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Cloud Computing Free Online Course

University System of Maryland (USM) and University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is offering free online course on Cloud Computing for Enterprises. The course is suitable for those who have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field and basic understanding of computer networking.

In this eight-week course, applicants will understand cloud computing technologies and how they can increase business productivity and effectiveness. The course will start on Starts on May 31, 2017.

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Course At A Glance

Length: 8 weeks
Effort:  8-10 hours pw
Subject: Computer Science
Institution: University System of Maryland (USM), University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $249
Session: Course Starts on Starts on May 31, 2017

Providers’ Details

The University System of Maryland (USM) is the state of Maryland’s public higher education system.  The USM consists of three Research Universities, three Historically Black Institutions, four Traditional Comprehensive Institutions, two Regional Education Centers; one Specialized Research institution, and one “Virtual” Institution specializing in online and distance education, and a system office.

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) specializes in educating busy professionals like you. We are a public state university offering career-relevant, affordable education that fits your life. You can earn most degrees and certificates entirely online.

About This Course

Organizations are increasingly moving their critical information and assets to the cloud. Understand the technology, best practices, and economics of cloud computing, and the rewards and risks of this rush to the cloud.

In this course, part of the Cloud Computing MicroMasters program, you will learn the essentials of cloud computing, including Infrastructure As A Service (IaaS), Platform As A Service (PaaS), Software As A Service (SaaS), and other “X as a service” platforms.

Why Take This Course?

You will explore how the cloud can support businesses by increasing productivity and effectiveness.

Learning Outcomes

  • Investigate various cloud computing technologies and providers including public, private and hybrid clouds
  • Analyze the applications of cloud technologies to business
  • Develop strategies to enhance organizational effectiveness using cloud technologies
  • Evaluate the cost benefits of cloud adoption


Dr. Jeff Tjiputra

Dr. Tjiputra is the Chair of the Cloud Computing Architecture program at University of Maryland University College.

Dr. Thomas Underhill

Dr. Underhill is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Maryland University College, and a Senior Director, Cloud Operations at Oracle Corporation.


  • Undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field
  • Basic understanding of computer networking

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