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About this course

The exciting field of Cloud Computing is rapidly changing how businesses operate today. Cloud computing provides rapid access to shared pools of resources, such as: compute, storage, networks, applications, services, or libraries using an on-demand, utility-based model. The characteristics of a cloud computing model include: self-service, network access, resource pools, rapid elasticity, and metered resource usage. As with any large-scale shift, new skills and processes must be learned and implemented to overcome management challenges. Existing business processes, workflows, and policies must be adapted to account for this new technology.

This course, part of the Cloud Computing MicroMasters program, focuses on commonly encountered management issues with the adoption and implementation of cloud computing. Examples include: Cloud migration, Cloud Requests for Proposals, Cloud Service Level Agreements, and other business process compliance issues.

You will examine these issues in depth, then review industry best practices and other case studies to develop the techniques that address and mitigate them. Business processes such as procurement, vendor management, and end-user management are also covered.

Earn up to $225 in AWS promotional credits!

Students who enroll in this course are eligible for $25 in AWS promotional credit to cover the cost of the hands on labs. Students can claim this credit after completing some initial course work but before beginning the first AWS lab. Students also qualify for an additional $200 AWS promotional credit by purchasing a verified certificate and successfully completing the final project.

This course is part of the Cloud Computing MicroMaster’s program from UMGC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMGC Master’s Program in Cloud Computing Architecture. See the MicroMasters program page for more.

What you'll learn

  • Cloud migration processes and issues 
  • Business processes to implement cloud solutions
  • Industry standard cloud technologies, standards, and best practices
  • Cloud vendors managements

Meet your instructors

Jeff Tjiputra
Chair of the Cloud Computing Architecture program
University of Maryland Global Campus
Jarrod Jordan
University of Maryland Global Campus

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Frequently asked questions

$25 AWS promotional credit for all students; additional $200 AWS promotional credit for students who purchase a Verified Certificate and earn 80% on the final project.

Is this offer just for students who purchase a Verified Certificate? 

No, all students are eligible for the $25 promotional AWS credit in CC607x. If you purchase a Verified Certificate you will receive an additional $200 promotional AWS credit upon completion of your final project if you earn at least an 80% on that project. 

How do I receive my AWS promotional credit? 

Before beginning your first AWS lab you will find general lab instructions and a link to AWS Educate to request the AWS credit. If you cannot find the link within the instructions, please post in the course discussion forum and one of our teaching assistants will assist you. 

What is the AWS lab? 

In CC607x there are several hands-on labs that are designed to help students understand some of the AWS services. For audit learners (those who do not purchase a Verified Certificate), these labs are optional but we encourage you to complete them. For verified learners (those who purchase a Verified Certificate of Achievement), the labs are a required piece of your final project (or part of the preparation for your final project). 

If I don’t finish the course do I get to keep the AWS promotional credit? 


How do I receive my $200 AWS promotional credit? 

Purchase a Verified Certificate in this course and earn at least 80% on the final project. Once you submit your final project, check back in the course 5 business days after the end of the course for the link to receive your $200 promotional AWS credit (instructor needs 5 days following course end to grade your work before the link will appear). 

To be eligible to receive the $200 promotional AWS credit, do I need to earn 80% or higher in the course or 80% or higher just on the final project? 

80% or higher on the final project. 

If I am having issues accessing the AWS promotional credits, whom do I contact? 

Please contact AWS Educate at the following link: https://aws.amazon.com/education/awseducate/contact-us/. Should there be any issues with the course itself, the lab, or your final project submission, contact the UMGC course team via the course discussion forum. 

Are there any geography restrictions for this offer? 


Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.