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Cloud Computing First Look

with David Rivers

Video: Welcome

Discover what cloud computing means for business and the basic tools and techniques.
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  1. 37s
    1. Welcome
  2. 14m 47s
    1. What is cloud computing?
      3m 3s
    2. Exploring the components of the cloud
      1m 41s
    3. Understanding the infrastructure of the cloud
      2m 41s
    4. Cloud services overview
      4m 56s
    5. Using storage and database services
      2m 26s
  3. 9m 38s
    1. The three main cloud computing scenarios
      2m 43s
    2. The operational benefits of the cloud
      1m 2s
    3. The economic benefits of the cloud
      1m 33s
    4. The staffing benefits of the cloud
      1m 29s
    5. Understanding the security risks of cloud computing
      2m 51s
  4. 7m 34s
    1. Overview of storage as a service
      2m 36s
    2. About storage providers
      1m 48s
    3. Understanding cloud storage security
      1m 27s
    4. Cloud storage considerations
      1m 43s
  5. 26m 0s
    1. Exploring Google Apps
      2m 14s
    2. Taking a look at Microsoft Windows Live
      1m 29s
    3. Working with SkyDrive
      1m 57s
    4. Syncing with iCloud
      1m 40s
    5. Using Dropbox
      3m 44s
    6. Working with Evernote
      1m 30s
    7. Exploring Asana
      4m 4s
    8. Staying organized with Highrise
      2m 36s
    9. Using Prezi
      4m 21s
    10. Working with Yammer
      2m 25s
  6. 19m 39s
    1. Making a cloud migration plan
      5m 8s
    2. Analyzing service and service providers
      5m 48s
    3. Releasing data using the wave approach
      1m 13s
    4. Securing data
      2m 26s
    5. Establishing a training plan for staff and other stakeholders
      2m 42s
    6. Predicting and responding to change
      2m 22s
  7. 8m 9s
    1. Monitoring performance after transitioning to the cloud
      2m 22s
    2. Fine-tuning cloud use
      3m 49s
    3. Additional resources
      1m 58s
  8. 45s
    1. Where to go from here

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Cloud Computing First Look
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In this course, author David Rivers explains the essentials of cloud computing and answers the basic question: What is the cloud? The course then explores the benefits and drawbacks of cloud computing, including a candid look at balancing the sharing and privacy issues with the productivity gains of working in the cloud.

David also presents an overview of migration and common cloud technologies as you contemplate a move to the cloud, including Google Apps, Microsoft Windows Live, and more. The final chapter outlines how to evaluate the ongoing effectiveness of the cloud for your business.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the components and infrastructure of the cloud
  • Working with storage and database services
  • Understanding the benefits of cloud computing
  • Assessing security risks
  • Obtaining cloud storage
  • Working with Google Apps, Windows Live, iCloud, and more
  • Migrating to the cloud
  • Training others on cloud use


Hi and welcome to Cloud Computing First Look. I am David Rivers. Increasingly we are being inundated with the cloud and cloud technologies. Cloud computing is everywhere but not everyone agrees on exactly what it is. This course is designed to give you a good understanding of what a cloud really is and what technologies are available to you in the cloud. This course should also help you to decide if any of the cloud is right for you and your business. If it is, you'll also pick up some tips for making your move to the cloud. Let's get started.

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