Cloud Computing Learning Path
First, we will take a look at the learning path which takes you through the best way to learn cloud computing, and then we will go into the depth of each step. In the process of looking into the learning path, we will learn a few cloud concepts too which makes it a Cloud Computing Tutorial in a way. The learning path is based on Intellipaat’s experience in teaching various courses on top cloud providers and also considering the Cloud Computing Beginners who need guidance.
Path to learn Cloud Computing:
- Understand the Cloud Computing prerequisites
- Be strong in virtualization and networking concepts
- Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
- Learn Linux
- Choose a cloud provider and start learning (AWS or Azure or GCP)
- Hands-on: Let’s launch an instance
Before we start with the learning path, let me brief about why you should learn Cloud Computing.
Why learn Cloud Computing?
Cloud Computing jobs are among the most popular in the IT industry. Forbes has rated the Cloud Engineer job among the top 15 high-paying IT jobs. However, it is not just about the salary. What about the career growth in Cloud Computing?
You can grow up the ladder quickly when you become an expert in Cloud Computing because a lot of IT companies are shifting from an on-premises setup to the cloud. When IT companies shift to the cloud, Cloud Computing will become a necessary IT skill. So, why not learn it now?
If you wish to pursue a career in cloud computing, check out our Cloud Computing Courses.
We have looked into why you should learn Cloud Computing. Let’s get on with the learning path now.
1. Understand the Cloud Computing Prerequisites
To learn any technology, you should first understand what the technology is. For example, if you want to learn football, you will have to know the rules of the game and also pick up a few basic skills like passing and, shooting before playing a league game. That’s how learning technology works too. Before you start learning, find out the skills required for Cloud Computing.
So, what are the prerequisites to learn Cloud Computing?
- Virtualization concepts and tools
- Networking concepts
- Basic cloud concepts
- Operating systems (Linux and, Windows)
This is what you will have to do first: ask yourself what do you know and what you don’t and start learning them. But, how to learn them? Don’t worry! We will discuss all of these concepts further in this Cloud Computing Tutorial.
2. Be strong in Virtualization and Networking concepts
Why do you have to understand virtualization and networking? How are they related to Cloud Computing? How does a virtual machine help in a Cloud Computing environment? You might be having all of these questions going around in your head. Let me explain.
First, let’s talk about virtualization.
Cloud Computing revolves around virtualization. This is because virtualization enables you to provide virtually unlimited servers of any configuration and OS. Huge cloud players such as AWS, Azure, and GCP use virtualization for their Cloud Computing platform.
Let me give you a brief introduction to how they use virtualization. First, do you know about hypervisors? If yes, skip the next paragraph, else continue reading.
A hypervisor is a software that helps create and run multiple virtual machines. A server/computer that runs multiple virtual machines with the help of a hypervisor is called a host machine. The cloud data centres are equipped with computers with hypervisors installed. So, when an AWS, Azure, or any cloud platform user sends in a request to create an Ubuntu server, the request will be sent to a hypervisor in the desired data centre and a virtual Ubuntu server will be created. Further, the details of the virtual server will be given to the user, and then they can start using it. This lets you create virtually unlimited servers.
Watch this Virtualization in Cloud Computing Tutorial to learn more
We looked into virtualization. How does learning networking help? You would have to use networking protocols to connect with the virtual machine you created using a cloud platform. You don’t need to be a networking expert, but learning the basic protocols would help a lot.
3. Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
This is the most obvious point. Learning the fundamentals of Cloud Computing is important before you take up a cloud provider to work with. Few cloud concepts to learn are as follows:
- Types of cloud services
- Types of cloud deployment
- Advantages of cloud over on-premises
We will discuss the types of cloud services now. To summarize, there are three types of cloud services:
- Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
- Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
- Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
SaaS is a commonly used form of Cloud Computing. Everyone who uses the Internet, use the SaaS cloud. Gmail is a SaaS; Google Drive is a SaaS because you store data online and also retrieve it whenever you need it. The data is not stored locally but remotely in a Google server somewhere in the world.
PaaS is a web service that is developer-friendly and lets you upload your code. The code will be maintained by the cloud provider and a scalable, highly available website will be given to you. All server maintenance and monitoring will be done by the cloud provider itself. No hassles for developers because they don’t need to worry about the server part and can concentrate more on the applications’ code. Heroku is a great example of a PaaS.
IaaS is the cloud service that you need to master in your Cloud Computing path. Cloud players such as AWS provide various IaaS services, which will allow companies to migrate their on-premises setup completely to the cloud platform. These services provide better scalability and availability than on-premises data centres.
We looked into the types of cloud services but there is still a lot to learn. To learn more, check out the video below. You can also check out this Cloud Computing Essentials Course provided by intellipaat.
Watch and learn the Cloud Computing fundamentals
4. Learn Linux
Yes, learning Linux helps. If your work is on AWS, Azure or any other IaaS provider, then your work will possibly involve using a Linux OS. There are thousands of Linux distributions available and you can choose one like Ubuntu or CentOS to start learning.
Linux is a simple yet powerful OS but do not consider it as impossible to learn. To make it easy for you, we provide a Linux course for free if you take up the AWS Solutions Architect Training. If you don’t want to learn AWS but just Linux, check out our Linux Training. You can also start your Linux journey from here.
Watch Linux Tutorial for Beginners
5. Choose a Cloud Provider and Start Learning
We have taken a look at the cloud learning path in this Cloud Computing tutorial. Now, after looking at the types of cloud, what virtualization is, and why Linux, let’s take a quick look at which cloud provider to start with. The top cloud providers are AWS, Azure, and GCP, in order. Choosing one between these three cloud providers is always a great bet.
Personally, I prefer AWS because of its wide variety of services and high performance. You will have to find out what kind of a solution you would require, further research more about the cloud providers, and then choose one.
Once you have an idea about AWS, Azure, and GCP, you can make a comparison and choose the cloud provider you like.
6. Hands-on: Let’s launch an instance
Once you have chosen the cloud service, the logical thing is to practice.
Why not start the practice from here? I am going to provide a list of tutorials for AWS, Azure, and GCP where you can start with your practice.
All the below videos are respective Cloud Computing tutorials for each of these cloud providers. Choose the cloud provider, then hit play, and start practising the hands-on. Just make sure to create an account before starting with the hands-on.
Amazon Web Services Hands-on:
Microsoft Azure Hands-on:
Google Cloud Platform Hands-on:
I hope this Cloud Computing tutorial helped you gain some knowledge of the cloud, as well as how to learn Cloud Computing. We started from where the learning should be started and covered everything from basics to hands-on in top cloud providers.
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