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Cloud Computing for Beginners

Explore the key characteristics of the Cloud and how you can improve computing processes with Cloud services.

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Discover the benefits of Cloud computing

Over recent years, the Cloud has completely revolutionised approaches to computing processes.

On this two-week course, you’ll learn how to define the Cloud and develop knowledge of its infrastructure and services. You’ll understand how Cloud services evolved to meet changing user needs and learn a variety of Cloud applications and uses.

Examine the basics of Cloud infrastructure

Cloud computing has five foundational characteristics that set it apart from earlier computing iterations.

You’ll learn about these characteristics in detail, from on-demand self service to resource pooling, and discover how they can help optimise processes in conjunction with current and emerging technologies.

Using relatable examples, you’ll be able to contextualise and frame each characteristic within your own work, identifying areas for development.

Learn the fundamentals of Cloud services and Cloud deployment models

On this course, you’ll learn about Cloud service models (Saas, Iaas, and PaaS), as well as deployment models (hybrid, private, and public Cloud) and understand their different applications.

By doing so, you’ll discover how Cloud computing meets the needs of users at a variety of levels and know when to implement each of these services and models.

Explore Cloud service providers and their uses, from Azure functions to AWS services

From Microsoft Azure to Amazon Web Services, different organisations are in competition to provide the best Cloud services to its users.

You’ll explore two of the big players in Cloud services and start using both Azure and AWS to improve your Cloud management.

By the end of this course, you’ll understand Cloud computing and its applications for individuals and businesses. With this knowledge, you can begin to develop a career as a cloud practitioner.

Skip to 0 minutes and 2 seconds SPEAKER 1: Reach for the sky with this cloud computing for beginners course. Fly through the basics in just 90 minutes. Learn from expert Anand Raman from the Microsoft Azure AI programme, how to soar through cloud computing. This course will enable you to define the need for and importance of cloud computing for personal and business use; identify cloud computing software suites to create rudimentary cloud computing networks; analyse cloud computing capabilities, needs, and execution requirements based on service availability; compare cloud computing services based on computing needs; create cloud computing management accounts on different platforms; and investigate cloud computing platforms for business and personal use cases. Learn at any time and from anywhere under the sun.

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  • Week 1

    Cloud computing overview

    • Welcome and introduction

      Welcome to Cloud Computing for Beginners and the start of your learning journey, brought to you by Packt.

    • Defining cloud computing

      In this activity, we will define cloud computing, its uses, origins, and different cloud computing solutions to apply its use case for your business or personal needs.

    • Adopting cloud computing

      In this activity, we will determine the business case for adopting cloud computing based on data needs, service capabilities, service availability, and investment opportunities.

    • Azure as a cloud computing service

      In this activity, we will identify how to utilise the Microsoft Azure platform as the starting point to manage your cloud computing needs.

    • AWS as a cloud computing service

      In this activity, we will explore the AWS platform as an alternative platform to manage your cloud computing accounts.

    • Wrap up

      You have reached the end of this course. In this activity, you will reflect on what you have learned.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the need for and importance of cloud computing for personal and business use.
  • Identify cloud computing software suites to create rudimentary cloud computing networks.
  • Evaluate cloud computing capabilities, needs, and execution requirements based on service availability.
  • Compare cloud computing services based on computing needs.
  • Create cloud computing management accounts on different platforms.
  • Investigate cloud computing platforms for business or personal use cases.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those wanting to gain an introductory knowledge of Cloud Computing. No prior knowledge is necessary, so it is perfect for management and leaders wishing to better understand their IT processes, as well as those considering a future career in computer networks.

What software or tools do you need?

You’ll need to create cloud computing accounts online, and download or run software on a remote cloud computing instance of Windows operating system. We’ll show you how on the course.

Who developed the course?


Founded in 2004 in Birmingham, UK, Packt’s mission is to help the world put software to work in new ways, through the delivery of effective learning and information services to IT professionals.


FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform and has been providing high quality online courses for learners around the world over the last ten years.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
  • Download and print your Certificate of Achievement anytime

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Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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