IBM Developer Skills Network

IBM Cloud Essentials (Archived)

Get hands-on experience with IBM Cloud, Cloud Foundry, and best practices for agile and test-driven development.

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This course introduces you to the IBM Cloud. You will learn about the many offerings and services IBM Cloud has to deliver enterprise capabilities for private, public, hybrid and multi-cloud.

The course introduces you to the various services models available on the IBM Cloud, from the infrastructure pieces to the platform capabilities and the various categories of services available.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Relate how the IBM Cloud enables the different service (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) models and the different deployment (Public, Hybrid and Private) models of cloud computing
  • Access the IBM Cloud using graphical interfaces, command line tools and the API
  • Discover appropriate IBM Cloud products or services available to deliver specific functionality
  • Articulate the different ways IBM Cloud delivers services to developers and operational teams
  • Summarise core groups of available services


Module 1 - Introduction to the IBM Cloud

  • IBM Cloud deployment options
  • IBM Cloud locations
  • IBM Cloud 'As A Service' summary
  • IBM Cloud account types
  • Cost Estimator and permissions
  • Cloud native

Module 2 - Infrastructure Services

  • Virtual Private Cloud
  • Network services
  • Block and file storage
  • Object storage
  • Backup, recovery and replication services
  • VMWare

Module 3 - Workloads on the IBM Cloud

  • Cloud Foundry
  • Containers and Kubernetes
  • Red Hat OpenShift
  • Cloud functions and serverless

Module 4 - Services and Solutions on the IBM Cloud

  • IBM Cloud Paks
  • Data storage services
  • Analytics services
  • AI and deep learning services
  • Integration services
  • Developer and operations services

General Information

  • This course is free.
  • It is self-paced.
  • It can be taken at any time.

Recommended skills prior to taking this course

There are no hard requirements needed to be able to take the course, however a foundation level understanding of Cloud Computing will help, such as that obtained from the Introduction to Cloud course (CC0101EN)