

The main benefits of cloud computing are:

·       Data backup and storage of data.

·       Powerful server capabilities.

·       Incremented productivity.

·       Very cost effective and time saving.

·       Software as Service known as SaaS.

3) What is a cloud?

A cloud is a combination of networks ,hardware, services, storage, and interfaces that helps in delivering computing as a service. It has three users :

·       End users

·       Business management users

·       cloud service provider

4) What are the different data types used in cloud computing?

There are different data types in cloud computing like emails, contracts, images , blogs etc. As we know that data is increasing day by day so it is needed to new data types to store these new data. For an example, if you want to store video then you need a new data type.

5) Which are the different layers that define cloud architecture?

Following are the different layers that are used by cloud architecture:

·       CLC or Cloud Controller

·       Walrus

·       Cluster Controller

·       SC or Storage Controller

·       NC or Node Controller

6) Which platforms are used for large scale cloud computing?

The following platforms are used for large scale cloud computing:

·       Apache Hadoop

·       MapReduce

7) What are the different layers in cloud computing? Explain working of them.

There are 3 layers in the hierarchy of cloud computing.

·       Infrastructure as a service (IaaS):It provides cloud infrastructure in terms of hardware as like memory, processor, speed etc.

·       Platform as a service (PaaS):It provides cloud application platform for the developer.

·       Software as a service (SaaS)::It provides the cloud applications to users directly without installing anything on the system. These applications remains on cloud.


8) What do you mean by software as a service?

Software As a Service (SaaS) is an important layer of cloud computing. It provides cloud applications like Google is doing. It facilitate users to save their document on the cloud and create as well.

9) What is the platform as a service?

It is also a layer in cloud architecture. This model is built on the infrastructure model and provide resources like computers, storage and network. It is responsible to provide complete virtualization of the infrastructure layer, make it look like a single server and invisible for outside world.

10) What is on-demand functionality? How is it provided in cloud computing?

Cloud computing provides a on-demand access to the virtualized IT resources. It can be used by the subscriber. It uses shared pool to provide configurable resources. Shared pool contains networks, servers, storage, applications and services.

11) What are the platforms used for large scale cloud computing?

Apache Hadoop and MapReduce are the platforms use for large scale cloud computing.

12) What are the different models for deployment in cloud computing?

These are the different deployment model in cloud computing:

·       Private cloud


·       Public cloud


·       Hybrid cloud


·       Community cloud


13) What is private cloud?

Private clouds are used to keep the strategic operations and other reasons secure. It is a complete platform which is fully functional and can be owned, operated and restricted to only an organization or an industry. Now a day, most of the organizations have moved to private clouds due to security concerns. Virtual private cloud is being used that operate by a hosting company.


14) What is public cloud?

The public clouds are open to the people for use and deployment. For example: Google and Amazon etc. The public clouds focus on a few layers like cloud application, infrastructure providing and providing platform markets.


15) What are Hybrid clouds?

Hybrid clouds are the combination of public clouds and private clouds. It is preferred over both the clouds because it applies most robust approach to implement cloud architecture. It includes the functionalities and features of both the worlds. It allows organizations to create their own cloud and allow them to give the control over to someone else as well.


16) What is the difference between cloud computing and mobile computing?

Mobile computing and cloud computing are slightly same in concept. Mobile computing uses the concept of cloud computing . Cloud computing provides users the data which they required while in mobile computing, applications run on the remote server and gives user the access for storage and manage.


17) What is the difference between scalability and elasticity?

Scalability is a characteristic of cloud computing which is used to handle the increasing workload by increasing in proportion amount of resource capacity. By the use of scalability, the architecture provides on demand resources if the requirement is being raised by the traffic. Whereas, Elasticity is a characteristic which provides the concept of commissioning and decommissioning of large amount of resource capacity dynamically. It is measured by the speed by which the resources are coming on demand and the usage of the resources.


18) What are the security benefits of cloud computing?

Cloud computing authorizes the application service, so it is used in identity management.


It provides permissions to the users so that they can control the access of another user who is entering into the cloud environment.


19) What is the usage of utility computing?

Utility computing is a plug-in managed by an organization which decides what type of services has to be deployed from the cloud. It facilitates users to pay only for what they use.


20) What is "EUCALYPTUS" in cloud computing? Why is it used?

It is an acronym stands for Elastic Utility Computing Architecture For Linking Your Program To Useful Systems. It is an open source software infrastructure in cloud computing and used to implement clusters in cloud computing platform. It creates public, private and hybrid cloud. It facilitate a user to create his own data center into a private cloud and use its functionalities to many other organizations.

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