Cloud Fundamentals
Cloud Fundamentals - Introduction

Before attempting to implement Cloud technologies, you first need to understand what it is exactly and what options are available.  This course covers a wide range of Cloud-related topics and provides you with a solid foundation of knowledge.

We will start by looking at what Cloud Computing is and describing the three main types: Public, Private and Hybrid.  Then we will look at key concepts and the different service models (including IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS).  Finally, we will discuss common use case scenarios as well as the differences between a traditional on-premises data center. 

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Learning Objectives

  • A clear definition of Cloud computing
  • An understanding of basic Cloud concepts
  • Familiarity with the main Cloud types and services
  • Common use cases for Cloud computing
  • Comparisons with on-premises data centers

Intended Audience

  • Anyone who wants to learn about Cloud Computing


  • General knowledge of computers and the internet
  • Basic understanding of data centers and servers

Hello, and welcome to Cloud Fundamentals. My name is Daniel Mease, and I'll be taking you through this course. I'm a trainer at Cloud Academy with over 20 years of software and web development experience. This course is intended for anyone that wants to learn about cloud computing. Now this includes people who might be seeking a career move, or just looking to grow their business.

After completing this course, you will be able to answer the following questions. Number one, what is the Cloud? Number two, are there different types? Number three, what are some of the key characteristics of the Cloud? And number four, what are the main Cloud services?

The following prerequisites will be helpful for this course. You should have a basic understanding about computers, servers, and data centers. Feedback on our courses is valuable, both to us as trainers and our future students. If you have any criticisms or suggestions for improvement, we would greatly appreciate if you would share those with us.

Also, please note that when this video was recorded, all the course information was accurate. The products and services mentioned are constantly being updated. And as a result, over time, minor discrepancies may appear in the course content. Here at Cloud Academy, we strive to keep our content up to date in order to provide the best training available. So if you notice any information that is outdated, please contact This will allow us to make all necessary fixes to the course during its next release cycle.

About the Author
Learning Paths

Daniel began his career as a Software Engineer, focusing mostly on web and mobile development. After twenty years of dealing with insufficient training and fragmented documentation, he decided to use his extensive experience to help the next generation of engineers.

Daniel has spent his most recent years designing and running technical classes for both Amazon and Microsoft. Today at Cloud Academy, he is working on building out an extensive Google Cloud training library.

When he isn’t working or tinkering in his home lab, Daniel enjoys BBQing, target shooting, and watching classic movies.

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