Cloud computing course wrap up

In this article, we will wrap up this cloud computing basics course. 

Cloud computing is everywhere. It is a big shift from the traditional way businesses think about IT resources and software solutions. Organizations of every type, size, and industry are using the cloud for a wide variety of use cases.

It is the future. Whether you are a Software Engineer, Quality Engineer, Business Analyst, Software Architect, IT Manager, or a Chief Technology Officer (CTO). It has something to offer to everyone. If you don't upgrade yourself and learn cloud computing, sooner or later you are out of the game. 

In this course, we have covered several important cloud concepts.

  • The state of Information Technology before Virtual Machines.
  • What is a Virtual Machine.
  • What are Containers.
  • What is a cloud and why is it important.
  • Different types of clouds - Private, Public and Hybrid.
  • Different types of cloud offerings - IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.
  • Benefits and risks of moving to a cloud.

Cloud computing offers several benefits and we discussed them in detail in our previous videos in this series. Just like everything else, along with the benefits, cloud computing also has risks. We must know and consider these risks before moving to a cloud. We discussed the risks of cloud computing in-detail in our previous videos in this series.

Data Security 

Data Security is one of the very important risks you must consider. When you store your business, employees and customer data in the cloud, you are placing your complete trust on the cloud service provider to secure and safeguard that data. 

If you are thinking, your applications and data are more secure in your own data center, you are almost certainly mistaken. 

Cloud service providers, at least the big reputable players like Microsft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud for example, invest lots of resources and money to implement and improve cloud security. They are experts in this area. Their data centers are far more secure than our own data center. So, in reality, by moving to the cloud you are actually improving security, not reducing it. In addition to this, best practices like the following can reduce the security risk to a great extent.

  • Encryption
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Auditing
  • Reviewing and rotating access keys and credentials 

Like everything else, cloud computing has benefits and risks. We are far enough into the cloud revoultion and the risks have been dealt with in many ways. Cloud is here to stay and it has fundamentally changed the way businesses think about IT resources and software solutions.

You can find all our course videos, text articles and slides in sequence on the following page. 

Cloud Computing Tutorial for Beginners

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