Cloud Computing Applications, Part 1: Cloud Systems and Infrastructure

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About this 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 softw…

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About this 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.

Who is this class for: This course is designed to give you a comprehensive view of the cloud computing landscape. our assumption is that you already have a working knowledge of computer science. Even though the course does not involve much of programming exercises (we do have one tutorial you can try to follow and learn), we expect the student to have some prior exposure to computers particularly in enterprise backend and server environments.

Created by:  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Taught by:  Roy H. Campbell, Professor of Computer Science

    Department of Computer Science
  • Taught by:  Reza Farivar, Data Engineering Manager at Capital One, Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science

    Department of Computer Science
Basic Info Course 3 of 6 in the Cloud Computing Specialization Level Intermediate Commitment 4 weeks, 2-3 hours of video lectures per week, a weekly quiz (30 minutes). 3-4 hours for tutorial. Language English, Subtitles: Korean How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 3.8 stars Average User Rating 3.8See what learners said Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Course Orientation
You will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required for the course.


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  1. Video: Welcome to Cloud Computing Applications Part 1
  2. Reading: Syllabus
  3. Practice Quiz: Orientation Quiz
  4. Reading: About the Discussion Forums
  5. Reading: Updating Your Profile
  6. Discussion Prompt: Getting to Know Your Classmates
  7. Reading: Social Media


Module 1: Introduction to Cloud Computing



Welcome to the first module of the course! In this module, we will introduce the concept of cloud computing and the economical foundations that make cloud computing make sense. We then introduce some fundamental concepts including software defined architectures and cloud services. We end the module by introducing you to the low level cloud computing service offered, infrastructure as a service.


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  1. Reading: Module 1 Overview
  2. Video: Module 1 Introduction
  3. Video: 1.1.1 Cloud Computing Introduction
  4. Video: 1.1.2 Motivation Interview
  5. Video: 1.1.3 Cloudonomics: Part 1
  6. Video: 1.1.4 Cloudonomics: Part 2
  7. Video: 1.1.5 Big Data
  8. Video: 1.1.6 Summary to Cloud Introduction
  9. Video: 1.2.1 Software Defined Architecture
  10. Video: 1.2.2 Cloud Services
  11. Video: 1.2.3 Infrastructure as a Service

Graded: Module 1 Graded Quiz

WEEK 2


Module 2: Foundations: Containers, Virtual Machine, JVM



Welcome to the second module! Here, 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.


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  1. Reading: Module 2 Overview
  2. Video: Module 2 Introduction
  3. Video: 2.1.1 Virtualization
  4. Video: 2.1.2 Virtualizing the Network and Storage
  5. Video: 2.2.1 OS Based Virtualization
  6. Video: 2.2.2 Xen
  7. Video: 2.2.3 VServer 2.0
  8. Video: 2.2.4 Solaris Zones
  9. Video: 2.2.5 OpenVZ
  10. Video: 2.2.6 LXC Linux Containers
  11. Video: 2.3.1 Docker
  12. Video: 2.3.2 Kubernates
  13. Video: 2.3.3 JVM
  14. Video: 2.4.1 IaaS: OpenStack
  15. Video: 2.4.2 IaaS Providers: Amazon
  16. Video: 2.4.3 IaaS Providers: Microsoft
  17. Video: 2.4.4 IaaS Providers: Google
  18. Video: 2.4.5 Serverless Architecture

Graded: Module 2 Graded Quiz

WEEK 3


Module 3: MAAS, PAAS, Web Services
Welcome to the third module, where we introduce Metal as a Service (provision real hardware in the cloud), Platform as a Service (provide a platform to run user code on) and Web Middleware as the glue technology that empowers cloud computing.


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  1. Reading: Module 3 Overview
  2. Video: Module 3 Introduction
  3. Video: 3.1.1 MAAS Part 1
  4. Video: 3.1.2 MAAS Part 2
  5. Video: 3.1.3 Juju
  6. Video: 3.2.1 PaaS Providers: Google App Engine
  7. Video: 3.2.2 PaaS Providers: Salesforce
  8. Video: 3.3.1 Web Services
  9. Video: 3.3.2 RPC Semantics
  10. Video: 3.3.3 RPC Implementation
  11. Video: 3.3.4 HTTP SOAP REST
  12. Video: 3.3.5 JSON
  13. Video: 3.3.6 Load Balancer Introduction
  14. Video: 3.3.7 Load Balancer Schemes
  15. Video: 3.3.8 Protocol Buffers and Thrift
  16. Video: 3.3.9 MBAAS

Graded: Module 3 Graded Quiz

WEEK 4


Module 4: Storage: Ceph, SWIFT, HDFS, NAAS, SAN, Zookeeper



Welcome to the last and final module of the cloud computing course! So far we have covered various methods of running certain computations on the cloud. Now it's time to focus on data storage in the clouds. In this module, we introduce big data and cloud file systems such as HDFS and Ceph, cloud object stores such has Open Stack Swift or Amazon S3, virtualized block storage devices such as Amazon EBS and archival storage options like the Amazon Glacier. Finally, we conclude the module with introducing the DropBox cloud API that enables developers to quickly integrate cloud storage options in their applications.


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  1. Reading: Module 4 Overview
  2. Video: Module 4 Introduction
  3. Video: 4.1.1 Ceph
  4. Video: 4.1.2 HIVE
  5. Video: 4.1.3 TEZ
  6. Video: 4.2.1 SWIFT
  7. Video: 4.2.2 Amazon S3 BLOB Storage
  8. Video: 4.3.1 Amazon AWS EBS Storage
  9. Video: 4.3.2 AWS Glacier
  10. Video: 4.3.3 Amazon AWS Elastic File System
  11. Video: Dropbox API

Graded: Module 4 Graded Quiz

Course Conclusion
You will find out where to go next after completing this course and be able to share any thoughts you have on this course experience.


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  1. Discussion Prompt: Final Reflections
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