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Cloud computing: Fundamentals

Concepts, benefits, risks, and considerations for moving to the cloud

Date:  07 Oct 2011 (Published 18 Mar 2011) |Level: Introductory |

1. Learn the basics of cloud computing

Cloud computing is a comprehensive solution that delivers IT as a service. Computers in the cloud are configured to work together and the various applications use the collective computing power as if they are running on a single system. The articles and webcast highlight the fundamental concepts in the cloud computing business model as well as the key reasons to move to the cloud.

2. Explore the three layers of cloud computing

Discover the three layers of cloud computing starting with Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service and Software as a Service.

3. Consider the issues of migrating to the cloud

Understanding the risks and rewards of moving to the cloud can help you determine if cloud computing is right for your business.

4. Weigh the options for open source cloud technologies

Once the decision has been made to move to the cloud computing model, companies can decide between proprietary product stacks or open source technologies. Find out about some of the options for open source cloud technology.

5. Understand security in the cloud

As architects and developers consider cloud computing, one of their biggest concerns is security – in all layers of the cloud. Understand the various security issues and how they can be addressed in the cloud.

6. Use the IBM Cloud for development and test

Get an overview and a demonstration of IBM’s offerings for cloud, including Infrastructure as a Service and development and test products.

7. Go further: Gain more skills in cloud computing

If you want to go beyond Step 6 of this knowledge path, explore the resources in this section.




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