The latest version of the online IBM Cloud Essentials course is now available. Through the activities of this free course, you learn about the many offerings and services on IBM Cloud that make it the most open and secure public cloud for business. For version 3, we made the following updates to the cloud training course:
- Refreshed all sections to match the latest changes of IBM Cloud.
- Added videos to each section to supplement reading material and quizzes.
- Expanded the Services on IBM Cloud section to include blockchain, Internet of Things, DevOps, and databases.
The IBM Cloud Essentials course is available for free through the following three education sites:
By completing this course, you gain foundational knowledge to build and deploy applications using cloud services. You learn about cloud technologies that are available across all major cloud vendors, such as cloud object storage, virtual machines, containers, managed Kubernetes services, database as a service, and artificial intelligence (AI). While you experience the IBM Cloud offerings, you receive theoretical and practical knowledge about the cloud technologies, which enables you to apply the knowledge regardless of cloud vendor.
The 20-hour course is a composed of four sections. It begins with an introduction to the IBM Cloud platform, moves on to infrastructure as a service (IaaS) options, covers deploying applications, and provides an overview of popular IBM Cloud services. In addition to videos, there are also demos of various IBM Cloud features and services in action, and you perform hands-on labs to gain practical experience with IBM Cloud at no charge.
The following table provides a complete breakdown of the topics covered in the course.
|1.1 High-level overview||2.1 Virtual servers||3.1 Containers and Kubernetes||4.1 Databases|
|1.2 Locations and regions||2.2 Block and file storage||3.2 Red Hat OpenShift||4.2 Integration|
|1.3 Account types and support plans||2.3 Object storage||3.3 Cloud Foundry||4.3 AI|
|1.4 Billing and usage||2.4 Network services||3.4 Serverless||4.4 Analytics|
|1.5 Cost estimator||2.5 Virtual private cloud||4.5 DevOps|
|1.6 Identity and access management||2.6 VMware services||4.6 Blockchain|
|4.8 IBM Cloud Paks|
Badging and certification
If you complete the course on the CognitiveClass.ai platform, you can earn the IBM Cloud Essentials badge, which you can then share with your social media networks for public recognition of your new skills. Additionally, this course can help you prepare for the IBM Cloud Foundations V2 certification.
The following screen capture images show samples of the various course topics.
You can also preview two of the course lesson videos on YouTube. The first video is from Section 2.1, specifically, the Virtual servers lesson of the Infrastructure section:
The second video is from Section 3.1. It shows the Containers and Kubernetes lesson of the Deploying applications section:
We tried to make this version the best course possible to learn about IBM Cloud and did not skimp on the finishing touches. As the instructors, we often challenged each other to make modifications that we knew would be extra work for us, but provide a better experience for you. By taking this course, we hope that you enjoy learning about IBM Cloud.