Cloud Computing Fundamentals


Fundamentals teaches the fundamentals of cloud computing, without using fancy, technical buzzwords and by incorporating plenty of real world examples. It begins by describing the seven fundamental software business models at play and then describes each layer of cloud computing.

Cloud Computing Fundamentals is the first class of a three class set in the Cloud Computing Trilogy, based on Dr. Timothy Chou's Stanford University CS309A class, numerous keynote speeches and several enterprise workshops. The CS309A course was rated one of the top eight classes for continuing education on cloud computing by InformationWeek.

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Each chapter includes:

  • Video/audio of Dr Chou giving a 10-18 minute lecture
  • Text so you can read the chapter's material
  • Slide images, so you can teach others
  • 10 question quiz

Price: $9.99

Certificate of Completion

Upon passing each quiz in the class, you will receive a certification of completion both in PDF format, as well as a the ability to post on your Linkedin Profile.

Example Reviews

"Love the innovative approach to sharing best practices and tangible examples...will be a great asset as we rapidly move to cloud based solutions and business models...very cool book..."

- Evren Eryurek, CTO, GE Healthcare Software

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- Toby Redshaw, former CIO American Express

"It should be required reading for our entire sales organization."

- Dennis Walczak, Enterprise Account Executive, Box

"I took Dr. Chou's class and these books both enable me to review fundamental concepts, but also go far beyond what we had time to do in class."

- Russell Kaplan, Stanford CS Student

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Class Contents

Cloud Computing: Fundamentals

  • Number of Chapters: 8
  • Watch: 2 hrs and 20 mins of combined video
  • Read: 18,381 words in total
  • Tell: 150 pictures from the book you can use to discuss

Table of Contents

Chapter Title Description
1. Introduction Introduction chapter to the Fundamentals book.
2. Business Models Seven business models, which range from the traditional to consumer Internet, with outsourcing, SaaS and open source explained from a business model point of view.
3. Cloud Computing Framework A cloud-computing framework, which contains seven different components. It’s designed to be used by business or technical people developing strategic and tactical plans.
4. Application Cloud Services Business applications were first to move. This chapter shows you eight different classes of business applications, all delivered as cloud services with plenty of case studies.
5. Data Center Cloud Services TED-sized tutorial for those of you who know datacenters are important, but don’t understand the fundamental attributes.
6. Compute & Storage Cloud Services Jeff Bezos started the revolution. This chapter focuses on both the technology and the economics and introduces the different was compute & storage cloud services will be differentiated in the future.
7. Operations Management Cloud Services This area is often not something people focus on, but the cost and quality of delivery of any application is dependent on the management of security, availability, performance and change. This should be done with software, not people.
8. Software Development Cloud Services The company that won the developer, Microsoft, won the last major transition from mainframes to client-server. The war is on again. You should understand some of the basics of what is happening.

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