The Cloud Computing Specialization takes you on a tour through cloud computing systems. We start in in the middle layer with Cloud Computing Concepts covering core distributed systems concepts used inside clouds, move to the upper layer of Cloud Applications and finally to the lower layer of Cloud Networking. We conclude with a project that allows you to apply the skills you've learned throughout the courses.
Reza FarivarData Engineering Manager at Capital One, Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science
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Time to completion can vary widely based on your schedule. Most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 4-5 months.
Each course in the Specialization is offered on a regular schedule with sessions starting about once per month. If you don't complete a course on the first try, you can easily transfer to the next session, and your completed work and grades will carry over.
What background knowledge is necessary?
Basic working knowledge of computers and computer systems
Familiarity with common programming languages (e.g., C, C++, Java)
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
It is recommended that the courses in the Specialization be taken in the order outlined. In the Capstone Project, you will have the opportunity to synthesize your learning in all the courses and apply your combined skills in a final project.
MCS courses in Coursera do not carry University of Illinois credit on their own. Each course has an enhanced for-credit component. You can earn academic credit if you combine an MCS Coursera course with the enhanced for-credit component offered on the University of Illinois platform. Some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
There will be hands-on laboratory experiments (Load Balancing and Web Services, MapReduce, Hive, Storm, and Mahout). Case studies will be drawn from Yahoo, Google, Twitter, Facebook, data mining, analytics, and machine learning. We will also explore current practice by talking to leading industry experts, as well as looking into interesting new research that might shape the cloud network’s future.