A Practical Introduction to Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing made simple with real world practical examples
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The 2nd top hit for ‘Cloud Computing’ on Google says ‘Cloud computing is a general term for the delivery of hosted services over the internet.’ Unfortunately, that definition is completely wrong.

This course is designed to clear up the many misunderstandings about Cloud Computing and to give you a crystal clear and easy to understand explanation of exactly what it is, how it works, the different options available, the advantages provided and how much it’s going to cost.

And I’m not just going to give you the theory, I’m going to show you practical examples which you can follow along with yourself so you’ll understand exactly how Cloud Computing works in the real world.

I start off with a review in Module 1 of the traditional deployment models of On Premises and Colo so you can understand how Cloud changes things, then explain how server virtualisation revolutionised data center design and paved the way for Cloud.

Module 2 defines Cloud Computing by listing the Essential Characteristics of Cloud services.

You’ll learn about the Cloud Service Models of IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and XaaS in Module 3. I start with an overview of the different models and then dive deep into the details and options of each. I also give lab demos of how to deploy each type.

 The Cloud Deployment Models of Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Community Cloud are covered in Module 4.

Finally in Module 5 I list out the advantages of Cloud Computing and then break out the spreadsheet to show you how to do a TCO cost comparison when choosing between an On Premise or Cloud deployment for a real world workload.

A verifiable course certificate stating you have completed this training will be provided at the end of the course. This will prove to potential future employers that you have the basic cloud knowledge necessary to be an effective member of their IT team, and the motivation to complete further training and be a real asset to their company.

Thank you for taking the time to read about the course. I hope you now have enough motivation to get into the learning right away. If so, click the green ‘Enroll in Course for FREE’ button to get started!

This course has achieved a stellar 4.5 out of 5 average rating from over 4000 public reviews.
Lars Bröcker

“Great introduction to the world of Cloud Computing, explaining the basic principles and different deployment models.”

– Lars Bröcker

What Are The Requirements?

  • A basic knowledge of computer networks
  • No previous cloud knowledge is necessary

What will you be able to do after taking this course?

  • Accurately define what Cloud Computing is and is not
  • Understand how Cloud Computing differs from traditional IT deploment models
  • Understand the building blocks of Cloud Computing
  • Define IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and XaaS and understand how they differ from each other
  • Understand the IaaS options including virtual machines on shared physical servers, virtual machines on dedicated servers, and dedicated bare-metal servers
  • Deploy a virtual machine on AWS Amazon Web Services IaaS
  • Deploy an application on IBM Bluemix PaaS
  • Give examples of SaaS services
  • List the advantages of Cloud Computing over traditional deployment models
  • Perform a TCO cost comparison between an On Premises and Cloud deployment for a real world IT workload

You can take ‘A Practical Introduction to Cloud Computing’ from home or anywhere in the world.

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You have permanent lifetime access to all the course material so you can go at your own pace and do the lessons on your schedule. You can work through the entire program from start to finish, or pick and choose individual tutorials and configuration demos as and when you need them. 
Neil Anderson

Your Instructor

Hi, I’m Neil Anderson. My main focus since 2007 has been development and delivery of technical training for large enterprise and service provider customers such as NetApp, Cisco, Verizon and IBM. I train the engineers who design and implement the largest Cloud and Data Center deployments throughout Asia Pacific and the rest of the world. 

Prior to focusing on training I worked in the field for over 10 years in a variety of systems engineering roles. I love sharing my knowledge and can’t wait to help you take your career to the next level.

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Course Curriculum


  • 01 A (Very) Brief History of Traditional IT Deployments

     Traditional IT Deployment Models - On Prem and Colo
     Server Virtualization Simplified

  • 02 Defining Cloud - Essential Characteristics

     Defining Cloud Computing
     On-Demand Self-Service
     Rapid Elasticity
     Broad Network Access
     Resource Pooling
     Measured Service

  • 03 Cloud Service Models - IaaS, PaaS and SaaS

     Cloud Service Models Overview
     IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service
     IaaS Design Example
     PaaS - Platform as a Service
     SaaS - Software as a Service
     XaaS - Anything as a Service

  • 04 Cloud Deployment Models - Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud

     Cloud Deployment Models - Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud

  • 05 Advantages of Cloud Computing and Calculating TCO

     Advantages of Cloud Computing and Calculating TCO

Frequently Asked Questions


  • When does the course start and finish?

    It's self-paced training -- you can watch the videos and do the lab exercises whenever and wherever is best for you.

  • How long does it take to complete the course?

    The course is an hour long, students typically complete it in one sitting.

  • How long do I have access to the course for?

    Your enrollment never expires. You have permanent and unlimited access across all devices you own.

  • Can I access the course material offline?

    Yes, you can install the Teachable app on your tablet or mobile (or using an emulator on your PC) to download the videos and quizzes and watch them offline. All of the study notes and lab exercise guides are provided as downloadable PDFs.

  • Is a course certificate provided?

    Yes, you will receive a verifiable course certificate upon course completion.

  • Can I ask questions about the course lessons?

    Yes, I'm always happy to help with any questions about the course content. You can email me at neil@flackbox.com

  • Do you offer a consultancy service?

    I'd love to be able to provide consultancy for individual production environments but I'm unable to take on new clients right now sorry.

  • What if I'm unhappy with the course?

    I go above and beyond to make sure you are more than happy with the course. If however you are unsatisfied with any purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.

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Any questions? Drop me a line, I’m here to help: neil@flackbox.com 
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